It’s a New Year and you know what that means? Everyone is already busy fulfilling promises to be a better version of themselves this year. But what was your New Year’s resolution?
If you haven’t come up with one yet, not to worry, there’s still plenty of time! And if you’re motivated to exercise more, spend more time outdoors, save money and feel more accomplished with just one resolution, we have just the one for you – becoming more resourceful by transforming your garden.
With COVID-19 still disrupting our daily lives, there’s never been a better time to stop relying so heavily on others and start being more proactive. Learning to be more self-sufficient is never a bad thing and so we have compiled a list of some of the best tips in trying to be more environmentally sustainable.
- Grow Your Own
If you’re the kind of person who buys a bunch of herbs at the supermarket with grand ambitions of creating a Masterchef-worthy dish yet ends up finding it turning fuzzy in the bottom of the crisper a week later, a personal herb garden is just for you! It’s the perfect way to save a few dollars each grocery shop, minimise wastage and will leave you feeling accomplished when you taste the results.
Don’t forget to share your produce with friends and neighbours if you have extras.
You don’t need to dive headfirst into a full veggie patch – starting small with a little kit is a fine. Don’t forget to check out Instagram and local Facebook groups for inspiration and advice.
- One Man’s Trash…
DIY projects like creating your compost and producing your own mulch are fantastic alternatives to splashing out on pricey store varieties, maximising on your own plant offcuts and grass cuttings and will give a new life to your kitchen scraps.
Chat to the team at Toowoomba Mower Centre to get your hands on your very own chipper and mulcher. It’s also a great project to get the kids involved in.
- Nothing Beats Fresh Produce
If you have the space, time and passion for it, why not add a few chickens to your yard? Chickens provide valuable fertiliser, will reduce your bin space by eating your scraps and will also produce delicious fresh eggs. Make sure you do your research beforehand and even take a look into local adoption shelters for chickens looking for a new home.
- Shrink that Carbon Footprint
By switching to an electric mower, you will be doing wonders for the environment (not to mention your wallet!) If you haven’t used an electric mower before, head into Toowoomba Mower Centre where their expert team will help you choose the right variety for you.
- Consistency is Key
Many people don’t maintain their garden tools and only realise they need cleaning, oiling or servicing when they go to use them and they simply don’t work.
To avoid being caught-out when you need your gear the most, set a date to get your lawn mower and edgers serviced regularly, sharpen the blades of all your pruning and cutting tools and be sure to clean and treat them with rust-proofing lubricant after each use. You’ll be surprised by how well they work and how long they last when stored and maintained properly. Chat to our friendly team at Toowoomba Mower Centre about how you look after all your garden tools.
We hope we have inspired you to live sustainably this year! So get out into the garden while the weather is still warm and make a start on a garden that will impress your guests and enhance your next meal.