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  • Writer's pictureFerris Team

Green Gardening: The End of Summer Clear-out

Hello fellow gardeners! As summer bids farewell, it's the perfect time to have a garden clean-up, but let's make it a sustainable one! Here are some end of summer gardening tips for a sustainable autumn and beyond!

1. Compost Your Way to Rich Soil

First up, let's talk about those spent vegetable plants and pruned branches. Instead of tossing them into the bin, turn them into garden gold through composting! Composting not only reduces waste but also enriches your soil, making it ready for the next growing season. Create a compost pile or use a compost bin, and you'll be amazed at how nature transforms your garden waste into nutrient-rich goodness.

2. Seed Saving: Harvesting for Tomorrow

As the season winds down, don't forget to save seeds from your favourite plants. This eco-friendly practice preserves plant varieties and saves you money in the long run! Drying and storing seeds is simple and can be a fun project for the whole family. Just imagine the joy of planting next year's garden with seeds you've harvested and nurtured yourself!

3. Up-cycle Garden Furniture

Is your outdoor furniture looking tired? Instead of buying new items next spring, get creative and up-cycle them. With a bit of paint and creativity, you can transform old furniture into new, eye-catching garden décor. DIY projects can breathe new life into discarded items, reduce waste and add a personal touch to your garden.

4. Preserve Garden Tools

Your trusty garden tools have served you well over the summer, but they can do more than just gather dust in the shed during the colder months. Give them a second life by cleaning, sharpening, and storing them properly to avoid rust and damage. With a little TLC, your gardening tools will last longer and be ready to help you tackle any upcoming outdoor projects.

5. Feed the Bees and Butterflies

Autumn might be approaching, but our pollinator friends are still buzzing around. Consider leaving a few spent flowers or seed heads in your garden. These provide food for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, helping them thrive and support our ecosystems.

6. Share the Bounty

If your summer garden, or allotment, produced more fruits and vegetables than you can eat, consider sharing the extra with friends, family, or local food banks. It's a great way to spread the love and reduce food waste in your community.

So, there you have it – a few eco-friendly ways to look after your garden as summer draws to a close. Happy gardening!


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