82 Sustainable Gardening Tips

Go beyond organic with these creative, real-world ideas for more sustainable gardening.



Sustainable Garden Lead
Composting, using poultry for pest control and reusing materials in the garden are just a few ways to make growing your own food more sustainable.
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Goat Pulling Cart
Want to haul supplies sans fuel power? Try training a goat to pull a cart!
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Toilet In The Garden
Some gardeners intercept the “waste” stream by saving and diluting urine, then using it on plants as fertilizer.
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Window Hay Cold Frame
You can extend your growing season with natural and repurposed materials. For instance, make a cold frame from hay bales and an old window.
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Twig Plant Marker
Instead of store-bought plant markers, try collecting twigs and shaving off a small area to write plant varieties on.
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Rocks In Bird Bath
To support pollinators in your garden, plant a diversity of flowers and put a few rocks in a birdbath. The rocks will help the pollinators get a drink without drowning.
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Gardener Using Hand Sickle
An old-fashioned hand sickle is an excellent tool for jobs such as cutting a small cover crop to use the material as mulch.
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