Gardening In A Low Carbon Way

green writer samantha frapartLiving in the city, I know as much as anybody how important a little greenery can improve your disposition.

But having your own home garden doesn’t necessarily mean you’re being environmental.

Between fertilizers and water use, urban and suburban gardening has the potential to go eco-awry.

As the next growing season approaches and your winter blues start to wear off,  and your gardening tools come out, keep these green living tips in mind to keep your carbon footprint out of the weeds.  Green Blizzard has some great gardening tools for yourself or as green gifts to get you started.

How To Garden In A Low Carbon Way

Avoid pesticides –  I know this is kind of a tough one. I really want to just say use natural and homemade pesticides because that seems like the simplest answer. But if I’m being completely honest, natural pesticides are not necessarily always better than chemical ones. Often natural products are less pest specific than synthetics and require larger doses to make the same impact. If you are really trying to keep your greenery green, I recommend looking into collecting or purchasing some predator insects for your garden.

According to Grinning Planet, you can create your very own little garden ecosystem. After doing some research about the plants you want, learn “how you can add certain plants to your yard to create a haven for the good little buggers” to “fight the bad little buggers.” I know I wouldn’t mind some beautiful praying mantis’ running around my garden, and if it helps avoid all the harmful effects of pesticides? Even better.

1001619013Native plants –  Local plants grow the best. That’s a given. They are naturally acclimated to your climate and weather so that means less fussing and concern. Just give them a good home and they’ll flourish.   A little online research on gardening in your region or a conversation with your local plant nursery will get you planting in the right direction.  Did you know that there are volunteer groups across the nation such as  Weed Warriors who spend time in our parks removing invasive non-native plants like English Ivy.  Maybe some day they’ll be removing the non-native plants that generated from those that you bought.

Compost –  If your home has a compost bin, or you arer planning to add one to your place, consider this a bonus feature. Compost is great for gardening or, as Garden Guides calls it “a gift to the gardener.”

With a compost bin, you’ll have access to lush, fertile soil perfect for your newly budding garden.  It doesn’t take up much space and can be neatly contained in a small bin.  But it won’t happen overnight.  What you put in there today may be turned into nutrient rich soil in 12-18 months.  Learn more from any one of the most recent Green Blizzardcomposting articles  (During The Fall,  In The Kitchen,  or Worth It?

More Tips On How To Garden In A Low Carbon Way

Say NO to sprinklers  Thanks to innovative gardening technology, we have some truly inspiring irrigation options for a more environmentally conscious gardening.  Drip irrigation is the most efficient method and is the preferred system on farms across the world.

By applying water slowly, the water soaks into the soil before it can evaporate or runoff, eliminating a significant amount of water waste and avoiding the major effects of runoff such as eutrophication and drinking water contamination. Check out  to learn the easy installation process of a drip irrigation system. Check out the recent Green Blizzard article about lawn water conservation and how it can reduce your carbon footprint.

Toolshed Wall with Garden ToolsSwitch to Push – Trade in your bulky, gas guzzling engine-powered lawnmower for a push reel mower or opt for a cordless rechargeable mower.   They’re so quite and are energy efficient.

Install a Rain Barrel  – Set it on the side of your home. Conserving water for future garden upkeep (or even to use in your home if you’re so bold) is as eco-conscious as it is wallet friendly.

A great source of gardening insights is from your neighbors.  Ask them about what they’ve had success with and maybe they’ll give you a clipping, an offshoot, or split a plant and give it to you.  In our grandparent’s era, often times they expanded their gardens from seedlings that were passed over the garden fence.

Experienced gardeners will tell you to start small with a small batch and a few plants to get handling those under you belt and then next season see if you’re ready for another round and possible venture with a bigger garden.  Gardening is a labor of love and sometime muscle straining work.

So start today to garden in a low carbon way and give some of these tips a try this season and add more next year.  Your local environment will quietly thank you.

Our editor’s picks of other articles that you will want to be sure to check out…Most Bike Friendly Cities, Gift Ideas For a Green Handyman,  Green Vacation Rentals.


About the author

Samantha Frapart

Samantha was the first staff writer at Green Blizzard, way back during the start-up phase, and has written a series of fresh and spirited articles from the millennial's perspective. Samantha's portfolio of green living tips ranges from green apartment living, urban transportation options, green underwear choices, re-usable coffee cups, bathroom habits, and even…. drinking straws.