- Make your own green pesticide
1) Combine one teaspoon dishwashing liquid and one cup vegetable oil and shake vigorously to let mix well. 2) At ten-day intervals or more often if needed, combine eight teaspoons of the mixture and one quart water and spray.
( 1 quart = 4 cups = 64 tablespoons = 192 teaspoons = 0.946352946 liters )
- Make your own green pesticide (2)
You may want to open the windows before start this process. Take 12 heads of garlic and boil them for an hour in a large pot of water. Allow the mixture to cool, then strain into a simple spray bottle and use it on plants afflicted with aphids and white flies.
- Stop slugs and snails from eating your favourite plants
Copper wire carries a small electrical charge that is harmless to people and pets but acts as a deterrent to slugs and snails in a garden. Simply make a loop of copper wire on the ground around the bottom of your plants.
- Put up a bird house
Invite a natural predator into your backyard. A common wren will eat thousands of insects and caterpillars all summer. This can completely eliminate the need to use chemical insecticides.
- Making your own compost
It is a simple task that is not only good for your lawn but also helps cut down on waste. You can make your own compost by taking vegetable or fruit scraps, such as the peeled skin from a carrot, potato, apple, etc. These work well and also give your lawn great nutrients that they wouldn't get elsewhere.
- Water in the evening
This can enhance your water conserving efforts when it comes to gardening such as seriously cutting back on watering times, only watering at strategic times of day (such as in the evening).
- Mulch throughout your garden
This is not only a beautiful way to enhance the look of your garden but it also provides a natural way to save water by less need to water and protects plants as well.
- Prune trees and shrubs
Some trees and shrubs need pruning to maintain health and vigor. Pruning and removing dead branches can encourage healthy growth and increase foliage. You can find pruning techniques and timing on the Internet.
Green gardening tips
Submitted by gao on Fri, 04/30/2010 - 14:38
Here are a few environmental gardening tips I use to green my own garden.