Zero waste garden cultivation under cover is a method enabling you to generate the least amount of waste. This idea, as well as being a responsible behaviour, limits damage that mankind does to nature. Achieving such a result should be a goal for every grower, especially regarding hobby gardening. In this Krosagro article, we will turn our attention to activities worth implementing to generate less waste.
Zero waste garden cultivation in a polytunnel
One of the main challenges associated with zero waste is that most products purchased by customers are sold in unsuitable packaging. In that case, the best solution will be to reduce the number of goods bought, while carefully taking care of those already in your possession. A broken handle from a hoe or shovel does not require the supply of an expensive new tool. When noticing any damage, it is worth fixing it to slow down further degradation resulting from intensive use. Concerning other equipments, try if possible to build them yourself (gardening box, composter, etc.).
Zero waste pots
When cultivating under cover, seedling preparation, plant propagation, large number of containers and pots are being prepared. Usually, at the end of the season, they are thrown in the bin. Plastic containers are a real nightmare of modern times. They do not last long, their price is low, but the damage on the environment is noticeable for decades. Containers should be used for as long as possible. You can also give them up and grow plants directly in the ground or in ecological containers. Biodegradable ones are made of paper, coconut fiber or other shell material.
Plants for zero waste
New varieties and species could be obtained from friendly gardeners, with seedlings prepared in a mini polytunnel. However, if buying seedlings is necessary, choose the ones with exposed roots. Excess yield is worth preserving, freezing, processing, to keep it safe for consumption on the long term. If this is impossible, it is worth using this waste for the production of compost.
Zero waste tunnel
Longer growing seasons, fewer restrictions related to weather conditions, protection against cold, and the possibility of adjusting the microclimate make polytunnels an excellent support for zero waste. Although the cover is not made of a biodegradable material, it is possible to extend its service life. When buying, it is recommended to opt for a solid membrane that will last as many seasons as possible. Equip yourself with repair tape if necessary. If the foil is worn out, it can be cut, and smaller elements can be used as shades for plants, for crates or mini garden tunnels.