Provided by: Power Planter

You may think you’re doing everything right from a sustainability standpoint. You
definitely recycle a large portion of your household waste, and you might use
environmentally friendly disposable products such as compostable cups and
utensils. You probably have a vegetable garden in your backyard, because that’s
certainly an eco-friendly hobby, right? Surprisingly, the answer is that it depends.
Although growing vegetables in your backyard is definitely more sustainable and
eco-friendly than buying produce from the supermarket, the techniques you use
when gardening may not be as “green” as you assume. It’s important for anyone who
gardens or is thinking about gardening as a hobby to know how to do so in the eco-
friendliest way.

For example, the amount of water used in your garden can negatively impact the
environment if you use too much from your communal water resources. Using a rain
barrel to collect rainwater is a more environmentally friendly option. In addition,
watering your garden early in the morning and using seeper hoses to gradually
water your garden will prevent much of that water from being wasted due to
evaporation.


Using pesticides and chemical fertilizers can have a serious impact on the
surrounding ecosystem, which is why it’s a better idea to use compost and natural
pest deterrents. Creating a garden full of native wildflowers will attract birds and
insects that will take care of most pests naturally. Additionally, if you choose to plant
native species around your garden, you create more natural habitats for local
wildlife. You also help bolster surrounding ecosystems by encouraging more cross-
pollination.


Gardening as a hobby can be a great way to be more environmentally friendly, but
only if you’re careful about how you do it. Take a look at the following guide for
more tips about how you can be sure your garden is as eco-friendly as possible.

Author bio: Greg Niewold is owner and operator of Power Planter, a third-generation
family-owned auger manufacturer founded more than 20 years ago. Niewold took the
reins in 2013 and has grown the company domestically and in Canada, Australia, New
Zealand and across Europe.

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