Water is a precious resource and the effects of climate change are increasingly affecting supply. If you have a garden that needs regular watering — even if it’s just a few beds and pots — installing a water butt is a no brainer: not only is rainwater better for plants (it has a lower PH than mains water, which plants prefer) it’s better for your pocket and the environment, too.
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Create a compost bin
Compost bins not only address the issue of food waste (which accounts for 6% of global emissions), they save you money, too. If you have a garden that needs to be fed regularly with compost, creating a compost bin in the garden is a great way to ensure you have a free, never-ending supply throughout the year. There are plenty of tutorials online on how to create your own using old pallets (easy to get hold of for free). Just make sure you leave instructions for guests so they’re clear about what they can and can’t compost.
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Plant a simple herb garden
Herbs are easy to grow and maintain in pots, and making an edible garden with some of the most popular varieties not only makes your garden look attractive to both guests and wildlife, they save visitors buying fresh plastic-wrapped ones from the supermarket. Mint, thyme, rosemary, parsley and basil all thrive in the UK’s climate and are used in so many recipes that are staples of the British diet. And who doesn’t like a bit of freshly-picked parsley with their fish?