10. Say No to Plastic! – Essential in 2021 for Low Maintenance Garden Ideas
Every OG gardener usually has a stack full of un-recyclable plastic pots in a myriad of colors hidden somewhere, and this just is not okay anymore. In 2021, we’re gladly seeing a rise in the use of sustainable materials like coconut and peat fibre pots, bamboo seed trays, and wooden plant boxes. If you have space, plant directly on the ground!
While most garden centers or plant nurseries will probably hand you your new plant in a plastic pot- opt to ask for the alternative, have the plant taken out of its pot, and wrap it in recycled or newspaper.
If you are new to gardening and need a few tips, check out our beginner gardening tips here
9. Grow Your Own Vegetables!
Since keeping safe and staying home is the new norm, why not take this time to learn to grow your vegetables at home? You will also get the added bonus of never having to worry about pesticides and other not so great stuff clinging to your produce. This puts growing your own vegetables on the top of low maintenance garden ideas for 2021.
It will surprise you to know that most of the vegetables we consume daily will actually thrive whether you have a full garden, some balcony space, or a raised vegetable bed. (Historically, most of our treasured recipes were made from what could be grown at home)
It does kind of seem daunting at first, but thankfully- growing your own food is not rocket science. Things like lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, and other greens are quite forgiving. To start, here are a few tips
- Start small and grow things you would be using frequently.
- Vegetables like sunlight! So choose a spot with at least 6 hours of light.
- Community is key! Speak to your local farmers and other backyard gardeners to know what grows best in your area and when.
8. Multi-Function Gardens
Just like every room in the house has an alternate function (or 5), gardens can be multi-purpose too! Cultivate your outdoor space to be a space for both relaxation, fitness, and work- there really is no limit to what can be done!
Isabelle Palmer, author of the book The Balcony Gardener says “ With us now using our homes as extension offices- the outdoor space now becomes essential. We can use that space to connect with nature and safely entertain our friends and family”
For a little extra time in nature and under the sun, investing the little time and money to being able to work in your garden is well worth it!