Gardening Tips to Help Save Planet EarthApril 26, 2016
On the 22nd of April, we celebrated the world’s 46th Earth Day. This is a day on which people are encouraged to pay particular attention towards conserving and protecting our Earth. It is a day to reflect and to educate; reflect on your personal impact on the environment and educate yourself as to how you can reduce your carbon footprint. Earth day is a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to take action.
Making a difference to your environment is not as hard as you might think. As the saying goes, ‘Think global, act local.’ In celebration of the recent Earth Day, we would like to share some ideas on how you can put yourself in the front line of the battle to preserve nature. And guess what? You don’t even have to leave your back garden!
Journeys Discovering Africa’s Top Earth-Preserving Tips:
1 – Save water by installing a rain harvester/tank.
This will collect and store rain water which you can use to water your garden and wash your car.
2 – Avoid the use of synthetic pesticides.
They are toxic to more than just the targeted organsims and are extremely energy intensive to produce. Also avoid peat-based composts, recycle when possible and make your own compost.
3 – Encourage bees and butterflies by planting a range of different indigenous flowering trees, shrubs and flowers.
On top of providing food to the bees in the form of nectar and pollen, the birds will also enjoy the seeds, flowers and fruit.
4 – Help provide shelter by leaving things to grow a little wilder than you usually would.
You can create nesting and breeding sites by growing climbers against walls. A patch of grass left to grow long makes a good shelter for small mammals such as dormice and a pile of leaves can make an excellent spot for slugs, frogs and centipedes.
5 – Add water to your garden in the form of a pond, or even a birdbath or container full of water.
This is one of the single easiest ways to help wildlife in your garden. Most wildlife, including amphibians such as newts and frogs, like shallow water so make sure that at least one side is sloping to allow creatures an easy route out.
Now that you have a few simple ideas to get you started, grab your gardening gloves, get out there and starting saving the world!
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