January is the perfect time to think about what you want to do in the garden come spring and planning properly now can mean success later in the year, especially if you’re new to gardening. Preparation is key!
Something you might like to consider as an option for your outside spaces is conscious gardening, also known as veganic gardening – where you don’t use any animal products at all.
You might be surprised at just how many animal products are actually used in gardening. Manure, for example, is made up of animal waste, while fertiliser can include bone meal, blood meal and so on.
Conscious gardening avoids the use of these, using compost, which is recycled organic waste, instead of manure, for example. You can also find vegan fertiliser to really take your gardening to the next level.
Veganic gardening also means not using any pesticides or insecticides to help control what flies in and out of your garden. Pests are inevitable but there are ways to keep them at bay without causing any harm.
Keeping your garden tidy will help deter them as it gives them fewer places to hide, or you could even give them a home and set up a log pile specifically for them. And what you plant can also have an impact – marigolds are especially good at deterring pests, as are chrysanthemums, mint and basil.
Check out this Beginner’s Guide to Veganic Gardening to find out even more about how to encourage your garden, as well as all the local wildlife.
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