How green is your garden?
Gardening should be the most environmentally friendly of endeavours but that isn’t necessarily the case
- Plant a tree
✔️ Part of the very definition of a forest garden!
- Improve your soil (mulch, don’t dig)
✔️ Use a living mulch, ie ground cover plants
- Cover your soil with plants
✔️️ See above!
- Don’t use artificial fertiliser
✔️ Use mineral accumulators & nitrogren fixers for nutrients
- Use peat free compost
✔️ Very little compost used, only peat-free potting compost for seedlings
There were some ideas contributed by other people, and again, this is what we’re moving toward:
- No petrol based tools
- Grow from seed at home
- Grow as much food as you can
- Reduce your lawn
- Don’t heat your greenhouse
We are still using a petrol mower to keep the grass paths short on an acre field. Currently, it’s about 2 hours a week mowing but we’re constantly reducing the amount of grass that has to be cut. Also, it’s taking a while to shift our diet to home grown food, which is as much about knowledge of cooking and plants as it is about a desire to change. This is the third year of the forest garden, and it’s the first time we’ve really noticed an increase in the produce.