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Eco-friendly Tips

By the Environmental Advisory Committee (CCE) of Rawdon


Did you know?

THE DANDELION, A FRIEND WHO WANTS THE BEST FOR YOU

The dandelion is…

  • A melliferous flower!
    The dandelion is a melliferous flower. Its abundant nectar and pollen makes it very attractive to bees.
    Flowers are rare in the spring and the dandelion is the first flower to bloom! It feeds the bees and other melliferous insects who are very hungry after a long winter.
    Why feed bees and other insects? It is thanks to them that pollination takes place. No bees equals no fruits or flowers…
  • A edible flower!
    Every part of the dandelion is edible (root, flower, leaves).
    The leaves can be eaten raw in salads.

Why does it grow on your lawn?
Because your soil is too packed and poorly aerated. By growing, the dandelion helps to aerate and lighten the soil. It is there to help you!


GARDENING TIPS

  • Do you have rhubarb growing at home?
    Did you know that wilted rhubarb leaves are an excellent insect repellent?
    This is great because we never know what to do with the leaves!
  • You can spread your morning coffee grinds in your garden!
    This is a great fertilizer and protects your plants from certain pests.
    Tip: Fill a jar that you keep in the freezer so you can spread it later.
  • Ground eggshells are a good source of calcium for the garden!
    They also repel slugs.
  • In the winter, dead leaves can be used as mulch for your garden, your garlic, etc.
    Make sure to remove them as soon as the snow melts and put them in the compost.

 

Have you ever heard of “companion planting”

This gardening technique consists of pairing certain plants and vegetables so that they help each other thrive: by fertilizing, by repelling certain insects and/or weeds.

For example: coriander + carrot | onion + carrot | cabbage + sage + rosemary | etc. Conversely, there are pairings that should be avoided.

Check out books and websites on permaculture to find out about all the possible companion plants depending on the vegetables and plants that are found in your garden!


THE LAWN

  • Leaving grass clippings on the ground, technique also called “grassycling”, naturally fertilizes the lawn.
  • Mowing your grass helps to protect it from white grubs, from drought and keeps it healthier. This not only reduces the need for watering, but also decreases the amount of work (and the noise that your neighbours are subjected to)!
  • Having a mixed lawn, with clover, wild thyme and wildflowers, helps to attract and protect pollinators. In addition, white clover is a nitrogen fixer, therefore improving the quality of the soil. It also reduces the number of mowings, allowing for more time for barbecues and “5 à 7s”!

MAKING A HOMEMADE RAIN BARREL

Why?

  • Our garden does not need to be watered with drinking water! It can be watered with collected rain water.
  • This allows the garden to be watered with air temperature water, thus reducing the risk of thermal shock to your plants.
  • It reduces our drinking water consumption.  This is a good thing because drinking water is not an infinite resource 🙂

How do you make a low-cost barrel?

You will need:

  • A used 45-gallon barrel (food grade) with a removable lid (can easily be found on Kijiji or Marketplace)
  • A drill with a drill bit the size of your faucet
  • A piece of used screening material
  • A faucet 2 cm in diameter (can be found at the hardware store)
  • 2 locknuts 2 cm in diameter
  • 2 rubber washers

Steps:

  1. Replace the lid with the piece of screening.
  2. Drill a hole at the bottom of the barrel, the same diameter as the faucet.
  3. Screw the valve in, using the locknuts and washers.
  4. Place the barrel under the rain gutter that collects the most water, raising it with the use of bricks.