Green Gardening Tips

Spring has sprung, and with it the opportunity to start planting gardens, flowerboxes and the like in anticipation of a warm, fruitful summer. As with just about everything, TreeHugger has some favorite methods and helpful tips to make your gardening experience a little greener.

Waterwise Garden is a great place to start to get more information on green gardening; it has tips on xeriscaping and other low-water gardening methods, includes plants that can survive on little or no water for weeks at a time, and has tips for organic pest control and DIY recipes for getting it done. As an added bonus, it’s available as software in addition to the print version, which is a great way to save a few trees. Learn more about what to find in the book in our review []. Because plants don’t like synthetic fertilizers any more than we do, we recommend TerraCycle Plant Food []; the same goes for keeping your plants and gardens bug-free, so we like organic insecticide [] to keep you, your plants and the planet happy.

If you’ve got the green thumb, but no green plants, we have you covered there, as well. Organizations like Free Trees & Plants [] will help you grow your garden for just the cost of shipping. Even better, check out locally evolved, grown & distributed [] (LEG’D) plants; they’ll tolerate your soil types and weather, won’t bring in any new and nasty exotic insects and diseases and have a smaller carbon footprint, since they don’t have to travel far. For anyone interested in growing a green roof, Motherplants [] is the place for you: the nursery is devoted to growing plants specifically for green roofs.

For those with a burgeoning green thumb, but not a lot of green real estate, don’t fret! Check out Leopoldo’s hanging basket [] (pictured), the Hortuba garden table [] or these groovy recycled planters [] for a great place to start a container garden or to grow flowers or some fresh herbs for summertime cooking. Whether you’re an old pro at getting your garden to grow, or just starting out with a small plot and some seed packets, there are lots of fun, easy ways to make your springtime gardening a little bit greener.