Add Some Green To Your Gardening Routine – terra20

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JUN 15, 2021

Add some green to your gardening routine


Check out Audra's tips to keep your green thumb seriously green this gardening season.

Add some green to your gardening routine


Conserve that water!

Gardening isn’t a one season activity. In spring mother nature acts as our sprinkler, but so much growing happens during the hottest months. Conserving water is key to an eco-friendly garden. Collect water. Not only do you save money but plants prefer the oxygen rich warm soft water from the barrel than they do the cold chemically treated water from the tap. Using mulch feeds your plants as it breaks down, keeping the roots moist, suppresses weeds, keeping your plants feet cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Win win win. Another way to cut down on watering? Plant a drought resistant grass seed. Wildflower Farm’s Eco Lawn is quick to germinate but is slow growing and it requires less fertilizing and less watering due to its deep root system. It saves you money and the smart folks at Wildflower farms suggest you let it grow long and earn yourself a free-flowing grass carpet. I know a golden retriever that would love to roll in something like that.

Compost, compost, compost

A very wise gardener once told me you should always be feeding your soil. A garden rarely needs more soil the soil just needs food. Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium are what your soil craves. Compost is full of those nutrients and it’s free! Did you know that the Composting Council of Canada says that as much as 50% of our household waste is nutrient rich organic matter? That’s right, our garbage can feed our garden soil instead of taking up space in landfill. If you’re averse to the yuck factor of composting? Greenlid brings us a brilliant mess free way to collect household compost then head straight to the compost pile with it. Keep the lid and pop it right onto the pile because the bin itself is 100% compostable. Made with end of life cardboard that has been recycled so many times it’s no longer eligible for the process again. We won’t see you being retired dear cardboard just composted, consider yourself reborn.

SPF is your BFF

Everyone knows that Canadian gardens have a bountiful but short growing season. While out in that beautiful heat you mustn’t underestimate the power of mom nature so make sure to stay safe from her rays. Use and reapply a good sunscreen every two hours while you’re sweating it out there in the dirt. Thinksport Face Sunscreen is a great choice! It contains Vitamin C & E for moisture along with a slight tint to ward off the whitening effects of the zinc, no reason to look like the ghost gardener out there. Along with that sunscreen add a Lip Balm with an SPF like All Good, comes in 6 flavours with an SPF of 15 to protect your lips.

Hats on!

Second up for protecting yourself from a nasty burn while gardening is a hat. Nothing worse than coming in from a hard days work and realizing you have a nose worthy of Rudolph. tentree is a good choice here, designed in Canada, made ethically in Vietnam. They plant 10 trees for every item you buy. So that’s like successful gardening before you even step out the door. terra20 customers to date have helped tentree plant over 7790 trees. That is approximately 4 acres of forest! Now that’s a garden.

Make sure to come prepared

Things don’t always go smoothly out there. Bug bites, scrapes and nasty thorns! It takes a tough disposition to be a gardener. Worry not, tough is in your gardeners’ blood but no need to bleed out. Always have a bit of first aid at the ready. What better way to cover that booboo than with a fully compostable plastic free bamboo bandage?! I mean what else would you find in a sustainable gardeners first aid kit? Make sure to give that cut a good wash first and then wrap it in a Patch bandage with the healing powers of aloe vera, coconut oil or activated charcoal that helps draw out impurities as you heal. When you’re all done? Pop it in your compost bin. Patch bandages are 100% compostable in just 10 weeks!

Get outdoors and enjoy the green before all that white comes back!

Written by Audra Curley

Audra is a member of terra20's Buying Team. When she isn't sharing brand stories and doing a happy dance about new exciting products from the buying team at terra20 Audra is a proud mom of three who loves her family, her golden retriever, all things creative, and a little camping on the side.

Written by Audra Curley

Audra is a member of terra20's Buying Team. When she isn't sharing brand stories and doing a happy dance about new exciting products from the buying team at terra20 Audra is a proud mom of three who loves her family, her golden retriever, all things creative, and a little camping on the side.

Comments

  • Posted On July 11, 2021 by Sue

    Love this blog. Keep it going.

  • Posted On July 11, 2021 by Lisa Kane

    Great tips and products to consider! Thanks Terra20!🪴🌱😎

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