Understanding Factors Which Contribute to Environment Sustainability.
An eco-friendly garden can be quiet tedious to establish and nurture .There must be proper prior planning and decision making on the best crops/vegetables to grow. The planning involves the best site for proper sunlight exposure and then boils down to the garden design.
These tips will be of great importance:
1. Understand climate & landscape.
These enable the exposure of your crops to sunlight as well as the absorption and retention of water and minerals from the soil. You therefore should consider situating your garden in a good landscape with favorable climatic conditions for better productivity and yields of your crop.
2. Think organic.
From start you should plant and nurture organic crops. You can achieve this by sprouting your own seeds which are healthy and of good quality. Choose crops which are drought-tolerant, perennial, disease resistant and easy to care and maintain.
3. Use a unique design and layout.
While the design for a garden is an ongoing process with different rules which are not mandatory to be observed, you should incorporate a design which is appealing, beautiful and encourages the exchanges of nutrients between the crops. e.g. mixing of different crops. i.e. annual crops, perennial crops, trees, vegetables etc. You can also choose a theme for your garden e.g. a color scheme, a group of same crops or a unique style.
4. Maintenance of Garden.
Gardening is an on-going activity which requires scheduled attention, regular monitoring, observation and care to nurture profitable crops.
Some activities which need to be undertaken to achieve this include planting, staking, weeding etc.
You will also realize that some crops will need more maintenance and care others, so proper scheduling should be observed.
5. Soil compatibility.
The soil of your garden should be of good texture and quality e.g. good water retention. The soil should also be able to support the plants naturally and possess right nutrients and minerals. If they lack, consider using organic manures to enhance the quality of the soil. You can also have the soil tested for pH and other compatibility with the plants you intend to grow.
6. Water conservation.
For a garden to be eco-friendly, any water used for irrigation should be optimized. You may opt to plant drought-resistant crops so as to minimize use of water in irrigation.
7. Abide with heritage.
An eco-friendly garden should observe and reflect the broad sense of historic importance and cultural significance of the surrounding. This means that the garden should incorporate a theme or style which mimics or matches the surroundings.
8. Garden tools.
Plan and decide on tools and implements which are affordable and wont hurt crops or cause any form environments degradation e.g. do not use tools which may loosen soil to an extent of promoting erosion.