My word, April is a busy time in the garden, but busy in a good way, with the promise of this fresh season unfurling before us.
And because we’re in the garden a lot more now, it seems like a good time to think about how to use less plastic. Just a couple of small changes every so often, is all it takes to make a big difference.
Here’s some ideas for you
Avoid buying new plastic. Wooden plant labels may cost more & not last so long, but they can go on the compost bin. This may cost a little more, but we’re making a better future & saving the planet … so it’ll be worth it.
However, don’t throw plastic away that you already have to replace it with something more sustainable, reuse plastic pots & plant labels to keep them out of land-fill.
Make your own compost
If you don’t have a compost bin, plan on getting or making one. It’s then a simple & straightforward routine of adding garden & kitchen waste, which gets transformed into rich brown compost. It’s cheap, the waste would probably have gone to landfill, & you’ll buy fewer plastic bags of compost from the garden centre.
Re-use plastic compost bags
Turn them inside out so the black is on the outside. This is not a sustainable thing, it just looks so much better, we’re after a stylish sustainable not scruffy sustainable. Use the bags to cover & warm up the soil in vegetable beds before seed sowing & planting. Plant potatoes in them. Store netting, canes etc in them.
Its easiest to think of this as an ongoing process, tweaking one small thing at a time.
Have you made any changes?
All photos: Jill Anderson.