Eco-friendly Greenhouse Gardening
The world is embracing environment-conscious practices in everything they do. Be it in the materials they use in their house, the clothes they wear or the food they eat, people have been friendlier towards Mother Nature lately. Maybe it’s due to the extreme natural phenomena that have been happening worldwide.
Greenhouse gardening will not be left behind by this trend. You, as a gardener, can contribute and be one of the nature’s lovers by practicing eco-friendly methods in growing your plants. Greenhouse gardening in itself is step number one in being eco-friendly, as you are already in a way chipping in, conserving energy by growing your produce in your own backyard. This means, less gas will be needed to grow the plants and have it delivered to your local grocery.
You can take your eco-conservation advocacy further by patronising gardening products that are certified environment-friendly, it may be the fertiliser you use in your plants, the heating system installed in your facility or the type of materials used in your greenhouse. The use of the right greenhouse covering material will also contribute to conserving nature because it traps the heat inside the facility, thus requiring your heating system to produce less heat to meet the requirements of your plants.
In the soil used for the cultivation of your plants, it is recommended to use good quality standardised soil as it gives you comfort that your plants will be disease and pest-free. This type of soil is also ideal for compost use. Compost use is also a great alternative for commercial fertilisers that are mostly hazardous to the environment.
Temperature management in your greenhouse garden can also be eco-friendly. Your heating system can be turned off during summer months while the vents are open. This method will help you save on your electricity expenses as well as reduce your carbon footprint. Maintaining the cleanliness of the greenhouse’s covering can do wonders in keeping the heat inside your facility, as this allows more sunlight to enter the structure. Remember that with these methods, you are not only contributing to the environment but also making sure that your plants get the proper warmth they need to grow and produce fruits, vegetables or flowers.
A thorough review of your gardening method and replacing them with eco-friendly practices can not only contribute to the world’s advocacy of protecting the environment, but it can do wonders for your plants and yourself.
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