Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Holistic Garden: Let Nothing Green Go To Waste

What does the word "holistic" conjure up when you hear it? This question is worth asking because the chances are that if you asked a hundred people, more than half would say something about therapy. While there's nothing wrong with that - holistic treatments certainly do exist - it only covers part of the meaning.

A functional definition of the term is that it has to do with the “whole of the thing”. So holistic therapy, for example, looks to treat a problem with your health by looking at your body and mind together. But you can take a holistic approach to anything. You may boost your earnings by getting a better education. You can make your relationships better by working on making yourself happy, and so on.
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Although the word "holistic" is not in and of itself a "hippie" word, it does keep coming back up in that context. And it has to do with what I want to talk about here, which is your garden. We all spend some time trying to get our gardens right. And I would say that a holistic approach is the best way to do that.

What Is A Holistic Garden?

Sorting out your garden is a process which necessarily creates a lot of by-products. You'll have to remove some things that are in the way, tidy up what is left behind and put new things in. If you take a separate approach, at the end you'll have a lot of by-products. But if you take a holistic approach, you can re-use a lot of what would be left over to clutter up your backyard.

How Does That Work In Practice?

The first part of working on your garden is removing things that are in the way - this can be old ornaments or plants you no longer need. Now, some of the former will need to be disposed of. But for the latter, you are left with organic plant material which can be turned into compost. This can then be used in your garden. Rather than wasting things, you are reusing them.

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Some ornaments, or garden furniture, will be worth upcycling into something new, too. It all depends on how much effort you want to go to.

The More You Use, The Less You Throw Away

As part of fixing your garden, you'll need to mow the lawn. Once you've checked out the likes of Lawn Mower Lane for the right mower, you can get going on this. A useful thing to remember is that mown grass can be used as mulch - beneficial for the soil around any small trees or large plants.

You may even find uses for the containers that you have bought equipment in. Bags from your topsoil can be utilized as a base for a gravel pit. Tubs which contained paint or varnish can become planters once washed out. If you're looking at a shabby chic approach, this can be bang on brand for you.

The advantage of a holistic approach - to anything you can think of - is that it leaves you without as many loose ends to fix up. When you look at it that way, it becomes a really attractive way to live life.

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