Sustainable gardening is about choosing, what to grow and how to grow it in a way that saves resources and reduces our impact on the natural environment. Sustainable gardens should fulfil your needs and desires while also providing a positive benefit to our environment. They can be introduced gradually or designed from scratch.
Sustainable Gardening Guide
The Sustainable Gardening Guide (4MB) was produced by Wellington and East Gippsland Shire Councils and provides local information and practical how to’s for sustainable gardening. It helps you with:
- Making your home more comfortable to live in
- Designing a themed garden
- Creating a wildlife garden
- Growing vegetables
- Avoiding environmental weeds
- Saving water
You may pick up a copy at our Sale Service Centre or Yarram Service Centre. The Sustainable Gardening Australia website can also provide more general information.
Worm Farms and Compost
We can recycle food waste from the kitchen and green waste from the garden into compost for the garden. There are many ways to make compost to suit all situations from a worm farm on a balcony to a three-bin compost system on a large block. Chickens are another way of converting kitchen scraps into manure for the garden, with the bonus of fresh eggs and pest control.
Compost is rich in nutrients and humus which keeps soil healthy, retains moisture and feeds plants. Composting at home keeps food and green waste out of our landfills where it breaks down to produce methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide which adds to human induced climate change.
Growing your own veggies at home or a community garden is a rewarding experience. Not only do you produce fresh and tasty food for your family, you get to enjoy the health benefits of gardening and recycle your kitchen and green waste into valuable compost to feed your garden. Growing veggies can suit any lifestyle from potted herbs on your windowsill to creating your own self-sufficient haven, and anywhere in between.
Getting started is easy...
- Chat with a friend or neighbour who has a veggie garden
- Visit your local Neighbourhood House or community garden
- Search for information on the ABC Organic Gardener website
- Borrow books and magazines from your Local Library
- Seek advice from your local plant nursery
- Check out open gardens to see how others do it
Our Education Program page provides advice to kindergartens, schools and community groups on setting up veggie gardens.