Bamboozled with Black Friday offers? Caring about the planet is important to us. We, therefore, are not having a black Friday sale, but instead want to encourage all Gardenizers out there to turn Black Friday to Green Friday to inspire action, to do something, to fight back in our own small way through gardening and good practices as gardening helps the planet in multiple ways!
What is Green Friday?
Started as a means of raising awareness of the impact our shopping habits can have on the planet, Green Friday – or the ‘anti-Black Friday movement’ – is an event that promotes mindful shopping and environmental appreciation. Coinciding with Black Friday, it involves boycotting stores promoting the event, avoiding online sales and highlighting the massive scale of CO2 and waste produced during this period.
SUSTAINABILITY IN GARDENING
Sustainability in gardening is achievable. As more people look for ways to care for the environment, they’re growing their own produce and using sustainable practices in their own homes. Based on organic farming, sustainable farming focuses on creating healthy soil, conserving resources, and overall bettering the environment. Gardening for good involves sustainability and caring about our planet.
HOW TO TRANSFORM YOUR YARD INTO AN ECO-FRIENDLY GARDEN OASIS
Not every house comes with a sprawling garden. The yard in your home might not be the ideal place for your dream garden, but you can still make it your own. With a bit of green-thumbed ingenuity, you can turn your backyard into an eco-oasis. Create a sustainable and natural space that promotes tranquility and well-being. If you want to be creative about your joy for the environment, then here is how you can transform your yard into a garden oasis.
Being able to get your own compost soil for your crops is wonderful and the plants love it. As a soil improvement, compost is difficult to beat, and pampering your flower beds and garden land with compost gives healthier and more lush plants. It is also both cheap and easy and a good way to dispose of your waste.
PRESERVE WATER IN THE GARDEN
Plants need light, nutrition and water to develop and grow and in this post, we focus on planning for summer watering.
As in most cases, there is not one solution that works always and for everyone. Often you need to combine different solutions for a good result. Here are 5 tips for collecting and saving water and how to get the maximum effect of watering.
Inspiring Green Friday tips:
Native plants have adapted over hundreds, or even thousands of years to an area’s ideal growing conditions. By planting them you avoid wasting resources, use less water, need less maintenance and increase and preserve biodiversity. Native species and wildflowers also attract beneficial insects that improve both pest control and pollination, which leads to bigger flowers and bigger harvests.
Turn waste into fertilizer instead of landfill! Get your own compost soil for your crops is wonderful and the plants love it. As a soil improvement, compost is difficult to beat, and pampering your flower beds and garden land with compost gives healthier and more lush plants. It is also both cheap and easy and a good way to dispose of your waste. More tips about composting here.
Most people waste a lot of precious water. You can avoid this by knowing how much your garden needs, when to water and how to water. (Harvest your rainwater, water at the soil level and mulch! Mulching is perhaps the number one water-conserving technique. More tips for collecting, preserving, storing and watering here.
Growing your own sustainable produce cuts all the unnecessary processes and fossil fuels such as transport, and it also tastes so much better! You also gain increased knowledge, connection and respect, food doesn’t grow on its own. Involve your kids! PS. We have guides to growing your own peppers, yellow tomatoes and garlic, among many others.
CUT THE LAWN…
The lawn is the monoculture of the garden. It requires a lot of water, time and maintenance. Maybe it is time to ditch it or at least parts of it? Create something beautiful and biodiverse
NO TO CHEMICALS
The synthetic fertilizers made by chemical processes = more greenhouse gases, and they produce nitrous oxide in the soil that’s 300 more warming than carbon dioxide.
GARDENIZE GARDEN APP
A gardening friend with a green thumb and photographic memory
Gardenize is an app for gardening and cultivation that helps you to overview, understand and develop your garden and your gardening skills.
Order makes it easier to succeed and Gardenize structures information and photos and makes it searchable for you. You also get tips and inspiration from other Gardenizers around the world.
Get to know Gardenize better here.