How to create an eco-friendly garden using recycled plastic wood planters
With the realisation of plastic filling our oceans in recent years, we now more than ever need to be conscious about what we fill our houses and gardens with.
For years, items such as furniture, decking, sheds, doors, and fencing have been predominantly made out of timber and have been frequenting gardens and outside spaces since. Timber has always been the go-to choice; however, with rising costs associated with the material, continual maintenance, and eventual rot, it’s not the most ideal. Making the move to an alternative material is not only better sustainably for the environment as it is sourced from already made plastics with new life injected into it, but it is also better on your wallet. Recycled plastic wood is an alternative that lasts forever, needs almost no maintenance at all, is safe (no more pesky splinters), rot-free and is the eco-friendly choice.
How to get your garden blooming using recycled plastic wood planters
Whether you use your garden as a source of nutrition to grow your own produce or as a place of tranquillity after a long day, there’s no doubt it needs to look inviting.
The simplest, and quickest way to get your garden looking beautiful is with a bit of colour. There are so many different types of plants to bring into your outside space, so depending on your budget, your tastes, or the style of your garden, there’s a planter design for you.
For shaded areas
If you are lucky enough to live in a property with a south-facing garden which catches the sun all day through, then you won’t want to be planting up plants that need an excess of shade. However, there are plenty of balcony gardens, terraces, front gardens and borders that, despite best efforts of design, just won’t naturally catch the sun.
As a foliage plant hosta’s can grown on moisture soil. Mulching also helps hostas to reach their potential by adding rotted matter to the soil to increase its moisture levels.
For sunny patches
However big or small your garden, there’ll be a patch that catches the sun at some time of the day, so the best that you can do is take advantage with a sun-loving flower.
Petunias are versatile, pretty plants. They flower in a whole host of colours, and will be found in some of the loveliest arrangements. They are easy to maintain needing only daily water and de-heading at the end of its life, with re-flowering occurring all throughout the season.
Geranium’s flower from early summer all the way to early autumn, flowering in a range of colours, with little maintenance. As long as these are planted in a container with moist soil and benefit from sunlight throughout the day, they will bloom!
Fuchsia’s can be trained to grow into a bush from early planting (this is what will make the statement singular piece in a planter). As soon as there are three sets of leaves on it, the growing tip should be cut to stop the growth in order to stimulate between two and four side shoots, and then stop the shoots once two sets have grown to coax the bush. Repeat this process until the desired outcome is reached.
Not only is it important to be conscious about the types of materials we use in the garden, it’s also prudent to reduce plastic usage in the kitchen too. Purchasing and planting herbs within your garden will significantly reduce fresh single-use herb usage which often comes packaged in an abundance of plastic. Herbs are really easy to pot, manage and maintain, and make for wonderful fresh dishes straight from your garden.
Typical herbs which you can include in your outdoor kitchen are:
- Lemon balm
Want to create your own alluring garden? Head over to Eco Plastic Wood to view their range of bespoke recycled plastic wood products for use in your own garden. All products are manufactured and dispatched from their single factory in Leicestershire, reducing the carbon footprint in the supply chain. All products are made from LDPE, HDPE, PP, Styrene, and PVC waste plastics which are made into luxurious outdoor furniture which is all fully recyclable.