What we do in the garden has many impacts on our natural environment. In thinking about design it is important to consider if it fosters biodiversity, if maintaining it will use more water than our rather arid continent can support, if it avoids contributing to the spread of invasive plants, if it will need pesticides or herbicides which will enter stormwater and pollute waterways. Here are some tips to get your garden on the sustainability track right from the beginning.

When establishing or renewing gardens, the first thing to do is to develop a concept of the layout and what you want from the garden. Do you really want or need an expanse of lawn with beds for shrubs just around the edges? What are the features of gardens that contribute to sustainability? There’s lots to consider – low environmental impact materials, water conservation, provision of habitat for wildlife, energy efficiency to name just a few.

The Time is Now for Street Gardening

As our cities are densified, street gardening on nature strips and verges can make important contributions to biodiversity, beauty, increasing carbon…

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Sustainable Gardening Champion Kat Lavers

Sustainable Gardening Champion Kat Lavers, has made major achievements as an advocate for sustainable food systems.  She is a member of SGA's Green…

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Heritage Veggies

What are heirloom and heritage plants? Alright, I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a history ignoramus (my pub trivia team will testify to that). In fact,…

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Catching and Storing Water with Contour Banks

Catching and storing water with contour banks is an important aspect of creating a garden which contributes to a sustainable planet. Author Jane…

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Garden Trends in 2021

Garden trends in 2021 are rather different from in 2020 since, although growing food is still prominent, there is an increased focus on raised garden…

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Is Coir Soil?

Use of coir for gardening has become more popular.  It is used in a variety of ways, but from the labels on some coir products it looks like they can…

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Insect Hotels

Supporting Biodiversity?  or just Garden Art? Ever wondered where all those bugs go in the winter or when it rains? They don’t pack their bags and…

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We Love Tools – Video

    The behind-the-scenes tour of where it all happens – the toolshed. Get to know the colourful characters who make your garden dream a…

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Butterflies

It was Dolly Parton who once said that "love is like a butterfly" and I have to agree... well, kind of! There is nothing I enjoy more than sitting…

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Celebrate World Bee Day 2021

20th May is World Bee Day. How will you be celebrating these really significant insects? The main purpose of World Bee Day is to spread awareness of…

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Plastic in the Garden

How do we reduce use of plastic in the garden even though it is so useful?   Unfortunately, it is polluting and causes much environmental damage.…

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Using Phosphorus Sustainably in Gardens

It is widely known that root vegetables need phosphorus to grow well, but is it so widely known that phosphorus supplies may be dwindling and that…

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What Gardeners Can Do About Climate Change

Are you wondering what gardeners can do about climate change? Gardening and agriculture produce several greenhouse gasses apart from carbon dioxide –…

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Beat the Heat – with a DIY Sunshade

Many parts of Australia get scorchingly hot over summer. As I write this, it is 36C outside and our garden is shimmering in the late afternoon heat.…

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Wicking Beds

Wicking beds are one of the gardening innovations which have become mainstream. You know, I’ve been doing this horticulture thing for a while, and…

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