Simple Ideas for Sympathetic Gardening

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Simple Ideas for Sympathetic Gardening

We have been really thinking about the way that we look after our garden, especially as we are starting to grow more of our own food this year.  We are also lucky to live in an area that has many insects and animals that like to visit.  This often means that we have to compromise with some of the things that we grow and how we maintain the garden.

By adopting a more Sympathetic Gardening approach not only will we continue to attract our garden visitors but we should be able to have a garden that is safe for the children as well.

But what is Sympathetic Gardening?

This is a simple approach to gardening that is ‘Sympathetic’ with the natural, local environment.  It is a mainly organic approach that incorporates companion planting, wildlife friendly gardening and maintaining plants that are suitable to your local area.

Companion Planting

This is where you plant different plants together to encourage their growth and discourage pests and disease.

Wild Life Friendly Gardening

This is where you leave areas of the garden ‘fallow’ or ‘wild and undisturbed’ and you do not use pesticides or weed the area.

Growing Regional Plants

This is where you grow plants suitable to your region.  Plants that are classed as high maintenance are usually plants that are not really suitable to your particular locality, so choose plants that would naturally occur in your local area.

Sympathetic Gardening

 

Simple Ideas for Sympathetic Gardening

  • Check out your local library for books or local gardening groups.  The internet can help you search what is relevant to your country and local region.
  • Leave an area of your garden to go ‘wild’.  Seed a ‘fallow’ area of your garden with local wild flowers or plants.  This will encourage bees and other garden friendly insects and animals into your space.  Then just leave it alone and allow nature to take over.
  • Get a water butt and compost bin.  Invest in or make your own water butt and compost bin (remember to make sure that lids are fixed and secured if you have small children) this will help you to avoid shop bought fertilisers and reduce your water bill too!
  • If you are trying to grow food in your garden then do read up on which plants grow well together and which plants you should avoid planting together.  There are also plants that discourage pests and can look pretty too such as marigolds and flowering chives.
  • Discourage garden pests by using natural deterrents such as egg shells or sharp pebbles for slugs and snails or strong smelling plants such as onions or chives.  Remember to harvest your crops when they are ready to discourage pests from eating or spoiling your food crops.

 

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