More Sustainable Gardening Tips
After building a healthy foundation by composting, sheet mulching, and cover cropping it's time to think about other aspects of gardening including irrigation, plant selection, and managing pests. Find out more about sustainable gardening techniques from the links below.
Plan your garden. Many an eager gardener can tell a tale of planting first and then considering the consequences. The process can be made clearer—and the end results more successful—by taking the time to think things through at the outset.
Select the right plants for the right place. In addition to a plant’s beauty, it is important to consider a plant’s function and placement in the garden. Particular areas of the garden will call for particular plant choices.
Save water in your garden. Saving water saves money and reduces demand for our limited water supplies. Using less water, and watering at the right time, can also mean a healthier, better looking garden.
Harvest rainwater or use graywater. You can lower your water bills by collecting rainwater and using it to water plants. You can also conserve water by diverting graywater from your home’s plumbing system to landscaped areas.
Manage pests and weeds safely. Bay-Friendly gardeners seek to limit pest problems by fostering a healthy environment in which plants have the strength to resist disease and insect infestations and to out-compete weeds.
Grow food year round. Fruits and vegetables can be grown in a dedicated portion of the yard, in containers on patios and balconies, and even integrated into ornamental landscaping. And thanks to our mild Mediterranean-type climate in the Bay Area, we can grow many edible plants year-round.
Get started raising bees, chickens or other small livestock. In return for providing them with food, water and shelter, chickens, ducks, rabbits and goats will produce nutrient-rich manure that you can use to improve your garden soil. Bees provide important pollination services.
Garden in small or rented spaces. You don’t have to own a home with a big yard in order to garden. From containers on windowsills and balconies to plots in community gardens, there are plenty of options for getting your hands dirty.
- Hire a Bay-Friendly Qualified Professional. If you’re daunted by the thought of tackling a garden renovation, or don’t have the time or inclination to do it yourself, consider getting professional help from a Bay-Friendly Qualified landscape design or maintenance professional.