4. Feed your plants nat­u­rally with earth friendly prod­ucts like: Com­post

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where you can. Take mos­qui­toes for ex­am­ple, one of the best ways to re­duce their pop­u­la­tions is to sim­ply re­move stand­ing wa­ter from your prop­erty.

- It’s free if you do it your­self! Use a bin or build a com­poster and turn food scraps (not meat) and fall leaves into black gold for the gar­den. – From worm tea to sea­weed, add a nat­u­ral fer­til­izer. Bone and blood meal are also great nat­u­ral ad­di­tions for plants. – If you have chick­ens or farm an­i­mals let the ma­nure mel­low for at least six months or add it to your com­post for some su­per fer­til­izer. – A mix of the tea and com­post ideas, steep worm cast­ings in wa­ter to make a liq­uid fo­liar feed

Make tea Ma­nure Ver­mi­com­post

or add the cast­ings di­rectly into the gar­den

In­stall so­lar pow­ered gar­den lights and skip the wiring and elec­tri­cal bills. Try a so­lar-pow­ered grid to power wa­ter fea­tures or to re­place elec­tric­ity needs in other ar­eas of the gar­den.

Wa­ter ac­cord­ing to the sun; early morn­ing or evening wa­ter­ing is best to de­crease evap­o­ra­tion losses. Soaker hoses are bet­ter than sprayers or sprin­klers for con­serv­ing wa­ter as the wa­ter is de­liv­ered di­rectly to the root of the plants.

Plant ed­i­ble flow­ers, pretty an­nu­als and peren­ni­als with herbs and veg­eta­bles. A tra­di­tional gar­den­ing tech­nique that is both pretty and func­tional as you can use com­pan­ion plant­ing tech­niques to get the most out of your plants. Be­sides, who wouldn’t want a beau­ti­ful vegetable gar­den?

5. Use the power of the sun. 6. Wa­ter wisely. 7. Cre­ate a potager.

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