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Organic Chemical-Free Gardening

Every year, thousands of chemicals are poured into the environment and millions of gallons of water are needlessly wasted. How? By growing plants. Sure, most of this is done by large agricultural producers, but some of it is still done in personal gardens. And that means that you can make a difference by changing yourself to organic chemical-free gardening practices. There are many agricultural producers who have done it. You can use the same tricks to help your own garden. And the planet.

Learn how to change from using harming, unhealthy products in your garden to organic chemical-free gardening practices. This post introduces the basics #greenlivingtips #ecotips #gardening #gardeningtips #tjalvasdiy #ecogarden

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Organic chemical-free gardening basics:

1. Pick appropriate plants

Not all plants are appropriate for the area you live in. While you might be able to control the temperature, humidity, and rain conditions inside your house, you can’t do it out in the garden. If you pick appropriate plants for your area, you may be able to avoid using fertilizers and saving on water too. Research what plants are native to your surrounding areas and try planting them in your own garden. Wildflowers are just that. They can pretty much be left alone and will thrive in most areas. Plus, wildflowers are important for many insects such as bees. As I have said already several times, bees are on the list of endangered species now. So let´s help them by planting local wildflowers!

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2. Pick natural repelling plants

You don’t need to rely on poisons to keep away garden ruining pests and mosquitoes too. Many plants produce chemicals that repel these animals naturally. By putting them in or around your garden, you can keep your garden safe with little effort and no chemicals. Plus, you can pick parts of these plants and use them to make products to keep them away from you too. One of those plants which are very handy in this respect and useful to you as well is garlic.

If you don’t want to plant natural repellents in your garden, then you can use them to spray your plants without harming them or adding artificial chemicals to your garden. Many herbs like hot pepper, vanilla, and lavender can help repel insects from your garden.

Starting from March 1st: The Ecofriendly Spring Cleaning Challenge! Want a cleaner home and life but want to stay away from harsh chemicals and cleaners? Then join the challenge 🙂

3. Pull weeds

We’re all looking for a quick and easy way to safely get rid of weeds without chemicals, but the good old-fashioned way is still very effective. If you take time every day to pull the weeds you can find, you’ll only take a few minutes so it doesn’t seem like a lot of work. You can even get the kids involved, just be sure to do it properly so you don’t spread the seeds around. There are even some common weeds that are edible, just make sure there are no pesticides that could have gotten on them. In my post on “How to attract wildlife into your garden” I recommend leaving a corner of your garden where you let weeds grow to give habitat to many useful animals. These animals are your allies in your organic chemical-free gardening practice, so obviously you want them to feel at home.

4. Crop rotation

Farmers all over the world use crop rotation to naturally fertilize plants and to keep the soil healthy. The concept is to change what crop you’re putting in a certain field each year. Plants use different nutrients and put other nutrients back into the soil. Therefore, if you rotate crops that replace the nutrients the other plants use, you will have to fertilize the soil less.

You can use this same concept in your garden by planting different plants every year, or just rotating where you put specific plants in the garden. This is especially useful in your vegetable garden part and an absolute winner for organic chemical-free gardening as the plants are doing the job of fertilizers.

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So, you’ve made all these changes and now you are practicing low-water, organic chemical-free gardening? Well, you still haven’t done the most important thing: pass it on! One garden can make a dent, but more can make a bigger difference. Tell your friends, teach your kids, you can even visit their school and teach your kid´s friends! Every little bit helps to make a better world.

You might also enjoy reading: Why you should encourage wildlife into your garden, How to attract wildlife into your garden, How to make your own bird feeders, Gardening tools for your climate-friendly garden and 10 good reasons to start going green.

Learn how to change from using harming, unhealthy products in your garden to organic chemical-free gardening practices. This post introduces the basics #greenlivingtips #ecotips #gardening #gardeningtips #tjalvasdiy #ecogarden

Learn how to change from using harming, unhealthy products in your garden to organic chemical-free gardening practices. This post introduces the basics #greenlivingtips #ecotips #gardening #gardeningtips #tjalvasdiy #ecogarden
Learn how to change from using harming, unhealthy products in your garden to organic chemical-free gardening practices. This post introduces the basics #greenlivingtips #ecotips #gardening #gardeningtips #tjalvasdiy #ecogarden
Learn how to change from using harming, unhealthy products in your garden to organic chemical-free gardening practices. This post introduces the basics #greenlivingtips #ecotips #gardening #gardeningtips #tjalvasdiy #ecogarden
Learn how to change from using harming, unhealthy products in your garden to organic chemical-free gardening practices. This post introduces the basics #greenlivingtips #ecotips #gardening #gardeningtips #tjalvasdiy #ecogarden

Attract wildlife into your garden

I promised in the podcast “Why you should attract wildlife into your garden” to do another explaining how to attract wildlife into your garden. Seeing that it is World Wildlife Day soon, here it is in honour of this day.

There are soo many things you can do to attract wildlife into your garden! Far too many to mention them all here. So today I am going to show you some of the basics of how to attract wildlife into your garden. And over time I will add more detailed posts. So, keep your eyes open 🙂

In a climate-friendly garden, you plant strategically to attract natural predators to take care of the pests you don’t want in your garden. Here are some ways you can work toward attracting wildlife to help you care for your garden naturally. Doing this means you don’t need to use chemical pesticides or unnatural practices to keep a healthy garden which is not only better for the environment, but for you and your family as well.

How to attract wildlife into your garden. This post and podcast brings you the basics of how you can attract useful wildlife into your garden. #gardening #greenlivingtips #ecofriendlylife #tjalvasdiy #wildlife #greenliving

Please note that this page 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 relevant to what I blog about. These commissions allow me to continue providing value on this blog and my podcast by hopefully covering the cost. For more information please read my disclosure & privacy policy.

Plant trees, hedges and shrubs

If you still can fully plan your garden then plan in to plant a variety of trees and shrubs in many different sizes and types. These will provide food for birds, bees, and other wildlife that are beneficial for your garden. Providing nesting sites for many different types of animals is good for the ecology of your garden.

Should you not be able to plan your full garden anymore, then try to incorporate bushes and shrubs. And think twice before cutting down a tree. Apart from attracting wildlife into your garden and providing shelter and food for them, they also give your home shade in summer which will keep it cooler.

Keep the deadwood

Dying trees or parts of a dying tree have a big use to gardeners. They are habitats for organisms that keep your garden ecosystem healthy. Fungi, mosses and insects will attract birds to them who will eat them. They are also habitats for snakes, lizards and other animals, so locate them strategically. And don’t worry: garden snakes are good because they eat rats and small mammals or slugs and other insects that will otherwise eat the food from your garden.

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Create water features to attract wildlife into your garden

Creating water features can also bring wildlife to your garden, such as frogs. Ensure that your water features are water catchment systems. Save rain water by investing in containers to catch the water. You can also save your gray water from your washer or shower if you ensure that you use the right types of soaps and detergents that are safe.

Water is important for all wildlife you want to attract into your garden, including birds, bees, butterflies, dragon flies…

Keep some grass long

Plant longer grasses in some areas of your lawn. It provides cover for small animals, reptiles and caterpillars. If you leave some of your grass uncut throughout the year, alternating the areas every couple of years to avoid the grass from becoming too coarse, then you’ll create plenty of places for these animals to be where they help not harm your garden. You can also make some seed bombs with your kids including wild flowers into your long grass areas.

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Plant variety

It’s important to plant a diversity of different types of plants that are native to your area, and the right plants for the climate of your area. You can often discover many varieties at locally owned garden centers as opposed to chain garden centers. Doing so will help cut down on pests and on problems with plants which are not cut out for your climate.

Encourage wildflowers

Don’t automatically get rid of all wildflowers as “weeds”. Some of them are beautiful and they can be very valuable to improve the ecology of your garden. They also provide food for insects and butterflies which can encourage pollination of your plants, but less eating of your plants. Nettles are especially helpful for providing a breeding area for butterflies.

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Put up bird houses and nesting boxes

If you’d like more birds in your garden, you can put up nesting boxes on walls, in fences and in trees facing the right way to provide shelter for birds. Put them up at least six to seven feet off the ground to keep them protected. Be sure to clean these boxes each year when the birds have left the boxes to cut down on parasites.

In winter give birds food with those easy made bird feeders. The birds will thank you by staying the rest of the year as well catching mosquitoes and other unwelcome insects.

Create a rocky garden area

Lizards love to make their home in between rocks. Use rocks local to your area, make sure there are enough gaps, sunny spots and a water source nearby and you will attract them to your garden. They will help you controlling snail and grass hopper populations in return. The area doesn´t have to be big, just make them a homely corner.

The beautiful thing about climate-friendly gardening practices is that they naturally attract just the right wildlife to your garden, helping you protect against disease and pests naturally without chemicals and fuel-based pesticides.

I hope you have found a lot of ideas on how to attract wildlife into your garden. As I said before, there is more to come, so keep checking. What are you doing already to attract wildlife into your garden? Let me know in the comments.

You might also enjoy reading: How to make your own bird feeders, Green living & pets and Gardening tools for your climate-friendly garden.

How to attract wildlife into your garden. This post and podcast brings you the basics of how you can attract useful wildlife into your garden. #gardening #greenlivingtips #ecofriendlylife #tjalvasdiy #wildlife #greenliving

How to attract wildlife into your garden. This post and podcast brings you the basics of how you can attract useful wildlife into your garden. #gardening #greenlivingtips #ecofriendlylife #tjalvasdiy #wildlife #greenliving
How to attract wildlife into your garden. This post and podcast brings you the basics of how you can attract useful wildlife into your garden. #gardening #greenlivingtips #ecofriendlylife #tjalvasdiy #wildlife #greenliving
How to attract wildlife into your garden. This post and podcast brings you the basics of how you can attract useful wildlife into your garden. #gardening #greenlivingtips #ecofriendlylife #tjalvasdiy #wildlife #greenliving
How to attract wildlife into your garden. This post and podcast brings you the basics of how you can attract useful wildlife into your garden. #gardening #greenlivingtips #ecofriendlylife #tjalvasdiy #wildlife #greenliving

Green living and pets

The 20th of March is National Love your Pet Day and our family has a new member! A little dog called Scruffy. I didn’t choose the name… My mother in law moved back to England and couldn’t take him, so he’s with us now. I must admit, I never thought about green living and pets before, but now I have to face a few obstacles in our lifestyle…

Our use of plastic bags suddenly shot through the roof! It has caused quite a conflict for me as there is still a lot that I have to buy in plastic, but now on top of that poo bags, dog food in aluminium and dog food in plastic packaging…

That’s why I decided to look deeper into green living and pets.

Green Living and Pets - Is it possible? This post and podcast shows that even though pets are not very green, living ecofriendly and having pets is possible! #greenliving #pets #greenlivingtips #ecofriendly #ecfriendlylifestyle #tjalvasdiy #ecotips

Please note that this page 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 relevant to what I blog about. These commissions allow me to continue providing value on this blog and my podcast by hopefully covering the cost. For more information please read my disclosure & privacy policy.

Our first green pet product

One of my first concerns were the poop bags. We used up the ones we got with Scruffy and then got eco-friendly poop bags. But, at least with our dog it didn´t stop there. I quickly learned that Scruffy did at least 2 to 5 poops on a walk instead of just one. At the beginning I used to throw the used bag into the nearest bin.

This quickly added up to about 8 bags a day or more. Something had to change, ecofriendly bags or not. Now I keep the bag until the nearest bin to home. I have learned to pick up several poops with only one bag. This way we only use about 2 bags a day 🙂

Having a pet, specially a carnivore really is not ecofriendly, but good for the soul. One of the things that can be done is changing their food to ecofriendly versions.

I had a look into using the poop maybe for composting, but I quickly learned that poop is only good for composting if it comes from a plant-eating animal. So, not dogs…

The next 2 things I want to get if and when they need replacing is an ecofriendly dog collar and an ecofriendly dog leash.

Green Pet food

For dogs and cats try buying grain free foods without beef and, at best, using natural ingredients. This will not only benefit your pet, but the environment as well.

We have learned this quickly as Scruffy has got sensitive skin and our vet recommended to go grain free. And it helped! He now scratches a lot less. We still had some food left of what my mother in law had given us, so I didn´t have a look into healthier, greener options before talking to the vet…

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For rabbits, hamsters and birds go with as natural as possible as well. I remember my rabbit got extremely old and we mainly fed him fresh food from our garden. One of my best memories is sitting in front of him eating my carrot while he was munching on his.

Please get advise of an expert on the exact nutritional needs of your pet though. I am not an expert, but know that natural is always the better option. I am not able to give you more advise than this!

How else can you live green with your pet?

Don´t buy pet toys if you can recycle or repurpose something instead! You can cut an old T-shirt or top into strings, bind them together and you have a rope toy. Or put the strings together to make a yarn ball for your cat.

Old socks make great toys for both as well. Just be careful then about good socks lying around…

Reduce chemicals you use in the house to look after your pets health.

Do not use a hair dryer to dry your pet after a bath or a walk in the rain. Just use a towel to dry the fur. Your pet will thank you as it will be more like giving them a bit of extra attention and most pets love to get stroked. This way green living and pets get´s definitely more ecofriendly.

Pet Grooming Products For Green Living and Pets

  • Ecofriendly Pet Grooming Mitts:  they are good for all types of pets, whether you have a small dog, a cat, or a large horse. You can wear it on either hand; or get two so that you can massage and clean larger pets fast. It’s as easy as petting your animal. No waste and reusable. Outside of all these benefits, it’s very calming to your pets too. They’ll love it.

If you don´t like the idea of a mitt, then go for a

  • Bamboo brush: When you brush your pet, you should consider what happens to the brush when it is time to replace it. It goes right into a landfill. But, if you purchase an eco-brush that’s latex free and made from wood or bamboo, most of the brush will compost instead.
  • Eco-friendly shampoos:  You don’t want to get your dogs too wet in the winter, and some animals just do not like getting wet. You can clean off your dirty, smelly dog with a no-rinse formula. It cleans and conditions – and what’s more, if ecofriendly it’s totally natural and pH balanced. There are several ecofriendly pet shampoos for when you do give your pet a bath. Sometimes it’s easier to wash a pet with a bar of soap rather than using a liquid that requires two hands to get to them. The link above has a list of all of them, so you can find the right one for you.

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  • Clean Dog Ears: Nothing’s worse than your dog getting itchy mites in his ears. You can fix that naturally with this all-natural dog ear cleaner. It’s made in the USA with all-natural ingredients, and it’s cruelty free. What could be better?
  • Bamboo tooth brushes: Use bamboo and wooden products that are biodegradable. (Hint: you can use them for people too.) This means that when you toss them they do not go into a landfill; you can compost them instead.
  • Ecofriendly pee pads: These are extremely handy if you have an older dog who cannot hold it anymore and for girl dogs.

Your pets are part of the family and this means you can make your life as green as possible with pets. And why not treat them with extra special care right along with the environment?

As you can see, green living and pets is possible.

I hope you have learned a few things on the way and have enjoyed reading this post. Do you know anyone who might be interested in finding out more about green living and pets? Then please share this post with them! Thank you.

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What to do with old clothes?

It´s Second Hand Wardrobe Week and I thought this would be a great chance to show you what you can do with old clothes. There are sooo many options.

What to do with old clothes? It´s Second Hand Wardrobe Week and I thought this would be a great chance to show you what you can do with old clothes. Options for ripped clothes too! #donate #reuse #repurpose #recycle #greenliving #greenlivingtips #greenlivingideas #tjalvasdiy #ecoliving #ecofriendlytips

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.

Donate or hand me downs

Do you still remember hand me downs? Or have you at least heard of them? Hand me downs were ecofriendly without most people realising they were doing our planet a favour. And there is nothing wrong with giving/getting hand me downs.

I still remember my husband the first time I brought home some clothes from a friend of mine who´s son is a bit older than ours. He wasn´t happy at all saying that we are not both working to have to get second-hand clothes for our son. We can buy what he needs. I explained that he is right, but many of those clothes were only worn a few times and they looked brand new. Kids grow out of them pretty quick. And it wasn´t about saving money, it was about it being a shame to “throw them away”. Plus, our son loved them as they were from his older friend and had his heroes on. He still gets new clothes as well.

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Don´t have anybody to hand the clothes to? Then donate them! I am sure there is a charity close by which will be over the moon to take them. We give a lot of clothes to charity. Mainly because most of our friends and neighbours know we are going there regularly (I get our free range eggs from the farm next door) and give theirs to us.

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Sell them

Are your old clothes still in a really good condition? Then you could take them to your nearest thrift store or second-hand shop and see if they will buy them.

Another really good way to sell unwanted clothes are local selling apps and Facebook groups. Take nice photos of each item you want to sell and load them up. You might get lucky and someone else really loves what you don´t want or need anymore.

What else to do with old clothes

Do you have clothes that are not good enough to donate or sell? Cut them up and use them as cleaning cloths and/or ecofriendly wet wipes! This can be done with old bedding, t-shirts, some skirts and shirts.

Pants that are too short or have ripped in the knee can be turned into shorts. Cut them off to whatever length you want your shorts to be, and hem them. Long sleeved shirts and tops can be turned into short-sleeved the same way.

Or upcycle them into some home decor. I have seen jeans being turned into flower pots, rugs made out of cut up clothes, bags made from denim, new clothes made out of several old ones, patchwork quilts made from jeans or flannel… The list goes on and on. This reminds me that I will have to write a post or several on such projects… So, keep checking.

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Take your old ripped clothes to H&M

Yes! You did read right. H&M has got a program world-wide taking your old clothes and recycling them into new fashion.

I recently bought 2 beautiful dresses and the tag said: out of 80% recycled material. This made me aware of their program and I researched a bit more.

Clothes that are not good enough anymore to give away or sell can be taken to any H&M store. There you will receive a voucher you can then use in their shop. The amount on the voucher obviously depends on how many pieces you did bring. So, I wouldn´t try to bring just 1 skirt…

Those clothes then get recycled and turned into new fabric to make new clothes. I think it is absolutely brilliant!

Please note that I am NOT affiliated with H&M. But I love their program and wanted to mention it here as I think it is very useful to you.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and have found some new ideas! What do you do with your old clothes? Let me know 🙂

You might also enjoy reading: Why cotton clothes are NOT ecofriendly, 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.

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What to do with old clothes? It´s Second Hand Wardrobe Week and I thought this would be a great chance to show you what you can do with old clothes. Options for ripped clothes too! #donate #reuse #repurpose #recycle #greenliving #greenlivingtips #greenlivingideas #tjalvasdiy #ecoliving #ecofriendlytips
What to do with old clothes? It´s Second Hand Wardrobe Week and I thought this would be a great chance to show you what you can do with old clothes. Options for ripped clothes too! #donate #reuse #repurpose #recycle #greenliving #greenlivingtips #greenlivingideas #tjalvasdiy #ecoliving #ecofriendlytips
What to do with old clothes? It´s Second Hand Wardrobe Week and I thought this would be a great chance to show you what you can do with old clothes. Options for ripped clothes too! #donate #reuse #repurpose #recycle #greenliving #greenlivingtips #greenlivingideas #tjalvasdiy #ecoliving #ecofriendlytips
What to do with old clothes? It´s Second Hand Wardrobe Week and I thought this would be a great chance to show you what you can do with old clothes. Options for ripped clothes too! #donate #reuse #repurpose #recycle #greenliving #greenlivingtips #greenlivingideas #tjalvasdiy #ecoliving #ecofriendlytips

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