A Greener Garden
The summer offers a great chance to get out into the garden and put your green fingers to work. Bringing your grass and plants back to life can be good for mind, body and even the earth itself. So, if you're ready to dust down your tools, find the key to the shed and get your hands dirty, we recommend you read this first.
This is the ReGen Waste guide to green gardening, from composting to reintroducing wildlife we have the tips for you.
The fundamental relationship
You may be choosing to clear up your garden for aesthetic, exercise or more practical reasons, for the latter we can help. The greatest connection you can have with your soil is eating what you produce there and growing veg is possibly much easier than you think. Vegetables like carrots, cauliflower and onions can all be harvested from the locality of your back garden.
Planting veg is also a brilliant activity for children, who can apply what they learn in classrooms in the real world. For the best results start out with veg in pots before moving onto your soil. Tomatoes and chillies are easy starting points and can be grown, picked and washed in weeks.
Bring Some Life
Your garden thrives and looks great when you open it up to the local wildlife. From birds to butterflies, your garden can become a sanctuary for all sorts of wildlife that brings an added element of beauty to your garden. Attracting birds and insects is quite easy and once they are there, they can actually help your garden grow through pollination and spreading seeds from other sources. For birds a mixed food holder on a tree will draw them in, the more varied the food the more varied the species.
To attract bees and butterflies to liven up your green area, plant flowers which are rich in nectar and pollen to lure in these beautiful insects. Like gardening, this activity can be educational and fun for children, especially during the long summer holidays. Also, try to limit how much of your garden you mow, some areas of longer grass can house wildlife, anyone with a cat can testify to this!
Nowhere else in your home offers the same green cycle as you garden, your garden waste can be brought back to life through composting. Composting is the simple act of transforming waste into something that is good for your soil. From tree clippings to teabags, you can create this rich fertilizer by storing it outdoors and then spreading it across your lawn. It's hard to believe, but composting allows you to care for your lawn with natural vitamins from waste products.
Aside from animal-based waste, you can take the contents of your brown bin and store it for composting outdoors. There are also some items you may recycle such as papers which can also be added. Through using your waste to care for your lawn, you are reducing the need for chemical-based fertilizers. At ReGen, transforming waste into a new material or back to its original form is our specialist subject. We have already processed 1.5 million tonnes of waste! This includes domestic waste like that above, but also commercial waste such as cardboard, plastic film and glass. The result is a huge reduction in waste to landfill, thanks in part to smart technology and a committed team.