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3 Sustainability tips for your home garden

by Jo Ann Haven 05/22/2023

If you’re interested in ways to live more sustainably, one of the best places to start is your home garden. There are plenty of sustainable gardening methods that are simple, inexpensive and benefit your garden while reducing your environmental impact. No matter what type or size of garden you have, there are ways you can make it more sustainable.

Compost your food & garden waste

By composting, you can feed your home garden with DIY fertilizer while putting your organic food waste to good use. Save your kitchen scraps like eggshells, vegetable peels and coffee grounds to turn into nutrient-rich soil conditioner. You can also use your gardening waste like weeds, grass clippings and fallen leaves for compost.

Plant carefully

Choosing native plants for your home garden is another sustainable gardening practice you should consider. Native plants are already adapted to your local climate and environmental conditions, meaning they’ll flourish with less effort while supporting the ecosystem.

You can also use plants with natural pest control properties to avoid using synthetic pesticides and other harsh chemicals.

Conserve & recycle water

Water is a precious resource and necessary for happy gardens. However, there are ways you can be a more sustainable gardener with your water usage. The first thing you can do is try reducing your watering schedule, so your plants only get a drink when they really need it. This will help you save water and prevent overwatering your more sensitive plants.

Collecting and using rainwater is another excellent way to make your garden more sustainable. Even if you don’t live in a particularly rainy area, you can save up extra water runoff to use in your garden when you need it. You can purchase full rainwater collection systems, or simply have a barrel or bucket by your downspout to gather surplus.

The most sustainable gardens are efficient and make the most of the resources available, including recycled resources like water and composted nutrients. If you want to have a more sustainable garden at home, these are some great ways to start.

About the Author

Jo Ann Haven

Have you spent the past 35 years learning all you can about your new home in Brevard County? Do you know which neighborhoods meet your needs? Which school districts are the best? Where you get the most value for your investment and what local infrastructure changes are just around the bend?
Jo Ann does. She has loved this area since moving here over three decades ago. As a qualified realtor and parent, she knows the right questions to ask and can help you find your perfect home regardless of whether you’re a first-time or forever-home buyer. Condos, townhomes, and single family homes on the mainland or luxury homes on our barrier islands, Jo Ann can assist you in making the right choices for your current and long-term residence. And if you decide to rent while looking, she can help with that, too.
With the same dedication Jo Ann has put into training to run half marathons and other short races, she will explain the buying process, answer your questions (over and over if needed), and guide you through the hoops to home ownership. Call or email and let’s get started.