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A composter and a pitchfork will help you turn kitchen and yard waste into black gold for the garden.

Power the lights in your garden with the sun.

Limit your watering to the most efficient times – early morning or evening.

where you can. Take mosquitoes for example, one of the best ways to reduce their populations is to simply remove standing water from your property. 4. Feed your plants naturally with earth friendly

products like: Compost - It’s free if you do it yourself! Use a bin or

build a composter and turn food scraps (not meat) and fall leaves into black gold for the garden. Make tea – From worm tea to seaweed, add a natural

fertilizer. Bone and blood meal are also great natural addi- tions for plants. Manure – If you have chickens or farm animals let the

manure mellow for at least six months or add it to your compost for some super fertilizer. Vermicompost – A mix of the tea and compost ideas, steep worm castings in water to make a liquid foliar feed

When space is limited, grow up! Living walls of plants are beautiful.

or add the castings directly into the garden 5. Use the power of the sun. Install solar powered

garden lights and skip the wiring and electrical bills. Try a solar-powered grid to power water features or to replace electricity needs in other areas of the garden. 6. Water wisely. Water according to the sun; early

morning or evening watering is best to decrease evapora- tion losses. Soaker hoses are better than sprayers or sprin- klers for conserving water as the water is delivered directly to the root of the plants. 7. Create a potager. Plant edible flowers, pretty annu-

als and perennials with herbs and vegetables. A traditional gardening technique that is both pretty and functional as you can use companion planting techniques to get the most out of your plants. Besides, who wouldn’t want a beautiful vegetable garden?

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