Sustainable Gardening: Easy Ideas For Your Backyard 

I recently wrote a post about warm season edible gardening, which, a lot of you loved. I was pleased to receive an email from Jennifer Dawson who asked if she could write an article for my readers on making your garden more eco-friendly for my readers.

I read her article and found the information she provided to be very useful. As you know,  I live in So.Ca. desert and I am always looking for ways to sustain an environmental and economically friendly garden. I especially value the information on having natural pools as a sustainable alternative to chlorine pools.

I hope you enjoy Jennifer’s article as much as I do.

Many assume having a garden is in itself green and environmentally friendly, but in constructing it and maintaining it there are many ways we can be harming the environment from the use of electricity, over use of water, to the use of chemicals. However, there are ways in which we can really maximize the eco-friendliness of our yards and gardens.

Sustainable gardening is all the rage these days. The growing awareness of just how crucial sustainability is for preserving all life on the planet is driving its popularity, the Permaculture Research Institute explains. Indeed, creating an eco-friendly garden will conserve water, reduce waste, and cause minimal harm to nature and its inhabitants — as well as save you time and money. Making your own compost, installing a natural pool, and reusing materials you already have are just some of the many ways you can improve your garden and transform it into a more vibrant, biologically diverse, and eco-friendly place to be.

Make your own compost

Why make your own compost? It enriches the soil with nutrients, reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, reduces weeds, and enhances the soil’s ability to absorb air and water. To create a compost bin, place concrete blocks in a partially sunny area in your garden near a water source. Collect compostable ingredients — fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, tea leaves, weeds, shredded paper, leaves, stalks, flowers, and grass — and place them in the compost bin. Don’t ever include meat, dairy, or oils as they’ll attract unwanted visitors. Turn the compost regularly with a pitchfork to evenly spread air and water around. Once the compost matures in roughly six to nine months and turns dark brown and crumbly, you’ll be free to use it on your garden soil and in planting pots.

Get a natural pool

Backyard swimming pools are huge energy-burners. In fact, homes with pools use 49% more energy than homes without pools — and that amounts to an extra $500 spent per year! Natural pools are a sustainable alternative which save you money in the long term. Whereas traditional pools rely on chlorine, other harmful chemicals, and energy-intensive pumps to clean the water, natural pools use water-purifying plants, bio-filtration, and skimming systems. It will cost a little more to initially install your natural pool, but your yearly maintenance costs will be significantly lower as a result.

Reuse what you already have

You can also reuse things you already own in order to reduce the amount of waste your garden produces. Plastic, in particular, can be creatively reused in many ways around your garden. Plastic bottles can function as slimline makeshift watering cans — simply poke a few holes in the lids. You can also use plastic bottles as seedling protectors: cut the tops of the bottles and place them where needed in your garden. Moreover, you can even get a water butt to collect rainwater and therefore limit the amount of fresh water you use when caring for your plants.

A final easy way to make your garden more eco-friendly is by cutting your lawn less often. Let it grow out slightly before mowing — lawns with taller grass prevent weeds and strengthen drought tolerance. You could also use a mulching mower which returns grass clippings back to the soil, thereby fertilizing your lawn the natural way.

Weren’t those some wonderful ideas. Living here in the So. Ca. desert, and owning a pool, I immediately clicked on the  Natural pools are a sustainable alternative . My pool happens to be a chlorine pool, and though I love to swim and spend hours in the pool, I dislike the feeling of chlorine on my body, and all the chemicals drying out my hair. Any alternative to harsh chemicals is a blessing.

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Thank you for looking and hope your day is filled with awesomeness.



31 thoughts on “Sustainable Gardening: Easy Ideas For Your Backyard ”

  1. Great ideas for the backyard! I just wanted to comment and let you know I thought you might be interested in participating in The Great Ladybug Challenge, so I included you in my challenge post. If you’re not interested or able to participate that’s okay too! 😊 Have a wonderful day!


    1. Thank you so much Kim! I am so glad you liked them. Amazing stuff huh! Most new pools here are the salt water, moving away from the chlorine, which makes me happy. Chlorine does such a number on my skin and hair…yuck!

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      1. I had a massage therapist that was concerned about me spending every day in chlorine for warm water therapy class. He wanted me to find a salt water pool! (I couldn’t back in 1998, plus I loved my teacher in my current classes.)

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    1. One word NO! Not in the desert?? A pool is the best way to enjoy, exercise, and refresh yourself in 115 -126 degree summer weather Tony. I have a vacuum continuously cleaning the pool when the pumps on. So that really saves on a poolman. It gets so hot Tony, the pool is so much fun in the summer!

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      1. One more word ‘relocation’! Gads! I love the desert, but one thing that keeps me from going there is the weather. There was a creek flowing through my home garden, and several at work. When it gets ‘warm’ (by our standards), I remember than I need to pull aquatic weeds from the riparian areas.

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      2. Well, just remember that I totally miss your region, and would love to return, even in summer (which was when I went to Palm Springs thirty years ago). The desert is so fascinating. All those happy native Washingtonia filiferas can’t be wrong about it.

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    1. The benefits of the salt water are too good too not use the salt over the chlorine. I live in the desert, we need a pool to dip in. After conming out of a chlorine pool you notice your hair and skin are so dry. Plus it fades out your hair. Yuck. Then you rinse yourself to get all the chlorine off your body. A salt water pool is so relaxing and doesn’t harm your skin or hair.

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  2. Natural pool is something I have learnt here today. I wasn’t aware of and I don’t know if the UK are into this as your country, but it is certainly a good idea.

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    1. I purchased this home 4 months ago…it has a salt water pool system. I am so happy with it. No more chlorine on my body drying out my skin. My hair is so much better. It originally was a chlorine pool, but switched over to salt.

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      1. It’s terrible for your skin! I lived in the desert so many years and always have a pool. Chlorine…yuck. Sold that house and the next one I put in a saltwater pool. It’s not that expensive to switch over. It’s so much better for your hair, nails, skin, hair…especially if you have eczema and sensitive skin. I hope you have a wonderful evening.

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