For the past few years now, when talking of beautiful homes and interior design, the conversation has inevitably moved towards having a garden. Gardens are no longer considered a luxury that can only be afforded by people with palatial bungalows. Even a compact studio can have a small green area of its own. A hint of greenery is after all sufficient to liven up the ambiance, purify the air and make you feel good. But according to the latest trends, merely having a garden is not enough; your garden must be eco-friendly and sustainable as well. So, here are the trends to watch out for:

The Organic Movement

Gardening trends have moved from saturating the soil with chemicals and pesticides to rejecting these same chemical compounds. The eco-conscious gardener can today replace chemical fertilizers with organic manure and fertilizer made by the natural breakdown of kitchen wastes. This minimizes damage to the soil without affecting the look of your garden. In fact, you may have flowers that bloom for longer, this way.

The Insect Gardens

While you may not want insects inside your home, they are a blessing to your garden. Worms have been renowned for years for being the best workers to turn garden soil and keep it aerated. If you want to have a sustainable garden, you should also be thinking about designing it in such a way that it attracts insects like butterflies, bees and other flying creatures. These winged insects help pollinate the flowers. They may also feed on smaller insects that could be harmful to your plants.

Grow Your Own

Flowers are not the only things you can grow in a garden. No matter how big or small your space is, you can also include edible plants in your garden. For small apartments, an herb garden may be the best idea, while for large spaces, you can grow your own vegetables. This gives your beautiful garden a functional role and reduces your carbon footprint as you will no longer need to drive to the supermarket every time you need fresh herbs or vegetables. Plus, fresh veggies or spices taste amazing and are good for your health too.

Ditch the Plastic

The tools you use to grow your garden are as important as the plants you grow. Plastic pots may be cheap but these are very bad for the environment. Instead, go back to basics with mud pots or ceramic pots. If costs are an issue, empty containers are a great solution. Did you know that even leftover precast materials from the construction of your house can be used as planters?

Turn to the Sun

In India, the day is often too hot to sit outside and enjoy a garden. Most people find themselves in the garden only after the sun has set. Thus, the garden needs to be well-lit. Most of the electricity used in our homes is generated by burning fossil fuels. Thus, lighting up your garden may add to your carbon footprint. An easy way to reduce this dependence on the main power supply is by installing solar-powered lamps. Solar power can also be used to run water pumps for outdoor water features.

Go Vertical

Vertical gardens are the need of the hour. This type of gardening requires very little square footage but has all the benefits of a traditional garden- it purifies the air, makes the area look fresh, can help mask bad odors and much more. Vertical gardens can be started anywhere. AAC Wall Panels by Magicrete can be a good base for such gardens. These panels can take the weight of a trellis for creepers as well as small hanging pots. Furthermore, these blocks do not have any organic material inside them and hence are highly resistant to mold and insects.

Mobile Gardens

Plants cannot move by themselves but typically need to be placed in different spots from time to time, depending on the amount of sun they get. With this in mind, urban gardeners are increasingly turning to container gardening. Planting a garden in pots makes it easy to move them from place to place. They can even be taken indoors during peak summers and winters. These containers can be made from a number of different materials including precast AAC blocks. Magicrete’s AAC blocks are lightweight and easy to convert into containers for a garden.

Sustainability is something that needs to be factored into every aspect of building and decorating a home. It is for this reason that Magicrete spent years of research and development creating precast building materials. Designed to be used for construction, these materials make building a home a more eco-friendly project. Any material that is left over is not waste but can be easily used in your garden. Thus, your garden too can be greener.