Home gardeners are on the first line of defence to protect against climate change. They see the effects of poor gardening practices right in their own backyard with poor soil, erosion due to harsher weather, and fewer pollinators due to failing to plant natively. But, it's not too late; as a climate-friendly gardener you can improve your own little piece of heaven.
People Power - Try to use tools that don't use petrol or electricity when you can. Hand tools and your own bare hands are better for the environment and your garden than gas-powered tools that add carbon dioxide to the environment.
Rich Soil - Your most important ingredient for gardening is using the right soil for the plants that you want to grow. Do not use synthetic ingredients in your soil. Plants take CO2 from the air and turn it into starches and sugar. This combines with other types of carbon which then turns into a plant that people and animals eat.
Composting Equipment - The one thing you really want to do to practice climate-friendly gardening is to compost. To accomplish this, you simply need an aerator, air, water, the sun, and organic material. You may need a hand cultivator or fork, a screener, and something to collect kitchen waste in to help.
Battery Powered Mower - A gas-powered mower puts too much carbon dioxide into the air and should not be used by the climate-friendly gardener. Therefore, look for battery-powered mowers because they are healthier for the environment.
Push Mower - If you really want to impact the environment positively, a manual push mower will work best. It's good for the grass too because it cuts it differently than other types of mowers, with less damage.
Organic Fertiliser - Try to avoid synthetic fertiliser and use only organic fertilisers that aren't fuel based. They should have the right compounds for your needs based on the tests you perform on your planting areas. You can use manure from cows, sheep or chickens.
Chickens - Chickens are great for gardening as their manure is a good source of nitrogen for your compost pile. They also work great as they can clear up to 50 square feet of land per chicken within six weeks.
Plant Cover Crops - Also, never leave your garden soil empty. Always replace crops with a crop cover of some kind to keep the soil healthy and manage erosion, weeds, and diseases. Plant grains, grasses, and legumes make good cover crops.
Trees and Shrubs - Control water runoff, plant damage, erosion, and even cool down a hot spot in your yard with the right trees and shrubs. Look for native plants for the best results that most fit your needs.
Using these tools and your own bare hands, you can create a beautiful garden that gives you all the food you and your family need, while improving the environment instead of ruining it. In fact, if everyone used these same tools and practices in their gardening and yard care, we could help slow down climate change damage.