You might have already looked at ways to make your garden more pet-friendly. After all, there is nothing better than spending some time outside with your pooch. But what about other nature? After all, if your garden is brimming with beautiful wildlife, it will definitely up it in the style stakes. And it can make your yard more attractive to friends and family. However, a lot of people don’t know how to add more to their garden. Therefore, here are some tips for adding a touch of nature to your garden.
Go for a cute bird bath and house
Birds are great to add to your garden. After all, people love watching them flying around in your yard. And it adds some pretty wildlife magic to your garden. But it can be hard to attract birds into your garden. Therefore, if you do want them to be a regular visitor, you might want to set up a bird bath. It can give them somewhere to stop and rest, and cool off if it’s a hot day. You can get some beautiful bird baths which will add some character to your garden. Therefore, hunt for one at your local nursery that ticks all the boxes. And as it says on http://www.naturallivingideas.com/20-ways-to-attract-wildlife-to-the-garden/, you should also look into adding a bird feeder to the garden. It gives you a chance to put some food down for the birds. And they are bound to stop and make home in your garden if there is a birdhouse for them to visit. Therefore, you will soon have a garden brimming with beautiful birds.
Look into adding a pond
You might also want to add some marine life to your garden. After all, fish will bring so much appeal to your garden. Guests will flock straight away to look at the beautiful fish. And they will be a talking point. Therefore, you will need to consider getting a pond. There are so many different designs which will look beautiful in your garden. You might want to go for a small corner pond which will be an attractive feature in the yard. Or you could go for a larger pond which makes a statement. Before you add the fish, you need to get a good filter and pump which you can get from sites like http://www.swelluk.com/pond/pond-pumps-62.html. After all, this will keep the fishes healthy in the garden. And then you can let the relaxing feature work it’s magic!
Opt for some butterfly-friendly plants
If there is one insect we actually like, it has to be butterflies. After all, they are beautiful to look at when they are flying around. And unlike other insects, they will do you no harm. So you can watch them for ages to appreciate their beauty. And they can also make the garden look more appealing which is a bonus. To ensure they come to your yard, you might want to opt for some butterfly-friendly plants. For example, opt for a buddleia which is often known as a butterfly bush. And with one of these, you can ensure they are a firm fixture in the garden.
And if you offer shade and sanctuary in the garden, you are bound to get cute animals like hedgehogs soon flocking to the yard.
Have you ever thought about the impact your garden has on your health? It’s something that most people choose to ignore. But if you love your garden and spend a lot of time in it, this is something that you should think about. It’s not worth ignoring these threats and dangers because you want to stay safe. Here are some of those risks discussed, as well as some of the reasons why gardening is good for your health.
Garden Products and Chemicals
Garden products are used by most people who do a lot of gardening. But are all those products safe to use? Unfortunately, that’s not really the case. These products are packed full of chemicals that can quite often be dangerous to human beings. You need to use them sparingly and carefully. That’s something that you have to think carefully about because you can breathe in toxic chemicals that damage your health. You can buy organic products that are less damaging, so consider that option too.
There are some garden pests that can be a real danger to you when you’re in your garden. This is one of those things that we don’t really give much thought to. But maybe we should. Mosquito control is essential if your garden has any kind of problem with mosquitos. They can be a real risk to your health, so don’t ignore this. If you find any mice or rats, you should have this problem dealt with by a professional pest control team too.
It is possible to hurt yourself when you’re doing some work in your garden. Back strains, damaged knees and cuts are all very common gardening injuries. You should try to protect yourself while you are gardening. When you are doing garden work, you will probably be using a range of tools that are sharp and often dangerous. If you don’t use these implements carefully, you will be putting yourself at real risk, so don’t let that happen.
Extended Sun Exposure
Another thing that can cause you problems when you’re carrying out work in your garden is exposure to the sun. When you expose yourself to the sun too often, you make it hard for your body to avoid risks like skin cancer. It’s easy to forget how long you’ve been out in the sun when you are relaxing or even doing gardening. If you don’t use a sunscreen that offers UV protection, you will be at real risk of suffering serious problems.
The Positive Effects of Gardening
However, it’s also important to think about the good things that come with gardening. When you do work in your garden, you exercise and get active. This can be really important and really valuable. People don’t usually see gardening as exercise but it really is. Embrace gardening, but just make sure that you protect yourself and your body as you spend time in the garden. It’s all about being careful and staying healthy. If you can do that, gardening is more than worthwhile.
Many people have access to outside space and a garden. But few will take full advantage of it. Some people may not be particularly interested in gardening, or perhaps find it all hard work. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use your garden space. In fact, your garden can have a huge impact on your lifestyle. If you let it. With that in mind, I thought i would share with you some inspired ideas on how you can let your garden have an effect on your lifestyle.
Grow your own food
Many people strive to have a healthy balanced diet. One way you can do that is by taking ownership of where your food comes from. Clean eating has fast become a trend to incorporate a healthy lifestyle. What that means is you get your food from the source. To avoid there being any third party involvement. A great way to do this is to consider growing your own food in the garden. You can get your compost tested to see what nutrients it has or if there is anything lacking in the soil for successful growth.
Create a space just for you
The garden is a great place to relax. But not many people take advantage of it. The garden can be peaceful and tranquil. The perfect place to unwind after a busy day, or feel fresh ready for the day ahead. Some people choose to create space in their garden for this very purpose. It could be a patio or decked area. Even a shed that has been converted to become an outside room. People go as far as to create something called a “she shed” where you can work from and relax in. There are some inspiring ideas online.
Be more active
Your garden is a great place to get active in. We are all aware of the importance of an active lifestyle. Daily exercise is important for good health. But you don’t need to sweat it out in the gym. You could get outside in the back garden and utilise the extra space you have. It can be a great place to do some exercises, or even get active with the family. Many people add things like a trampoline to their gardens which is a great and fun way of exercising your whole body.
Enjoying the garden gives you a chance to get a little creative. Which can have a huge effect on your mind. People find these kinds of things quite relaxing. Getting creative could be designing your garden. Maybe learning about new flowers and adding different colours to lift your garden space. You could get creative in the garden in another sense and use it to practise out hobbies like painting or reading.
Take up a new hobby
Finally, gardening, in general, could become a great hobby for you. You could enjoy planting flowers and learn about different species. Or maybe just taking more of interest in the presentation is enough to excite a new hobby. Gardening doesn’t have to be boring; it can be anything you want it to be. Plus the extra fresh air and being outside is good for you.
I hope this has inspired you to utilise your garden more.
This is a collaborative post on behalf of Yourorganicchild.com
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Eco-Friendly Ways to Get Rid of Garden Pests
Pests are a problem in many gardens and can ruin flower bed and vegetables. When dealing with pests, choose methods that are safe for both plants and humans. Avoid using harsh chemicals as much as possible. Here are some eco-friendly tips to help get rid of pesky garden pests.
To eliminate insects around the garden, take an empty 2 liter soda bottle with 1 cup apple cider vinegar and 1 cup sugar. Slice up a banana peel into small pieces, put into the bottle, add 1 cup cold water, shake. Tie a piece of string on a low tree branch or place it on the ground to kill pests.
Get rid of mealy bugs, one of the most insidious and common pests, by soaking q-tips in white vinegar. Nip them in the bud by dabbing insects with full strength white vinegar.
Keeping hungry insects away from vegetables by shredding aluminum foil into strips and mixing them in the garden mulch. The foil will reflect light back up onto your plants. Try mixing old tinsel from your Christmas tree into your mulch. It will serve the same purpose as shredding aluminum foil.
Try chopping up hot peppers and combine them with 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper and ½ gallon of water. Boil the mix for about 15 minutes and let cool. Strain through cheesecloth and add 1 tablespoon dishwashing liquid. Put into a spray bottle and spray the plants every 5 days or so.
Planting companion plants in your garden will deter insect pests. Aromatic plants such as basil, tansy, marigolds and sage will send a signal to bugs to go elsewhere. Try planting some near your prized vegetables. Mint, dill, thyme and sage are great near cabbage family plants. Best of all the savory herbs are edible.
Spray away garden pests. Keep some old spray bottles on hand to use around the garden.
1. Fill one with undiluted white vinegar to kill weeds and grass poking out of the cracks in your concrete. Vinegar can also help kill ants. DO NOT spray vinegar directly on the plants, the high acidity could kill them.
2. For an effective insecticide that works on soft bodied pests, but won’t harm your plants: Mix several cloves of crushed garlic, ¼ cup canola oil, 3 tablespoons hot pepper sauce and ½ teaspoon liquid soap in 1 gallon of water, mix well. Put into spray bottle, shake well before using.
To foil those cutworms that destroy your seedlings. Cutworms kill seedlings by encircling the stem and severing it. To protect your seedlings stick a toothpick in the soil about ¼ inch from each stem.
Make collars for the vegetables by using empty milk cartons to discourage grubs and cutworms from attacking your young tomato and pepper plants. Cut off top and bottom of container and when ground is soft, push them into the ground around the plants.
Get slugs and snails out of your garden. Take a container of salt and douse the offenders. They won’t last long. Since they are mostly water, salt acts like a drying agent.
Plagued by earwigs? Roll up a wet newspaper and put a rubber band around it to keep it from unraveling. Place it in the area where you have seen the insects and leave it overnight. In the morning it will be full of bugs. Carefully place the newspaper in a plastic grocery bag, tie in a knot and put in the trash. Repeat until they are all gone.
Make a natural pesticide by using your blender. Puree 4 onions, 2 cloves garlic, 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper and one quart of water. Set aside and dilute 2 tablespoons soap flakes in 2 gallons of water. Add contents from your blender; shake or stir well.
Get bugs off your plants. Just when the plants are coming up, mix black pepper with flour and sprinkle it around the plants. Bugs will be gone!!
Do you have moles or gophers popping up in or near your garden? Try putting dirty used cat litter down the hole. They will leave to find a home somewhere else.
Deter deer from your garden by spraying your bushes with cayenne pepper and water mix.
If there are neighborhood cats that think you garden is their private cat box, foil them by putting orange peels and coffee grounds around your plants. Also acts as a great fertilizer.
Keep four-legged pests out of your garden by soaking several rags in white vinegar and place on stakes around your vegetables. Re-soak the rags every 7-10 days.
The shiny metallic balloons that we all receive on birthdays, anniversaries, etc. can be put to good use in your garden. Simply cut them into vertical strips and hang them from poles around your vegetables and on fruit trees to repel birds, rabbits and squirrels.
Many people swear that a zip-lock bag filled half-way with water and attached over entry-ways will repel flies.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011 by Marie Stegner