6 Ways to Lower Your Garden’s Carbon Footprint – HouseBeautiful.com


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From making compost to sourcing plants locally, there are many ways we can reduce the ecological footprint of gardening and combat global warming. But do you know where to begin?'Being a gardener means working alongside nature and many of us are also keen to protect it where we can,' says Lottie Hawkins, co-founder of the UK's leading biochar brand, Earthly Biochar. 'We often hear about reducing our carbon footprint, and there are lots of ways we can do that in our gardens to limit our impact on the environment.'Want to go green in 2022? Take a look at what you can do below...1. Source plants locally Buying plants from local growers and sellers will help reduce how much carbon is created in getting them to your garden. While many of us love a trip to a garden centre, some plants sold in large nurseries have been grown abroad or transported. Want to save some extra cash? Why not grow as much as you can from seed.

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2. Take care of your gardening tools Cared-for pruning tools will give a cleaner cut, helping to reduce the risk of plant diseases and rust. It can be easy to forget, but it's important to make a habit of cleaning your tools after each use. 'If your tools last longer, you can buy less, which cuts down your carbon footprint,' says Lottie. 'However, if you do need to replace a tool, try and find it second-hand where you can.'

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3. Let your lawn growLetting your lawn grow a bit unruly is not only great for wildlife, but it also reduces how much energy you use to maintain your garden — and will lower your carbon footprint. Best of all, if you leave the lawn to grow free you'll likely spot pretty plants like clover, daisy, buttercup and dandelion popping up. 4. Try a no dig gardenNo dig gardening is a method used in organic gardening where you don't use a fork or spade to disturb the soil in any way. Inspired by the simplicity of nature and encouraged by the 'guru of no dig' Charles Dowding, it involves layering mulch on top rather than digging it in. Why not slip on your gardening gloves and give it a go? Lottie adds: 'Digging actually releases carbon dioxide because our soil contains huge amounts of carbon and when we dig or turn our soil, it escapes into the atmosphere.'5. Making your own compost A compost heap is important in any garden, but do you know how to make your own? According to Lottie, making compost at home is an effective way to lower your carbon footprint as it is more eco-friendly than driving to a composting facility. 'Food scraps that go into general waste still likely end up in landfill, where they produce more greenhouse gases when they break down compared to a home compost bin,' adds Lottie. 'Using homemade compost also means you aren't buying bags that have been made in one area and then driven to your local garden centre. If you can't use homemade compost, try and find a peat-free option: peat bogs store vast amounts of carbon and when peat is removed to create compost, this carbon is released into the atmosphere. Try using alternatives like plant-based compost instead.'

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6. Capture carbon 'As well as reducing how much carbon you create, you can also use your garden to remove carbon from the atmosphere. One way to capture carbon is planting trees, however, there are lots of other ways too, including using biochar,' explains Lottie. 'Biochar is a charcoal-like material made from waste wood that's been heated in a specific way to trap the carbon present in a crystalline structure. Simply mixing it into your compost keeps the carbon safely out of the atmosphere, plus it helps soil keep hold of nutrients, meaning root systems become stronger and plants grow better too.'Follow House Beautiful on Instagram.
22 best gardening gifts under £35

Gardening letterbox gift — Gardening Gifts
RHS Gardening Letterbox Gift

Treat your gardening-loving friend to this wonderful RHS gift set. Small enough to fit through the letterbox, it includes a pair of gardening gloves and a handy set of wooden plant labels. 

Wildflower bomb — Gardening Gifts
Pollinator Beebom, Wildflower Seed Mix


These easy-to-use seedboms biodegrade into the environment leaving only plants behind. The ultimate stocking filler, each pack contains Cornflowers, Vipers Bugloss, Wild Marjoram, Red Clover, Borage & Phacelia.SEE MORE:  6 steps to sowing wildflower seeds in your garden

Gardening gloves — Gardening Gifts
Burgon & Ball Flora & Fauna Gardening Gloves, Medium

Burgon & Ball

Gloves are a must-have for gardeners. With a sweet bird print and ultra-soft fell palms, this Burgon & Ball style is perfect for all. 

Plant care set — Gardening Gifts
Plantsmith Houseplant Care Gift Box

Surprise plant parents with this houseplant care gift set. Featuring plant food, tonic and care mist, it has all the essential nutrients to help keep plants happy and healthy.  

Trowel box set — Gardening Gifts
Sophie Conran trowel gift boxed

Sophie Conran

Presented in a lovely box, this Sophie Conran trowel makes the perfect gift for your garden-loving friend. 

Slate market — Gardening Gifts
Engraved Slate Plant Marker


Make a friend or family member smile with this lovely personalised state plant marker. 

Plant pot — Gardening Gifts
Dutch Floral Patterned Plant Pot

£11.95Have you ever seen a more beautiful plant pot? These even come with their own bulbs, so expect Delft Blue Hyacinth to blossom next spring.

Tool bag — Gardening Gifts
Sophie Conran tool bag

Sophie Conran

Keep tools and accessories neatly stored away with this stylish gardening bag. Designed by Sophie Conran, it's water resistant, wipe clean and has practical restraining straps to keep your items safe. 

Hand lotion — Gardening Gifts
Lemon and Rosewood Organic Hand Lotion


Gardening is often tough on the hands, so it's important for regular gardeners to look after their skin. Trust us, this hand cream will go down a treat...

Gardening tea towel — Gardening Gifts
Dig the Earth Tea Towel


Dry up dishes in style with Emma Bridgewater's tea towel featuring everything you might find in a potting shed. 

Watering can — Gardening Gifts
Mini Green Earthenware Watering Can

Formed from earthenware and finished with a glaze, this watering can is a must-have for avid gardeners. 

Bee house — Gardening Gifts
Shetland Hexagonal Bee House


Encourage bees into the garden with this affordable bee house. Designed to imitate honeycomb's hexagonal shapes, it's the perfect nesting site. 

Garden kneeler — Gardening Gifts
Canvas Garden Kneeler

£24.95This practical canvas kneeler is a must-have for every gardening aficionado. Its long handle makes it incredible practical to hang in a shed or garage after use. 

Ceramic plant set — Gardening Gifts
Personalised RHS Set Of Two Ceramic Planters


Get personal with your gift ideas and give something printed with your own message. These ceramic planters make excellent presents.

Great for book lovers — Gardening Gifts
Wild at Home: Style & Care for Beautiful Plants Book

A book is always a good idea. Wild at Home is a great title to gift plant and garden lovers alike. 

Hand fork — Gardening Gifts
Hawkesbury Hand Fork


Every gardener needs a practical hand fork. Tidy up flower beds and borders with this three-pronged hand tool from Garden Trading.

Planter — Gardening Gifts
Lloyd the Llama Ceramic Planter

Oliver Bonas

Keep succulents and small cacti in this sweet llama-shaped ceramic planter. 

Potted plant — Gardening Gifts
50cm Peace Lily | Spathiphyllum | 13cm Pot | By Plant Theory

Bring a smile to your friend's face with this peace lily in a soft grey pot. With dark green foliage and long-lasting white flowers, it's a beautiful way to brighten any room. 

Garden tools mug — Gardening Gifts
Seconds Good Gardening Gardening Tools 1/2 Pint Mug


With a gardening tools design, this gorgeous mug is a brilliant gift for every garden  lover.  

Workshop — Gardening Gifts
Chilli Grower Workshop for Two


Learning new skills are always exciting. This experience gift will give guests the chance to professionally learn how to grow their own chillis at home.

Bird food tin — Gardening Gifts
Burgon & Ball Enamel Bird Feed Tin, Cream

Burgon & Ball

This enamel tin is an incredibly stylish way to store bird seeds. We're certain it will make a well-received gift. 

Fat ball set — Gardening Gifts
Fat Ball Bird Seed Gift Box

£25This gift box will give your gardening friends a step in the right direction to help care for any small garden birds.  Follow House Beautiful on Instagram.

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