The final Green Capital Gardening Blog: Part 23 (Keeping your garden green)

This is your guide to all things gardening related throughout the Green Capital year. Each month our resident blogger will share tips on how to get started with food growing, and where to find projects and community gardens in your area. You'll discover that gardening isn’t just a summer time hobby but something that can be done 52 weeks of the year!

Moving forwards and away from our Green Capital time, it’s important to look at the ways in which we garden and how those methods impact our environment.

Gardening is often not as green as we might think and it’s important to address this, particularly if you are gardening with wildlife in mind.

So what are the top tips for earth friendly gardening?

Try not to use chemicals in your garden

Chances are if they kill the bad guys they aren’t good for the good guys either. 

Try to use peat free compost

If your local compost shop, be that a large DIY store or a smaller garden shop, doesn't sell it, ask them why and tell them you would buy it.

Make your own compost and create a garden that feeds itself

You will still need to buy some compost for seed sowing but it’s a great thing to do and really not that scary.

Try to find a nursery that grows plants locally to you

That way you know the plants are used to our climate and will be hardier and less likely to have had all manor of chemicals used in their growth.

Collect water in a water butt and try to avoid using mains water where possible

Water butts are easy to install and if you are on a water meter you’ll see the financial benefit quite quickly too.

Join in a seed swap and collect your own seeds to take

This will keep the seeds grown in the area, in the area. 

Often you will find some really exciting varieties at local seed swaps that you might never have found elsewhere.Along with these tips, and a love of the garden, make sure you share that love.

In BS3 you can open your garden for an afternoon for one weekend in the summer. 

Hopefully more areas will begin to do this so that we can all share our love and our knowledge of our gardens. 

Finally, remember that in our city there is space for all of us to garden.

There are community growing projects, city farms, shared allotments, and gardens that want your help and to welcome you to their space.

In an age where more and more of us are moving into densely populated cities where we struggle to be outside – and yet know that we need to be for both health and well being – what better way to meet that need is there than being outside, in nature, growing food and flowers with other wonderful people from our city?