As the days get longer and the temperatures rise, you might be starting to think about your own backyard gardening and planting. Working in the yard, getting your hands dirty, and growing your own food are all great for our overall health. But have you thought about how often plastic is used in our gardening?
We’ve been talking since last April about how to reduce plastics in your everyday life and gardening is no exception. Here are some simple changes you can make this year as you plan your garden:
- Next time you need to purchase new gardening tools consider buying ones made of wood and metal instead of plastic. They may last longer and look better, too!
- You can make your own recycled newspaper pots to grow seedlings that later can be placed in the soil.
- Instead of using a rubber hose to water plants, perhaps a good old fashioned metal water can do the trick. You’ll get in more steps as well.
- Use cardboard under mulch to keep back weeds.
- Try burlap and moss in hanging pots instead of plastic liners.
We hope that you’ve gained some knowledge on how to reduce your plastic usage in your daily life. If we all work to make small steps to increase our awareness and decrease our use of plastic we will make a difference.