Five Ideas for Green Gardening
Planting a home garden is a step in the green direction, but how the plantings are tended can make or break the green start you've made. Use some or all of these easy ways to go green in the garden and keep your eco-friendly ball rolling.
* Select plants that are suited to your climate's moisture conditions. In areas that have limited rainfall, select drought-tolerant plants. In cold climate, select cold-hardy plants.
* Plant moisture-loving plants together near a source of water. This will enable you to use less water in the garden and less effort watering thirsty plants.
* Make rain barrels a part of your landscape and recycle the captured water in the garden.
* Mulch all plants to help retain soil moisture and prevent weed growth. A layer of mulch also helps the soil remain cooler during the heat of summer.
* Plant wet-land plants to create a rain garden in low-lying landscape areas and in locations where rain run-off tends to collect. A rain garden will capture the run-off water, filter it and channel it back into the ground, keeping it out your city's drinking water.