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Eco-friendly gardening is any easy, chemical-free way to grow a healthy green garden! Here are 4 tips for how to maintain a sustainable garden:

Use Companion Planting

Protect your green garden from pesky bugs and animals without using chemicals! Companion planting is an eco-friendly way to protect your garden, by maximizing plant diversity.  Planting veggies like broccoli or cabbage alone makes an easy target for insects, like the cabbage moth. But if you companion plant, you mask the scent of the favored food and confuse the pest.  Try surrounding the bed with carrots and onions! Other plants that improve the health of their neighbors include garlic, chives, and pole beans. Set garlic around roses or apples to prevent scab, and plant pole beans around lettuce or spinach during summer’s heat, to provide shade! Sprinkling a little bit of cayenne pepper around your crops deters hungry rabbits from feasting on your veggies too!

Use Cover Crops

Cover crops are also known as “green manure”.  At the end of a growing season, planting cover crops is an all-natural way to revitalize the soil, and help soil tilth and subsequent plant growth. Cover crops are planted when your garden is empty. Once the crops grow, you work them into the soil instead of eating them. As their leaves, stems and roots begin to decompose, they provide 100% organic matter, which serves as food for a host of soil-dwelling creatures that reprocess those nutrients into a plant-friendly food source for your garden plants. For examples of cover crops, check out this helpful cover crop chart.

Try Composting

Composting is another eco-safe fertilizer. Composting turns biodegradable yard and kitchen wastes into a nutrient-rich, soil-like substances through a combination of biological and chemical processes. Sheet composting is an easy do-it-yourself way to compost in an idle garden bed or area. Just spread your kitchen wastes in a 2- to 4-inch layer, cover with soil, and leave to decompose between growing seasons.

Try Crop Rotation

Crop rotation is the practice of replacing the type of plant grown in a certain area of your garden, with a plant belonging to a different family. This rotation helps keep soil healthy, ward off pests and reduce the risk of soil-borne diseases.   Ideally crops are rotated on a two- or three-year schedule. You can also rotate crops based on their nutrient needs. Heavy feeders like corn or squash can be followed up by a light feeder such as carrots. Legumes such as beans or peas are light feeders that add nitrogen back to the soil. Mixing up your garden keeps it healthy and nutrition-rich!


Homeowners and renters have always sought after having a green lawn. There’s no denying that a healthy lawn with lush grass and shrubs is a reason to be proud. Today, going green and eco-friendly in your lawn is another important part of having a “green lawn”. Eco-friendly lawn and garden care is healthy for your yard, and for your family. Certain plant fertilizers may seem harmless, but are often toxic and harmful to your children, and pets. Eco-safe lawn care goods are a great way to make your lawn the greenest on the block, and the healthiest for your family. Here are some great suggestions for how to get started on making your lawn and garden eco-friendly:

  • Testing Soil. Testing the pH of your soil is always a good first step in the process. It allows you to identify deficiencies and plan for the problems that may plague your lawn throughout the year.
  • Cleaning and Aerating. Cleaning your lawn of debris and weed growth will provide a fresh start for seedlings. Use spiked thong sandals to aerate as opposed to the gas-guzzling machines that are typical for this duty.
  • Organic Herbicide. Apply an herbicide that is made from corn gluten meal. Corn gluten fertilizer is the only proven pre-emergent organic herbicide on the market. Apply 20 pounds per 1,000 square feet of lawn.
  • Organic Fertilizer. Look for blended organic fertilizers that are made from biodegradable materials. A tip for applying Organic Fertilizer is 20 pounds per 1,000 square feet early to late spring.
  • Periodic Mowing. Keep your lawn at a height of three inches throughout the year. You should only cut it shorter than 3 inches at the conclusion of the growing season.
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