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.
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 🙂
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.
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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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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