10 Green Resolutions for a Sustainable New Year

As we usher in the New Year, it's the perfect time to reflect on our aspirations and set resolutions that bring about positive change. This year, consider making a difference not only in your life but also for the planet by incorporating sustainable gardening into your resolutions. Take a step further and consider a meaningful donation to Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA), and strike off all the 10 most common New Year's resolutions in one deft swoop!

One Garden, Ten Triumphs: Beat All Top 10 Resolutions with SGA

  1. Exercise More: Forget the treadmill; grab a shovel! SGA is your personal trainer for a workout that benefits both you and your garden. Dig, plant, and weed your way to a healthier body and a flourishing garden.
  2. Lose Weight: Say goodbye to fad diets and hello to your garden's buffet! With SGA's sustainable gardening tips, you'll be bending, stretching, and shedding pounds while growing your own veggies.
  3. Get Organised: Tired of chaos? Let us help you organise your garden with tidy beds of veggies and a well-planned garden calendar. Achieve inner peace and an organised plot with our monthly newsletters.
  4. Learn a New Skill or Hobby: Move over, master chef! Join our gardening classes to become a soil sorcerer, seed ninja, and compost connoisseur. From pruning to pollinating, we've got the classes to turn you into a gardening wizard!
  5. Live Life to the Fullest: Reconnect with the present through the beauty of your garden. Let the rustling leaves and vibrant blossoms be your guide to living life to the fullest!
  6. Save More Money/Spend Less Money: Watch your savings grow along with your veggies! We've done the research to help you put fewer resources into your garden and get more out of it, from seed saving to natural pest management.
  7. Quit Smoking: Swap smoke breaks for garden breaks! Gardening is a breath of fresh air, especially with SGA's scientifically-backed know-how and WiseGardening database. Make your garden a chemical-free oasis and breathe easier.
  8. Spend More Time with Family and Friends: Get the whole family involved in sustainable gardening. From kids digging to grandparents pruning, make lasting memories in a safe and wondrous garden space.
  9. Travel More: Who needs a vacation when you have a garden paradise? Let us guide you in making your garden the ultimate destination. Nature bathing - no traveling required.
  10. Read More: From garden guides to evidence-based articles, we've got the reading material to keep you flicking and tending to your garden under the shade of your favorite tree.

This New Year, let your resolutions bloom with Sustainable Gardening Australia. Join us in creating a sustainable and thriving future for both you and the planet. Make 2024 the year you grow and give back! And if you're not sure how much to donate, have a look at our guide to making a New Year's donation.

Every donation is gratefully received, and each one contributes to funding our efforts in building a well-informed community of sustainable gardeners, catalysing positive change through environmentally conscious gardening practices. All donations are tax deductible.

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Donate now to grow our cause in 2024 and beyond.

Rooted Resolutions: Our Guide to Making a New Year's Donation

Rolling into the New Year like a gardener stepping on a rake? Fear not! SGA is your trusty gardening companion, armed with the knowledge and inspiration to keep your resolutions on track. Whether you're the January Hurdler stumbling at the start or the Resolution Eco-Champion aiming for the stars, SGA provides the expert guidance to nurture your green ambitions. We're not just about blooms; we're about helping your sustainable resolutions take root and thrive.

From January Hurdler to Blooming Benefactor, transform your New Year's resolutions into sustainable triumphs with SGA!


SGA's Guide to Making a New Year's Resolution Donation

Let's dig in, laugh a little, and make those resolutions blossom: Welcome to our guide to making a donation that complements your New Year's resolution personality*.

*We encourage you to make a lasting New Year's resolution.

January Hurdler: $25

For the resolution enthusiast who's ready to start the year with a meaningful step, but is likely to trip at the first gardening hurdle. Dive in, and let us guide your sustainable journey, and let's see if we can get you past your expectations!

February Flourisher: $50

You've got the stamina to last a month! Consider this your sustainable gym membership. SGA is dedicated to ensuring that your donation has a lasting and flourishing impact. 

Springtime Striver: $100

Blooming into spring with steadfast resolve! You're the Springtime Striver, pushing those resolutions into the warmer months. SGA is your gardening companion, providing the knowledge and inspiration to make your resolutions take root and bloom. Spread the word!

Summer Sustainability Sage: $250

Harvesting sustainable habits like ripe tomatoes! As a Summer Sustainability Sage, your resolution withstands the heat. Your generous donation ensures a bounty of positive change.

Blooming Benefactor: $500

Your commitment to sustainable resolutions is like a garden in full bloom—vibrant, flourishing, and making a lasting impact. You're a driving force for a sustainable future! 

Resolution Eco-Champion: Sky's the Limit!

You're the eco-champion of resolutions! Your commitment is the perennial of the garden, thriving year after year. Your philanthropy establishes the roots and nourishes the soil for a flourishing and sustainable future.


Every donation is gratefully received, and each one contributes to funding our efforts in building a well-informed community of sustainable gardeners, catalysing positive change through environmentally conscious gardening practices. All donations are tax deductible.

Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

wilted squash plant

Thriving in the Heat: Managing Plant Heat Stress

As the mercury rises, your garden confronts the challenge of heat stress. Understanding how various plants respond to heat and employing appropriate strategies to shield them from excessive temperatures are essential for ensuring their well-being. Heat stress often leads to wilting, particularly in leafy greens like lettuce and spinach. To counter this, provide shade during the hottest parts of the day and ensure consistent watering. For fruits like tomatoes, excessive heat can affect fruit setting, so consider mulching to regulate soil temperature. Embrace heat-tolerant varieties, and prep your garden by adding organic matter to the soil to improve water retention.

wilted squash plant
Wilted squash plant

Signs of heat stress include:

  • Leaf Curling: Look for wilting or curling leaves, especially on the edges, which is a common indicator of heat stress.
  • Discoloration: Changes in leaf colour, such as browning or yellowing, may signal that the plants are struggling with excessive heat.
  • Stunted Growth: If your plants are not reaching their expected height or appear smaller than usual, it could be a response to heat stress.

Mitigating Heat Stress:

  • Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch around plants to retain soil moisture, regulate temperature, and suppress weeds.
  • Proper Watering: Water deeply and consistently, preferably in the early morning or late evening, to minimise water loss and support plant hydration. Introducing wicking beds can be instrumental in maintaining a readily available water supply.
  • Shade Structures: Install shade cloth or create natural shading with taller plants to protect vulnerable crops from direct sunlight during peak hours.
  • Soil Moisture Management: Use soil moisture meters to monitor moisture levels and avoid overwatering or underwatering.
  • Incorporating perennials:  Consider incorporating perennials into your summer garden for a resilient and thriving landscape. Unlike annuals, perennials boast more established root systems, offering increased resilience during the heat. These well-rooted plants can better withstand water stress, making them ideal for maintaining garden vibrancy through the hottest months.

By recognising the signs of heat stress and implementing effective solutions like mulching and shade provision, you can keep your summer garden looking lush. Experiment with diverse heat-resistant crops, such as capsicum, sweet potatoes, okra, and zucchini, to create a productive garden that withstands the challenges of summer.