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Gardening Tools for your Climate-Friendly Garden

Home gardeners are on the first line of defense to protect against climate change. They see the effects of poor gardening practices right in their own backyard with poor soil, erosion due to harsher weather, and fewer pollinators due to failing to plant natively. But, it’s not too late; as a climate-friendly gardener you can improve your own little piece of heaven. That´s why in this post I show you gardening tools for your climate-friendly garden.

Gardening Tools for your climate-friendly garden

Home gardeners are on the first line of defense to protect against climate change. They see the effects of poor gardening practices right in their own backyard with poor soil, erosion due to harsher weather, and fewer pollinators due to failing to plant natively. But, it’s not too late; as a climate-friendly gardener you can improve your own little piece of heaven. That´s why in this post I show you gardening tools for your climate-friendly garden.

Please note that this post contains affiliate links. If you purchase anything using them, I may receive a small commission at NO extra cost to you. I only provide links to products of which I think they are useful to you and I try to link to eco-friendly products at the same time. For more information please read my disclosure & privacy policy.

People Power

Try to use tools that don’t use gas or electricity when you can. Hand tools and your own bare hands are better for the environment and your garden than gas-powered tools that add carbon dioxide to the environment. Plus, it keeps you fit. Both of my grandmothers used to work a lot in their own gardens and didn´t use any pesticides. The benefits where a lot of fresh air and exercise. One of them is 101 and the other 96 years old. I am not saying, that this alone kept them young for longer, but it definitely helped 🙂

Rich Soil

Your most important ingredient for gardening is using the right soil for the plants that you want to grow. Do not use synthetic ingredients in your soil. Plants take CO2 from the air and turn it into starches and sugar. This combines with other types of carbon which then turns into a plant that people and animals eat. When you buy or seed your plants, make sure you know which type of soil you have and what type they need. There are many natural ways to provide the right soil for your plants.

Composting Equipment for your climate-friendly garden

The one thing you really want to do to practice climate-friendly gardening is to compost. To accomplish this, you simply need an aerator, air, water, the sun, and organic material. You may need a hand cultivator or fork, a screener, and something to collect kitchen waste in to help, like this compost bin or this really decorative kitchen waste collector.

Electric Mower

A gas-powered mower puts too much carbon dioxide into the air and should not be used by the climate-friendly gardener. Therefore, look for electric mowers because they are healthier for the environment.

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Push Mower

If you really want to impact the environment positively, a manual push mower will work best. It’s good for the grass too because it cuts it differently than other types of mowers, with less damage.
Or use a scythe. I know it is more complicated, but it is definitely the most eco-friendly way to cut your lawn. When I was a kid our neighbour used to cut his this way and I used to find it fascinating to watch.

These were the gardening tools for your climate-friendly garden in the sense of proper tools. Read on to find out how to further make your garden more climate-friendly.

Organic Fertilizer

Try to avoid synthetic fertilizer and use only organic fertilizers that aren’t fuel based. They should have the right compounds for your needs based on the tests you perform on your planting areas. You can use manure from cows and from chickens.
If your soil and plants need calcium, there is one easy way to provide it: next time you boil eggs, let the water cool down and then mix it with the water for your plants.

Chickens

Chickens are great for gardening as their manure is a good source of nitrogen for your compost pile. They also work great as they can clear up to 50 square feet of land per chicken within six weeks. This is, if you have the space. Otherwise you can get the manure of somebody who has chickens.

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Plant Cover Crops

Also, never leave your garden soil empty. Always replace crops with a crop cover of some kind to keep the soil healthy and manage erosion, weeds, and diseases. Plant grains, grasses, and legumes make good cover crops.

Trees and Shrubs

Control water runoff, plant damage, erosion, and even cool down a hot spot in your yard with the right trees and shrubs. Look for native plants for the best results that most fit your needs.

Wildlife

Make your garden animal friendly and inviting. Insects will help you pollinate, birds, bats and lizards will help keep unwanted insects under control. Use attracting the right animals as natural replacement for pesticides.
In my next post I will explain a bit more how you can attract the right kind of wildlife to your garden.


Using these tools and your own bare hands, you can create a fruitful garden that gives you all the food you and your family need, while improving the environment instead of ruining it. In fact, if everyone used these same tools and practices in their gardening and yard care, we could help slow down climate change damage.

Home gardeners are on the first line of defense to protect against climate change. They see the effects of poor gardening practices right in their own backyard with poor soil, erosion due to harsher weather, and fewer pollinators due to failing to plant natively. But, it’s not too late; as a climate-friendly gardener you can improve your own little piece of heaven. That´s why in this post I show you gardening tools for your climate-friendly garden.

I hope, you have found some helpful tips and gardening tools for your climate-friendly garden. Let me know what you are doing in your garden to make it climate-friendly.

You might also enjoy reading: 10 good reasons to start going green, 25 ways to protect our environment on a budget, Green living & feeling guilty and  How to teach your kids the importance of green living.

Special opportunity starting October 25th! Take part in my live training “A Quick Start Guide To Creating An Eco-friendly Home Without Overwhelm And Frustration“!

Home gardeners are on the first line of defense to protect against climate change. They see the effects of poor gardening practices right in their own backyard with poor soil, erosion due to harsher weather, and fewer pollinators due to failing to plant natively. But, it’s not too late; as a climate-friendly gardener you can improve your own little piece of heaven. That´s why in this post I show you gardening tools for your climate-friendly garden.

Why you should use coconut oil on your skin

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Why you should use coconut oil on your skin. Instead of using all those chemicals, coconut oil gives you not only healthy looking skin, it actually gives you healthy skin! Ideal natural skin care

What can coconut oil do for your skin?

I love coconut oil and use it for many things. Not only for cooking!

Starting an eco-friendly lifestyle, I was looking into reducing chemicals and going more natural in my product choices. That´s when I found the miracle coconut oil. I use it as well in my shower gel I make myself and love the way it makes my whole body feel. Plus, it is one of the main ingredients in my mosquito repelling deodorant. I am still working on a toothpaste I am happy with using coconut oil… Once I found one, I will let you know. 🙂

Coconut oil has one of the richest sources of saturated fat, with about 90% of its calories in saturated fat. It also has a plentiful amount of uses for your skin, all of which will help to preserve the glow of your natural skin.

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Why you should use coconut oil on your skin instead of lotion

Commercial moisturizers make your skin feel nourished because of the water, but as soon as that water evaporates, your skin becomes dry and dehydrated. Plus, many of these moisturizers contain petroleum-based ingredients that will, in the long run, suffocate your skin.Not to mention all the other chemicals bought moisturizers can contain.

However, use coconut oil on your skin to provide you with a deeper cleansing. It will help to strengthen your primary tissues. It also removes any excess dead cells on the skin’s surface which can make your skin appear rough and scaly.

Coconut oil can solve plenty of skin issues. I use it to soothe bug bites, help with any rashes, get rid of flaky skin, easily remove any eye makeup, soften my wrinkles, protect me from sun damage, and to keep my tan in place for longer.

Lastly, it can heal skin faster. This is because coconut oil has medium chain fatty acids. It will quickly absorb into the skin providing nutrition and energy. This process provides your skin with all the energy that it will need to heal and maintain itself.

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Benefits of coconut oil

* Coconut oil has been proven to have antibacterial and antifungal properties.

* It can help cure your acne; it kills the bacteria causing the blemishes in the skin.

* Coconut oil used as a deodorant removes any body odor much better than any deodorant I have ever used.

* Mixed with a few drops of bergamot essential oil, coconut oil can help to heal chapped lips and cold sores.

* Coconut oil is natural – there are no chemicals in it.

* The Vitamin E found in coconut oil is known to help soothe psoriasis and eczema.

* It contains three fatty acids: capric acid, lauric acid, and caprylic acid. All three of these acids can kill candida, which is a common cause of fungal infections in the skin.

* Coconut oil can be used as a diaper cream acting as a barrier to help prevent diaper rash.

* Coconut oil helps lighten age spots.

* It helps prevent stretch marks when pregnant.

* When used consistently on skin, it can get rid of cellulite.

* It can help to improve the itch of chicken pox and poison ivy.

* Coconut oil, when placed on cuticles, can help nails to grow.

For best results:

For your face, apply as you would with any other moisturizer. Only use a small amount; use about twice a week. Wipe off after two minutes. If irritation occurs then don´t use coconut oil on your skin.

Instead of using coconut oil on the rest of my body, I have made my own shower gel. You can read more about it and the benefits of the other ingredients here.

Has coconut oil worked for you? If so, what are your favorite uses for coconut oil?

You might also be interested in my deodorant using only 4 natural ingredients, How to teach kids the importance of green living, 10 good reasons to start going green or Green living & feeling guilty.

Special opportunity starting October 25th! Take part in my live training “A Quick Start Guide To Creating An Eco-friendly Home Without Overwhelm And Frustration“!

Why you should use coconut oil on your skin. Instead of using all those chemicals, coconut oil gives you not only healthy looking skin, it actually gives you healthy skin! Ideal natural skin care

10 Good Reasons To Start Going Green

I always thought that you need to be rich to be able to protect our environment… Now I know, that exactly the opposite is the case: everyone can and should start protecting our environment! That´s why today I want to give you 10 good reasons to start going green.

In this post I give you 10 good reasons to start going green. Protecting our environment is for everyone, poor & rich. Do it for the future of our planet!

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Here I don´t want to say, that you have to go to extremes, but if everyone starts doing a bit, we will notice a big change. This get´s me to reason number 1:

1) We only have ONE earth!

Astronomers are searching the universe for earth-like planets, but they haven´t found another earth yet… And even if they should, it would be too far away to go there once we have used up all natural resources here.

And exactly there lays the problem. We are using up our natural resources fast. To protect those and the future of humankind on this planet, we should start using more recycled and sustainable materials.

2) Going green saves money!

When you start a more eco-friendly life, you will start saving water and energy. This in exchange will already save you money. Even without solar panels, there is a lot you can do at home to reduce your energy bills. I explain more about this in 25 ways to protect the environment on a budget and as well in my FREE pdf 15 Tips on starting a greener life.

There are many more ways you can save money by going green. When you start growing your own herbs and vegetables, walk more, shop more conscious you will notice the difference.

3) Do it for your children, not for yourself

We will most likely not see the consequences of our efforts, but our children and their´s will. Continuing the way we are going at the moment, our children or their children will not have a planet to live on anymore.

Remember those Sci-Fi films where only the rich and powerful get to live on a different planet or a better place? Everyone else get´s left behind to fend for themselves, if they can. Well, I don´t think that society is going to change that much in those years until we have turned earth uninhabitable to take everyone. And then, go and destroy another planet?

Let´s give our kids a bright and healthy future!

4) Eco-friendly materials last longer and are better for your health

Eco-friendly materials are made without any toxins, harmful chemicals and are often from recycled materials. Therefore they are much better for your health and help keeping our resources.

They are more expensive, but they last up to 5 times longer than cheaper materials. I have asked in our local paint warehouse to get an explanation of the differences between eco-friendly and normal paint. Apart from what I already mentioned here I have been given an example on duration. If a normal paint lasts 1 year, say, then the ecofriendly paint lasts at least 3, in comparison, if both are applied properly. This means at a bit less than double the price, I still save money going for the eco-friendly.

In addition going for eco-friendly and fair trade products helps reducing toxins and chemicals in air and water, as those are not used. Which in return is good for everyone´s health.

Buying second-hand products for the home is also eco-friendly as it reduces waste and doesn´t require more resources.

5) Better Air

By living more eco-friendly you will better the air quality in your home through plants/herbs. Outside the air quality will get better as well, because you will reduce the use of your car, reduce your carbon footprint and other´s (fabrics, shops, buying local produce so less transport, etc.). You will also make sure that there are enough plants, trees, bushes outside of your home to better air quality.

Apart from those, the air quality in your home will be better, because you will use less chemical products that effect the air you breathe.

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6) Going green improves your health and skin

When you go green, you will allow less chemical products onto your skin and into your body. This will massively improve your health and your skin will also look a lot healthier.

Since I´ve started using my DIY deodorant, I smell less sweaty and I know that I am reducing my chances to get breast cancer. My skin feels sooo much better and doesn´t need any extra cream since I made my own shower gel.

You also start eating healthier as you are making sure that you get food free from toxins and other chemicals that could get into your body.

And you will walk more which obviously is good for your health too. 🙂

7) You get more conscious about what you buy

You will start reading the labels more and more. Becoming more critical of certain ingredients. And you also will become a smarter shopper as you will not fall for misleading advertisements.

Going green means reducing waste, so you will start thinking twice before you buy something you might not use or need. Food waste will be more or less avoided as well.

Shopping for more local products, you will help the local economy, reduce the carbon footprint and you will have the peace of mind knowing where it is from. Plus, you can make some valuable connections.

8) You yourself become a better person

As I already said at the beginning: some good reasons to start going green are not for you. It will be for the benefit of future generations, of our planet and of everything living on it. This alone makes you a better person already!

You will start feeling calmer and happier as you are under less influence of chemicals and feel healthier as well.

Through shopping more local products, you will have more interaction with others which is good for the soul.

Reducing waste and what you buy, you will not be so money and consume orientated. Giving items you don´t need anymore to charities will also make you feel very good within yourself.

9) Help local economy grow

I have already mentioned it several times throughout the post. Once you start living more eco-friendly, you start shopping local products and therefore support local business. Supporting local business grows local economy and helps reducing our carbon footprint.

It as well means that you feel more independent.

It gives you a direct influence as well in knowing where and how products have been produced. Knowing this, you might be able to make some changes asking for eco-friendlier ways or products.

This get´s me to the last of our 10 good reasons to start going green:

10) Supply & Demand

We all have heard of the principle of supply and demand. Once more and more people, including you, start demanding eco-friendly and fair trade products, companies will change their range accordingly. The more people buy those products, the more affordable they get.

I have seen this happening with the electric cars. When they first came out beginning of this century, there was not much demand as there were not many options to actually charge a car. Being something new and eco-friendly they were also pretty expensive. For a while those cars seem to have disappeared, but rising awareness of our environment has brought them back onto the market. Now you have got the facilities to charge those cars and the demand has risen and the price is much more affordable.

There are so many more good reasons to start going green, but I leave it at that for today.

I hope, you have enjoyed this post and have started thinking about going green a bit more.

If you are interested in this subject, you might also be interested in: 25 ways to protect our environment on a budget, How to teach your kids the importance of green living and Green living & feeling guilty.

Do you want to learn more on how to start? Then you might want to get my free pdf 15 Tips on starting a greener life. Or buy my e-book “Ease into Green Living” and a 30 minute call with me, where you can ask me anything 🙂

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In this post I give you 10 good reasons to start going green. Protecting our environment is for everyone, poor & rich. Do it for the future of our planet!

 

Green Living and Feeling Guilty

I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine about protecting the environment, plastic, zero waste and green living and we got as well to the subject of feeling guilty… remembering back to the beginning, living in an area where it is absolutely impossible to go zero waste and the guilt trips I sent myself on, I decided to write about green living and feeling guilty.

Green living and feeling guilty: why you should stop feeling guilty and how it can actually help you to stay on the right path

 

There is 2 different types of green living & feeling guilty: One you can use to your advantage and one you should put aside and ignore.

When green living and feeling guilty is okay:

It happens to us all. We go shopping and forgot to take bags with us…

Or we buy the takeaway coffee, the sweets that are singly packed in a packet.

We take the car instead of walking because it is quicker.

I am guilty of buying loads of plastic bags. But on the other hand, I wanted to make a lot of things from plastic bags, so they will be used. And I use them for picking up the litter when we take our dog for a walk.

No, stop feeling guilty and start learning from your guilty feeling! Learn from your “mistakes” and change your habits. I now always have bags everywhere. And when I use them for shopping, they go straight by the door, so I can put them back into the car.

I also started remembering my own coffee cup! Now I don´t have to buy a coffee in a throw away cup or have none 🙂

When green living and feeling guilty is not good and you have to stop:

Some people I spoke to got discouraged, because they straight away aim to go zero waste. As I said many times: going zero waste is a great ideal to aim for, but next to impossible to achieve. So, please be realistic in you expectations as well! Don´t put yourself under pressure!

We live in an area where it is extremely hard to buy things without packaging. I always felt guilty, but we still need to eat!

Here is where feeling guilty needs to stop! As long as you do what you can, it´s fine.

A few days ago I went shopping. I was standing in front of the shelves with the rice. There was a packet of ecological rice I was looking at. Then I see a local rice and decided to buy this one instead. Why? Simple, this one was packed in carton whereas the ecological was in plastic packaging.

More examples: we love muffins and I don´t always have the time to bake. So I now buy the muffins which are not singly packed within a plastic pack. I cannot avoid buying them in plastic, but I can avoid unnecessary packaging.

As you might know, we have recently “adopted” the dog of my mother in law as she cannot look after him anymore. On one hand, we are using a lot more plastic bags than ever. But they are biodegradable. And we get out more, carrying another plastic bag to pick up all the litter we find.

Let´s re-cap: Green living and feeling guilty

Specially when you are first starting: don´t beat yourself up when you slip up! Learn from it and avoid making the same mistake.

Every tiny step counts! So, focus on what you already have achieved instead on what not.

And lastly, don´t feel guilty when you cannot change the situation.

Your turn: Where are you feeling guilty? And where did you stop feeling guilty already?

If you are not sure on where to start, download my FREE pdf “15 Tips on Starting a Greener Life

Other post that might interest you: How to teach your kids the importance of green living, 25 ways to protect the environment when on a budget and, if you want to go a bit deeper into it, my e-book “Ease into Green Living“.

Green living and feeling guilty: why you should stop feeling guilty and how it can actually help you to stay on the right path