Now that we are able to spend more time at home, you’ve probably thought about how amazing it would be to grow your own flowers, herbs, and vegetables. If you want to get into gardening, here are some of the things you should consider.
Gardening itself can take many forms, such as regenerative organic farming, indoor and patio gardening, backyard gardening, and even public shared gardens. Collectively speaking, we’ve learned that if our goal is set on the regeneration of land/soil, body, mind, and spirit, nature will give back plentifully.
According to farmers, composting is the best way to start. A little bit of compost mixed into your garden soil improves the structure, aeration, and water retention as well as micronutrients that activate the important bacterial activities. Here at Ecoist, we’ve listed some steps for getting started with composting and gardening.
First, choose a compost bin or container. You can be creative and makeshift with an old trash bin as long as you have a cover.
Second, choose a location for the compost bin. Experts recommend finding a level and well-drained soil area to set the bin so worms and other organisms can make their way into the pile.
Third, collect your daily vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, and fruit peels and throw them into your compost bin. This practice reduces a considerable amount of waste that ends up in landfills. Mix in with the brown materials such as leaves, paper, and green plant cuttings.
Fourth, never mix in any vegetable or animal fats and dairy products into your compost!
Fifth step – Refer to this link if you’re seriously interested in learning to make great compost. Not only is this great for your garden, but it also creates carbon-rich soil that can capture greenhouse gases and mitigates climate change. All this while growing nutritious food.
ECOIST PICKS FOR ECO-FRIENDLY GARDENING
Ready to start a gardening practice that will benefit the earth? Here are several must-have supplies that we carry.
Ecoist offers the Greenlid, the disposable and biodegradable compost containers that come with a lid. Use them in your kitchen to gather your daily vegetable scraps. Put them into your compost pile or discard them in your curbside compost trash receptacle.
Floral Society’s Garden Tools
We also offer The Floral Society’s beautiful, top quality garden tools that come with a lifetime guarantee. They are hand-forged from durable tempered boron steel. And their Ash hardwood handles are harvested sustainably.
The 3-Tine Cultivator is made for quick aerating and cultivating jobs in hard-to-reach places. The metal tines are intentionally curved to avoid disturbing the soil excessively
The Forged Fork
The Forged Fork breaks up even the toughest clay-laden soil. It is excellent for aerating the soil so that the roots of your plants can get the oxygen they need.
The Forged Trowel
The versatile Forged Trowel is perfect for any gardening task such as planting, digging, aerating, cultivating, and even weeding.
The pleasurable rewards you receive from making your own compost, working the soil with reliable tools and planting your own flowers and vegetables will enrich your spirit, as you experience the regenerative culture and lifestyle practices, first hand.