Keep plastics and damaging chemicals out of your garden
Try and keep single-use plastics, peat based products and artificial chemical fertilisers out of your garden. There are plenty of alternatives!
- Refuse chemical fertilisers and make your own compost and mulch, and garden in harmony with the seasons.
- Refuse chemical non-natural pesticides. There are plenty of alternatives, such as nematodes for slugs and weevils, grease bands for fruit trees, rubber collars for strawberries, companion planting, and even live insects such as ladybirds to eat aphids.
- Refuse plastic plant pots wherever possible, especially the black ones. There are plenty of alternative fibre, ViPot (rice hulls) and bamboo pots available now. Coir is biodegradable, but has a high carbon footprint. If you’re sowing from seed, why not make your own out of cardboard cut in a cross and then tie the sides together in a square with twine?
- Growing from seed or buying bare-root shrubs and trees is the best way of avoiding plastic pots. Buy local where possible.
- Refuse feed and treatment bottles. You can make your own liquid feeds from manure, kitchen veg scraps, seaweed, comfrey and garden weeds, and much more. If you have to buy, make sure it’s in a cardboard box.
- Bulky buys in large plastic bags should be avoided by making your own mulch or compost or getting a lorryload, but you can recycle some bags, or re-use them for rubbish or as growing bags if you wash them first.
- A lot of plastic sheeting is used for protection and insulation. Try using cardboard or straw or sheep’s wool instead.
Want to know more? The RHS has a great page on plastic-free gardening.