We all know we should be doing more to help the planet, and in recent years we as humankind have taken large steps to rectify our mistakes from the past. Recycling is now a normal part of everyday, life thanks to councils giving out recycling bins and running regular collections. Single use plastic items like straws and cotton buds are starting to be replaced with sustainable options, and more and more people are opting for energy saving alternatives on their home like solar power and eco friendly windows. However, there’s something that’s becoming more and more of a struggle as our population grows, and that’s the fact that we’re stealing natures homes. Birds, insects, amphibians and other creatures have less space to mate, find food and hibernate which can drastically affect the delicate ecosystem. But one thing we can all do is help nature with our gardens, and best of all, it doesn’t require a huge backyard. A tiny urban garden or balcony can give you enough space to invite nature and give it a helping hand. Here are some ideas for going about it.
Hang bird feeders
Bird feeders are an easy way to invite nature to your outside space, birds actually rely on human feeding during certain times in the year when their natural food sources are scarce. You can buy balls of fat, bags of nuts, dried mealworms and much more which can be put out for the birds. It’s fascinating to sit and watch them, and it gives them the calories they need especially over the winter time.
You don’t need to have flower beds and borders to enjoy colourful blooms outdoors, simply purchase some pots and put flowers in these instead. Perfect for livening up a balcony or small concrete urban garden. You’ll attract pollinators like bees and butterflies which is great news for the environment. You don’t need to be very green fingered, buy some cheap flowers from any supermarket or garden centre and some compost and pop it into a pot. If the weather is particularly dry give them a water, otherwise they should be pretty self sufficient and require little maintenance.
Be careful with pesticides
Speaking of insects, not all bugs that visit your outdoor space are good. Pests are species that can damage your plants, property or even spread disease. But before you run out and buy harsh chemicals, consider your options. Organic pest control is very good these days, or you could even think about biological control. For example, to keep aphid numbers down you’d plant things that attract ladybirds. That way nature takes care of it with no more intervention needed by you.
Consider a pond
If you have space in the garden, a pond or any source of water such as a bird bath can be really useful for wildlife. These things make a great feature, and are useful for animals and insects needing respite. A small pond could work even in a small garden and makes a fun DIY project.