A thrifty garden is a garden that takes care of the planet as much as it does your wallet. An intelligent and maintained garden that respects biodiversity, does not succumb to excessive watering and saves chemicals ... In short, an ecosystem that makes common sense its main working tool.
A water-saving garden
A garden measured in expenses is first of all a garden consuming little water, thanks to a few reflexes. - The rainwater collector
The principle is simple: we connect the recuperator to the rainwater collection system using gutters in order to reuse the water to water plants, clean the car… There are two main families of recuperators, those above ground and those buried which require a more substantial installation system. In the trade, you will find different models, ranging from 250 liters to 2000 liters. Remember to protect your container from the sun by installing it in the shade and equipping it with a cover: the water should not evaporate. Your water collector will be even more practical to use if you equip it with a tap. - watering
It must be done above all at the right times of the day, early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid hot weather. The drip system, which delivers only the amount of water necessary for each plant, is the ideal solution for the vegetable patch and flowers. For trees, watering is more generous but you must form bowls around the trunks to retain the water as much as possible and avoid frequent passages. Once a week is usually enough for your entire garden. - Mulching or mulch
It consists of placing a thin layer of organic or mineral materials on the soil and around the plants (straw, wood shavings, sawdust, vegetable waste, etc.) in order to retain moisture on the soil after rain or watering. A process which also has the merit of limiting the development of weeds.
Hoe the soil regularly to allow it to breathe and facilitate water absorption. In your fruit and vegetable corner, consider rolling in, depending on the season. The rotation of the plants limits the exhaustion of the soil, avoids having to resort to fertilizers and, the icing on the vegetable patch, prevents pests from settling permanently. Be careful to respect the calendar and the geographical area in which you are located for the choice of plants! Because a thrifty garden is above all a healthy garden. Remember to feed the earth with a homemade compost, a gesture as ecological as economical since it replaces chemical fertilizers. To do this, simply collect the organic waste from the garden, the vegetable peelings and allow the whole to ferment in the shade for at least 3 months, always leaving it in contact with the ground, watering it from time to time. other and airing it. Your compost will be ready to use once it is odorless, similar to potting soil.
The choice of plants
To avoid excess harmful products, the choice of plants is essential. Not all have the same requirements. Among the plants that consume little water and in maintenance, we of course retain succulents (houseleek, aloe ...) but you can also opt for lavender, yucca, strawberry tree, oleander, eleanagnus, winter jasmine, laurel tin, St. John's wort ... In an economical garden there is also a wide range of aromatic plants such as thyme, rosemary, sage, valerian. Resistant and robust plants that do not need chemical fertilizers to grow. Finally, after each flowering, remember to harvest the seeds of your plants yourself for use in the next sowing.
The benefits of garden aids
Some insects or small animals will help balance your ecosystem without the need for insecticides or other chemicals. This is why ladybugs are so important, for example, fighting very effectively against the proliferation of aphids. As for the pollinators that are bees, bumblebees and butterflies, they play a primordial role in the garden since they are the ones that transport pollen from one flower to another, thus allowing plants to reproduce. Our practical gardening videos