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.
Open Veggie Garden Day 2017
We're seeking Expression's of Interest from Wellington Shire residents to open up their vegetable gardens for public viewing for the 2017 Open Veggie Garden Day.
Now in its fifth year, the open day provides an opportunity for Wellington Shire community members to visit participating private vegetable gardens that will be open to the public, as well as share vegetable garden inspiration and ideas.
The Shire is looking to attract applications from a diverse range of garden owners, that offer different sizes and character. From the gardening novice through to the garden guru.
The open day is currently planned for mid to late March, with applications for expressions of interest closing on Friday 10 February 2017.
For more information on Open Veggie Garden Day 2017, phone our Sustainability Officer, Raquel Harris on 1300 366 244.
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.