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Ethical Gardening - look into alternative ways to make the most of your garden

Updated on May 28, 2015

The term ethical gardening may seem a bit odd to some of you. What has gardening got to do with ethics, right? But let me tell you, that it has almost everything to do with it! From the space that our garden takes up to the pots that we grow our plants in to the very chemicals that we use, everything counts. And while most of us do not pay attention to this aspect of gardening it perhaps the moral obligation of any gardener to make sure that his garden does not affect anyone else’s life or property in a negative way. To get the gist of the matter, read on.

Ethical Gardening

Avoid using plastic pots

Plastic pots, like plastic bags create a whole lot of environmental problems owing to their very slow degradation. Plastic pots although cheap and easily available cause adverse effects on the atmosphere resulting in pollution. Therefore, using plastic pots should be avoided as much as possible. Over the course of time, pots that have been made out of organic, quickly degradable material have become popular and now are easily available almost everywhere. These are of two types; one that decomposes in a very short time period, others that take a while to degrade. Apart from the aforementioned, there are pots that can be reused by washing them after use. Even if you have to use plastic, make sure you recycle it and play your ethical part in reducing pollution.

Avoid Using Fence Panels

Fence panels look neat and add an instant secure feeling to any garden but come to think of it, they also require a lot of wood to be built out of. All this wood is mostly exported by cutting trees down from the rain forests and third world countries. Trees not only produce oxygen but absorb a lot of harmful gases hence making life sustenance possible. An ethical gardening practice would be to grow shrubs instead of having fences made out of wood panels. A nicely maintained shrub not only gives out a warm natural look, it adds that extra oomph to any garden.

Avoid pesticides as much as you can

Do not run to the store to buy a can of pesticide for every bug you see in your garden. Some bugs are actually helpful for the wellbeing of a garden as they help plants in cross pollination. Learn to identify such pests and know that any garden is a small ecosystem that needs some insects to thrive. Organic food i.e. food that has been grown without the use of any artificial fertilizer or has not been sprayed on with any pesticide is proven to be beneficial to your health as well. Therefore, adapt organic gardening techniques and avoid the use of chemicals. Natural pest control methods like using plant friendly insects to prey on dangerous pests can be practiced. However, if things get serious and you do need to use a chemical pesticide to take charge, use only the required amount and do not go overboard with the amount of chemical that you are using.


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