Ways To Reduce Plastic Waste In Your Garden
It's rightly said that "there is NO such thing as 'AWAY'. When we throw anything away it must go SOMEWHERE.
Because of the significant detrimental impact that plastic has on the environment, it is now vital to create a plastic-free zone in your immediate vicinity.
This chemical has effortlessly seeped into each of our lives and made us utterly reliant on it, from food and drink packaging to plastic plant pots. But now is the time to reconsider this and convert to alternatives that are safe for both us and the environment.
We should begin with our own backyard gardens and ensure that they are plastic-free zones. Plastic is used in our gardens in a variety of ways, from plant labels to compost bins.
Plastic was introduced in the 1960s and has since been a game-changer, with over 500 million plastic plant pots and seed trays sold annually. Recycling is not the answer to dealing with garden plastic, as it is in so many other situations.
Here are some of the most effective methods for reducing plastic pollution in your garden.
Compost your own waste
Soil quality determines the quality of a garden. Soil creates a home for everything else when it is cherished and cared for. Making compost to feed your soil should be the first step in any green gardener's philosophy. Composting also keeps biodegradable and organic waste out of landfills.
Mulch Can Be Grown Or Harvested
Skip bagged mulch and use the free materials growing in your yard instead. This is an easy and efficient approach to reduce plastic waste while also saving money. Mulches not only improve the appearance of your garden and assist to minimize the amount of weeds, but they also aid to retain soil moisture and add nutrients to the beds.
Select metal-based tools.
Choose metal equipment over plastic if you're serious about limiting the amount of plastic in your garden. Metal equipment will outlast its plastic counterparts. Metal can rust, so a little maintenance at the end of each season is required to keep them in good working order.
Clean each instrument with warm soapy water and a towel or brush. For the winter, hang on hooks (away from the damp floor) in a dry, airy spot.
Plastic nursery pots should be avoided.
Are you going to a garden center to get your transplants?
If you answered yes, you're carrying plants home in plastic pots. Some pots are recyclable, while others can be returned to the nursery and reused. Newspaper, toilet paper tubes, and a repurposed cardboard egg carton can all be used to build seed starter pots.
To reduce plastic pollution, choose bare root plants or construct containers from compostable materials like coir and paper.
Composting without plastic is a lot of fun.
Despite the widespread availability of plastic composters, there are other alternatives for composting that do not include plastic. You can make your own compost container out of recycled pallets or other waste wood, or use a metal compost tumbler to assist speed up the composting process.
Before you compost, remove all plastic stickers from your fruits and vegetables, regardless of the sort of composting you choose.
A garden devoid of plastic
It takes a little more thought to garden with less plastic, but it isn't difficult. This season and beyond, try some (or all!) of these simple substitutions for a less plastic garden. You'll enjoy the benefits of a healthy garden as well as the satisfaction of knowing that you've helped to reduce the need for unnecessary plastic.
Have you discovered a strategy to limit the amount of plastic in your garden? Feel free to brag about your accomplishments in the comments section.