Creating a pleasant décor on your property is something we all would like, and there are quite a few ways to go about it. Being Eco-friendly is an important part of your living space, both inside and out. I have a few recommendations that can provide your property with a natural and functional beauty that will benefit our lifestyle and the lifestyle of the natural world around you.
For the Eco-conscious person creating a vegetable garden can be a satisfying project on a few levels. Growing your own food is a highly rewarding experience that also benefits your health. Not only that, it makes your property look beautiful once the produce begins to bloom. That’s what the earth is there for, so put it to good use.
First off, decide where you want to put the garden, make sure you choose a spot that gets plenty of sunlight. Each yard is different, so you’ll have to decide what size garden you can make, but I always went with 8’ X 6’ beds to accommodate a few different veggies. 1’X8’ beds are good for things like lettuce, or anything that grows better by itself in a single row. I’ve run into a problem with planting lettuce next to squash plants and the leaves covered the lettuce and drowned it out.
If you can’t cut the wood yourself have the supply store cut it to specifications, and then get some nails and hammer them together, and place them in the designated space. For the soil, it’s best to use a mixture of organic soil and horse manure. Nothing beats manure for fertilizer, the results are phenomenal. You want to use organic seeds; there is no substitution for all natural organic food.
Start by tilling up the soil in the bed with a pick axe and then spread and mix up the manure and soil. Plant the seeds in straight rows and make sure you leave the packages as markers so you don’t forget where things are planted. Water them every day, well actually at night, the water absorbs better because there is no sun to evaporate it, and before you know it your bounty will begin to blossom.
Another addition to the beautification of the property is garden pond. They look great and add a much needed habitat for the locals that may be hiding out around the property. To do this you will need to dig a sizable hole even if you want a smaller one, and a basin which will contain the water and pond pump. The pump is important for aeration; after all the fish need to breathe, and you can’t have a garden pond with fish, I mean come on.
To give it a little something extra, try putting some flowers, bushes, or maybe some tall grass around it. Giving a border with rocks is a nice touch as well and gives it a manicured but natural feel. The fish will be happy, the turtle and frogs will come, as well as a whole host of other creatures, and you will have made your home a natural sanctuary in the process. It’s a win-win-win.
BIO: Scott is a freelance writer on a variety of topics including organic awareness and the environment. When he is not writing he is hiking in the mountains of upstate New York.