People are becoming more aware of the environment and their impact on it. Over the past decades we have become an increasingly consumerist based society. From a world in which recycling was common, single use became the norm. This throwaway society is unsustainable.
Sustainable gardening results in the creation of an environmentally friendly area in which natural predators thrive and soils are naturally replenished.
Discover innovative and simple ways of recycling everything from water to materials in the garden. Practical examples show recycling in action turning unwanted items into useful features such as bottle edging, footpaths made from tyres, garden forks into table lamps, broken pottery to mosaics and tree roots into lush garden stumperies.
Recycling, reusing and upcycling in the garden can make a difference helping you save money by using less water, making your own compost, choosing energy efficient equipment and by giving everyday items a totally new function.
Instead of a throwaway society, we are increasingly looking at ways of reducing our use of increasingly scarce resources, turning plastic into paths, using solar energy and conserving water. Natural recycling of plant material and sustainable gardening is increasingly popular. This book helps search for creative ideas that can conserve resources, and save you money.
Water is no longer cheap, so the book suggests many ways that you can re-use water and get free rainwater.
The book helps you with places you may not think of looking for free and cheap material, such as reclamation yards, factories, restaurants and hospitals.
Let your imagination run free without needing much skill and without breaking the bank.
"In a world where climate change and sustainability is increasingly important, gardeners can make a major difference," suggests journalist Youngman (The Weird and Wonderful Story of Gin) in this pedestrian take on eco-friendly gardening practices. To save money, time, and energy, she encourages gardeners to adopt such sustainable practices as composting food scraps to make fertilizer and rigging gutters to collect rainwater in barrels. Other projects are smaller in scope, such as "upcycling" paper egg cartons to start seedlings, using solar-powered path lights, and repurposing empty wine bottles as path markers. Youngman recommends looking to the past for inspiration and tells how the Nunnington Hall estate in North Yorkshire practices the centuries old technique of placing manure-stained fleece at the bases of fruit trees to fertilize them, though it's unclear how readers without sheep should make use of this information. Many of the other ideas are commonsensical (composting) or recycled from other sources (Jennifer Davies's The Wartime Kitchen Garden pops up frequently), and some of the photos—including an amateurish snapshot of a running faucet, captioned "Water—a scarce commodity"—come across as unnecessary. Gardeners hunting for tips to boost sustainability would be better served elsewhere.