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South Central Gardening: Five Tips for a More Sustainable Garden

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Trying to save money and time? These tips by Lowe's gardening contributor Dee Nash will help your garden move toward a more sustainable future.

Recycling sign at Lowe's
drip irrigation in the yard

Your grandmother or great-grandmother survived the Great Depression by making sustainability an art form, but she just called it being frugal. Here are my five best tips for garden sustainability.

Tip 1: Recycle plant pots and trays at your local Lowe's. Mine has a station within the greenhouse where you can take your empties and help keep plastic out of landfills.

Tip 2: Collect vegetable scraps for your compost pile. You can buy great compost containers, or you can use old coffee containers like we do. Just make sure yours has a lid like the one on Lowe's Garden Plus 1.4-Gallon Kitchen Compost Pail (Item# 131650) to prevent fruit gnats.

turnip in the ground

Tip 3: Save eggshells and empty egg cartons for starting tomato, pepper, and eggplant seeds. Stack one shell inside the other. Store them in an empty carton. Add potting soil, seeds and water for a cool DIY project. When transplanting, crush the bottom of the shell so tender roots can poke through to garden soil beneath.

Tip 4: Conserve water by using a drip irrigation system, which supplies water directly to your plants, eliminating waste and cutting down on evaporation.

Tip 5: Plant a vegetable garden. For the cost of a few packets of seed, you can feed your entire family and eat unique vegetables you can't find at your local grocery store.

By using these tips, you're on your way to having a more sustainable garden.