Responsible gardening

By adopting responsible gardening techniques, you play a crucial role in protecting yourself, your community, and the environment.

Here we take a look at how you can make a positive impact through your garden.

Plant species matching

Choosing the right plants for your garden is essential for their long-term health and vitality. Consider factors such as sunlight exposure, soil type, and water requirements when selecting plant species. By matching plants to their preferred conditions, you reduce stress and create an environment where they can thrive naturally. Also, bear in mind that native plants and varieties adapted to your region require less maintenance, are more resistant to pests and diseases, and conserve water more efficiently.

Maintaining a balanced garden

Regular pest control is crucial for preventing the spread of diseases and maintaining optimal plant health. While some pests and diseases are not immediately visible, it is good practice for you to keep an eye on your plants and tackle any potential threats as soon as you spot them. If you are unsure what sort of pest you are dealing with, you can check on the EPPO database for information on over 1 800 pest species.

Let only inspected plants in

If you buy plants online from outside the EU, make sure to ask for a plant health certificate (i.e. a phytosanitary certificate). Also, when swapping plants and seeds with other plant lovers, ask them where they came from. If they have come from outside the EU, ask if the plants came with a certificate. When buying in a shop or garden centre in the EU, you’ll see that many plants have a plant passport instead. These documents certify that the plants are free from pests and diseases. Don’t open your door to unwelcome guests!

Other tips to keep in mind

  • Water responsibly: Optimise water usage through efficient irrigation methods like drip irrigation or rainwater harvesting.
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): An IPM approach enables growers to manage pests effectively, reducing reliance on harmful pesticides and promoting a balanced ecosystem.
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle: Optimise water usage through efficient irrigation methods like drip irrigation or rainwater harvesting.
  • Stay informed: about the latest gardening techniques, plant health issues, and sustainable practices.