Today we’re going to look at three ways to make good environmental choices in your garden. It can be really difficult to assess how ‘green’ many of our day-to-day decisions actually are. Hopefully, if you follow our tips, you can feel safe in the knowledge that you are doing you best as a gardener, and that you’re working as part of the solution, rather than the problem.

Peat free compost

Peat should be considered as a fossil fuel. Lowland peat bogs are truly amazing and diverse natural habitats for all sorts of plant and animal species that just do not exist anywhere else. They’ve also been known to reveal the odd ancient human or two – yes, really.

According to the BBC, Gardeners use 66% of the total peat consumed in the UK and much of it comes from other countries. This means, of course, that not only are we using precious wild habitat to stuff our garden beds, but we’re also increasing our carbon footprint. Add to this the fact that 94% of our natural peatbog habitats have now been destroyed, and it’s easy to see why we need to start voting with our wallets and opting for peat-free compost alternatives. You could always make your own – this is something we’ve covered in previous weeks.

Fortunately, there are plenty of peat-free alternatives out there that you can buy. At the moment, these do tend to be slightly more expensive, but buying peat-free means you can rest assured that you’re doing the best for future generations.

Water Collecting

We all know that hosepipes and sprinkler systems are the first to be out-lawed during long hot summers. Conserving water so you can keep your garden happy and healthy in hot temperatures is a real no-brainer. Let’s face it, we Brits have more than enough rain water to go around during our notoriously rainy winters.

Water collecting is also one of the easiest changes you can make to your environmentally friendly garden.

You can collect water in any old bucket but spending a little on a decent system can be far more prudent. Attaching a down-pipe to your guttering can really maximise your collection and making sure the top of your container is covered with a fine mesh also helps to save small animals and birds that may have found their way to your water source.

We have just added a brand new Water Butt to our range! And don’t forget, if you have a water meter, any water that falls from the sky and into your water butt, is completely and utterly free!

Wildlife Gardening

Our final tip for an environmentally friendly garden is to plant your garden up for wildlife. Trees, hedgerows, scented flowers, wild areas and even water features all do their part in attracting all sorts of weird and wonderful wildlife to your garden. Stay tuned for a post we’ve got coming up about ways to attract bees to your yard for more details on our buzzy friends.

Finally, don’t forget your birdfeeder! Feeding our indigenous bird population is so important – we owe it to our feathered friends to keep their bellies nice and full, all year round.