Eating locally and seasonably is a great way be eco-friendly. Having your own garden is a great first step.

5 tips and tricks to turn you into a green gardener:

1. A typical garden hose and nozzle are the least efficient means of watering plants because so much water is lost in the mist, runoff, and evaporation. Try using a soaker hose or a sprinkler wand.

2. Use leftover tea and coffee grounds to help acidify your soil for acid-loving plants such as rhododendrons, gardenias, azaleas, and even blueberries. Just sprinkle a quarter of an inch once a month to keep the pH of the soil on the acidic side.

3. For budget-friendly gardening, try planting foods that will regrow from scraps such as scallions, garlic, fennel, cabbage, ginger, romaine lettuce, sweet potatoes, lemongrass, and pineapple!

4. Next time you boil or steam vegetables, save the water and use it to water potted plants (just make sure you let it cool first!).

5. DIY Natural Fertilizer: Fill a small bucket with ¼ cup homemade compost and then fill to the top of the bucket with water. Let the mixture sit for the 3 days, then strain through a cheesecloth into another bucket. Dilute the liquid with water (aim for a 10-to-1 water-to-liquid ratio) before spraying.

Want more? Here are five additional gardening tips to help your green thumb thrive.