The concept of green gardening has been around for a long time. Today this method of landscape and planting is called sustainable gardening. Regardless of the name, green gardens involve the wise use of resources to benefits plants with no damage to the environment. Green garden ideas include the proper use of natural soil additives, resourceful use of water and using the environment to benefit plants.
Water use and gardening goes hand in hand with daily trips outside to water the plants. Reasonable water use lies at the core of the most basic green garden. Plants must be watered differently to allow for less water use while still maintaining the health of the plant. This method of watering is called deep watering. Green gardeners use soaker hoses or trickle irrigation to allow water to deeply penetrate the soil around plant roots. Plants become stronger and more tolerate of heat. Avoid the wasteful watering of a sprinkler that only wets the surface soil and plant leaves. Moisture evaporates very quickly for plants with this watering method. Water recycling with the use of rain barrels and other methods is another hallmark of green gardening.
Proper Plant Location
Nurseries sell a variety of plants. Each plant contains a growing label with information for the homeowner that provides sunlight requirements, soil recommendations, spacing, and growth information. This valuable information explains exactly what the plan needs to thrive in your home garden. Follow the instructions carefully and completely. Planting each plant in the prime location limits the need for additional watering, fertilizer and potential stresses to the plant.
The optimum time to boost the quality of your garden soil occurs before you plant flowers, shrubs or perennials. Take this time to boost the soil organically with compost, manure or peat moss. Good soil comes from decaying organic matter such as leaves, stems, petals and worms. The process of breaking down these additives takes many years. Increasing soil quality eliminates the needs for synthetic fertilizers. Green gardens use nature to provide nutrients to landscape plants. Work the soil with a shovel or tiller to a depth of at least 12 inches. Pour a layer of 2 to 3 inches of soil additives on top of the garden and sift it through the loosened soil for even distribution.
Green gardens use manual methods for weed removal. Sweat and hard work remove weeds as the primary sustainable method of nuisance plant control. Remove weeds with manual hoeing weekly. Herbicides aren't an option when using organic gardening methods. The placement of a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch inhibits seedling weed growth and makes weeds visible for easy removal.