A guide to plastic-free gardening

Date:2 December 2019 Author: Leila Stein Tags:,

As most of the world come to realise that the cheap and easy plastic materials we use are causing problems when it comes to pollution, clogging up landfills, and killing our wildlife, people are making conscience efforts to replace plastic in their every day lives. One area often forgotten about when it comes to reducing plastic waste is gardening. Something so helpful for the planet, caring for and cultivating plants, can often produce significant plastic waste.

Here are some tips to help replace those plastic items with more sustainable options.

Metal tools


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While they may be more expensive, they are likely to last longer than your plastic ones. Metal tools will last as long as you pay enough attention to them to make sure they don’t rust. A simple cleaning and dry spraying with proper hanging storage isn’t a major effort and will keep your tools clean and usable for years.

Make your own compost


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Buying compost may be easier but it also comes packaged in big, non-recyclable plastic bags. Another option, which also improve recycling organic materials, is to make your own compost. You can throw in leftovers, cuttings and coffee grounds. Just throw all of these into a compost bin (preferably wooden or metal, not plastic.

Use ceramic pots


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Ceramic pots are a beautiful alternative to cheap plastic. Although it is easiest to just buy the plastic, there are loads of options when it comes to alternate pot storage, including terra cotta, burlap baskets or recycles pottery pots. Maybe even find any broken pots you have left in the garage and try fix them up, coming up with creative patching solutions can give a fun eclectic look to your garden.

Try finding a seed swap


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Often seed packets and plants bought at the store are made of plastic. While this is unavoidable if shopping at these kind of places, another option is finding a seed swapping community in your area. Or if this isn’t possible, talk to friends, neighbours or family about swapping seeds with them.

Switch to a watering can


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This is a good option for two reasons. The first is that hose pipes are made from plastic and also because a watering can is a more efficient use of water, a resource that also needs consideration and protection.

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