Thousands of people dream of their own little green haven. Though many who live in urban centers will have to settle for a square patch of grassy yard in their garden or a windowsill full of succulents, some people are able to tend a full-scale garden.
Still, even those with the space to cultivate their own unique garden might need a few pointers. Aside from knowing which plants to grow and where to put them, there are other considerations about optimizing a garden for storage or even a guest room. But if you want to make your garden an eco-friendly and luxurious haven, then you’ll need to go a few steps further.
Elevate Your Storage
Today, many people revitalizing their gardens opt to build a log cabin. Websites like Quick-Garden.co.uk make it easy to shop around for log cabins of all different sizes and purposes. For those looking to spend as much time in their garden as possible, consider a log cabin to use for storage or simply to spend time.
Log cabins provide the perfect shelter for all gardening tools and equipment, whether electronic augers, mini tractors, or just an old-school spade. However, by opting for a larger log cabin, you can even transform your garden into a next-level guest room.
In fact, many log cabins offer a multifunctional approach to outdoor space. Given the availability of different cabins and sizes, some might be used permanently or seasonally as guest houses. Others might instead function as an office space, an exercise room, or an area for hands-on hobbies like woodworking.
Work With Nature
Aside from opting for a log cabin that provides a little more functionality to your garden, those who want to combine luxury with eco-friendly practices can work with nature to grow native flora. Those with a green thumb can spearhead their own projects with a focus on indigenous plants.
Those who aren’t familiar with their local ecology can call on a local expert. In fact, dozens of gardening services have popped up around England. They simplify the process of creating a garden that cultivates plants that are indigenous to the area. By doing this, they also help support local wildlife, from bees to badgers.
Experts might suggest that you grow certain trees, plants, and shrubs in certain spaces. Not only is this one way to make sure your garden is eco-friendly, but it’s also an ideal way to welcome local fauna, as well.
Optimize Water Usage
Some of the most advanced gardens today aren’t just about highlighting a log cabin and local wildlife. Instead, they’re also functional in that they grow food. Depending on the local climate and your goals with growing your own food, you can plant a small garden and protect it with mesh, build a simple greenhouse, or even opt for a larger-scale hydroponics project.
Areas that receive large amounts of rainfall might also opt to collect rainwater for their own hydroponics system. A hydroponic system allows someone to grow food without using soil—all they rely on is a specialized water system. Gardeners with limited space or without access to tenable soil might opt for a hydroponics system, as they can be built vertically.
For those who already have experience growing their own crops with hydroponics, consider aquaponics. Aquaponics builds on hydroponics by adding a third element aside from water and crops: fish. Working in tandem, fish, crops, and water purify each microclimate symbiotically.
In other words, the fish eat byproducts of the crops and produce ammonia. Bacteria then convert this ammonia into complex nutrients. In turn, plants absorb these nutrients as fertilizer, then create more byproducts for the fish to eat. A single water filtration system holds the balance—and can even turn your garden into a farm-to-fork, eco-friendly stopover.