Honestly, it’s completely possible!
No pressure to become a high priest or priestess of garbage-free gardening, but imagine a garden that is self-sufficient and so well in tune that nothing is discarded. Everything your garden produces is useful.
So let’s get into it…
No water waste
Of course, we know water is relatively cheap and almost always abundant, it’s still not an excuse to waste it. And this can either occur through poor watering practices or simply using it inappropriately.
For your garden, you conserve water by guiding it right into the soil, which is where you want it. You want to make sure to do it at a slower rate (it is much better for the plants).
You could also try grey water usage. Conserve water that has only been slightly used in your home such as washing machine water and put it to use in watering your landscape. You could apply water treatment just in case. A study has shown watering trees with grey water can help cool your home in the long run.
Another way to reduce water waste is to gather a heavy mulch of leaves, grass or green manure is several spots. This will help feed the soil and slow down evaporation of water from the soil.
So instead of throwing fallen leaves and lawn clippings away, use them to reduce your water garden!
Build soil fertility with household waste
What do you do with your household waste such as food scraps and lawn clippings?
If you have the yard and the budget, you could get a compost pile or composting machine. This machine can be used to convert food scraps and waste from your yard into a rich garden soil and it does this without being messy or smelly!
If you have neighbours who have a lot of fallen leaves that they can’t wait to get rid of, even better. You can pick up massive amounts of leaf litter for free, building soil through composting and mulching with it.
Return or reuse your planting pots
It’s simple, great to use and reuse your old plant pots and trays. But, if they begin to pile up beyond your own needs and turning your house into a pot house, maybe it’s time to see if they can be returned to the local nursery or plant centre.
If you are super serious about this, you can reduce your pot habit by starting your own plants in DIY containers. (Planting seedlings into egg shells and transferring to the soil later is a great hack!)
Have broken pots? It still works. You can make reusable plant markers to keep track of your plant varieties, planting dates and other information you deem important.
Try urine as a fertilizer
Of course, this is the last tip you expect. However, it’s been proven that human urine is sterile when fresh (so there’s no risk about bacteria!) It’s also full of nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, and other trace elements which would do your plants the world of good.
If you’ve got urine that is more than 24 hours old, water it down a bit before using. You can also add it to your compost heap to accelerate the process.
What we are saying, in essence, is you can cut waste by using urine as opposed to expensive and artificial fertilizers. Let us know if you decide to try it out!
Harvest what is ready to be eaten
If you plant edibles in your garden, it is smart practice to harvest whatever you can eat and plan your meals around your produce so that you don’t waste any of your home-grown produce.
Remember, your garden is a gift that keeps on giving. Virtually everything to come out of the garden is reusable. You just need to know how.
Will you change to a zero-waste garden? Let us know how the journey goes!