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Yarnton Home & Garden: Setting Intentions

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As we enter into the new year many of us are thinking about what changes we want to make in the year ahead; not just in our own lives but for the health of the planet and each other. We feel that perhaps setting intentions is maybe a little less intimidating than setting resolutions. We can set lofty goals that we may never meet and then feel disappointed at the end of the year when they have not quite materialised.

Our thoughts naturally turn to the garden and what small changes we could make to become a more aware and eco-friendlier gardener: our gardens hold all the promise for the year ahead. Some may even be seeing the first signs of Spring. What’s more it has been proven that spending time in our gardens and out in nature can increase our good mood and health. So we feel this is perhaps a good place to start.

 One of our intentions is to raise awareness and generate some ideas around how we can become more sustainable in the garden. Sustainable gardening not only encourages wildlife into the garden but also frees us up a little to enjoy a bit of the wild ourselves. In a world where rest is a rare word, we would encourage you to use your outdoor space (however big or small) as a place to reboot and rewild. Here are our top tips for creating a sustainable and rewarding space.

  • Composting: Let’s start with the basics, good soil condition leads to healthy and happier plants. Home composting is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and put nutrients into the soil. We are on hand to give you advice to get you started.
  • Conserve Water: Fresh water is a precious resource, and one we should not take for granted. Rainwater can easily be captured in a water butt and then used to water plants throughout the season.
  • Create a Wild Area: Allow an area of your garden get a little wild. Create space to leave leaf and log piles for insects and wildlife, plant native wildflowers and let the weeds roam a little.
  • Avoid harmful pesticides: Seek out organic natural alternatives. Come instore for advice.
  • Grow your own: This is possible whatever your garden size, if you only have a window box, herbs could be a great bet. Those lucky enough to have bigger gardens can build a veg box and get growing. If you have never grown vegetables or fruit before choose one or two crops to start you off, like beans and tomatoes. Not only will you save on air miles and supermarket packaging but you will feel immense satisfaction when tucking into organic food grown by you.

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