What is sustainable gardening?

Gardeners are the custodians of the UK’s 27 million parks and gardens and have a responsibility to make sure that we look after them in a responsible and environmental way – hence the phrase sustainable gardening.

Sustainable gardening is the concept of using garden practices to maintain a garden so that natural resources (such as water, peat and fuel) are not exhausted, and without causing severe ecological damage to the existing landscape.


Here is a list of some of the things you should consider if you want to practice sustainable gardening:

* Recycle all garden and kitchen food waste through composting and use it to improve your soil https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1kIpCBD3UI

* Harness and use sunlight energy to light up your garden at night


* Harvest rainwater and use it wisely

http://www.environment agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/beinggreen/118948.aspx

* Create a thriving garden ecosystem by adding habitats that encourage wildlife

* Grow flowers to attract beneficial pest-controlling insects and boost biodiversity – in particular bees


*Mulch to conserve soil moisture and stop weed seeds from germinating.


* Create areas for play and relaxation which help children to connect with the power of nature


* Grow some of your own food – it is great fun for the whole family and much cheaper too


* Use reclaimed, recycled and sustainable landscaping materials.

* Avoid use of synthetic insecticides, fungicides and weedkillers.


Eco gardening is another phrase often used for sustainable gardening .There are many websites where you can discover more about how to become an even greener gardener:






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- who has written 872 posts on My Climate Change Garden.

I am not an experienced gardener - more of an enthusiastic amateur who learns by trial and error and who is keen to "manage" the effects of shifting weather patterns on my garden. Writing this blog is my passion and it has evolved over 12 years to inspire engagement with climate change outside our back doors, in our personal gardens and green spaces. My mission is to fertilise and expand this platform to grow a community of global gardeners communicating about the effects of climate change on our plants and exploring how each individual can make small changes in our lives to become more sustainable. The future of our gardens and #OurPlanet is in our hands - please plant your own seeds for our collective sustainable future.

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