How to make your garden more sustainable

How to make your garden more sustainable

Careful planting and maintenance means that you can help with the bigger picture by focusing on your own back yard

Trying to do the right thing when it comes to the environment can seem daunting. The wonderful thing about gardening, however, is that we can make a real difference. Here are some simple ways to make your plot more sustainable – and more beautiful, too.

Unlike, say, energy-intensive power tools, some of the contributors to greenhouse gas emissions are less obvious. This includes the very plants themselves which, depending where they come from, can rack up a significant footprint from the glasshouses, lorries, heating and lighting involved. This is particularly the case for “disposable” bedding plants that fill garden centres each season, designed to be planted out for a few months a year then ripped out and replaced with new purchases.

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