Steps Towards A Sustainable Garden - Ararat Greenhouse Action Group

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Steps Towards A Sustainable Garden - Ararat Greenhouse Action Group

Steps Towards A Sustainable Garden - Ararat Greenhouse Action Group

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  • 1. Steps towards a Sustainable Garden  Compost  Mulch  Use water wisely  Use recycled and waste materials  Don’t remove green waste off site, even weeds – you are robbing your garden of nutrient – compost or mulch it, turn weeds into liquid feed or solarise them in a black plastic bag  Grow plants suited to the local environment – local indigenous plants, local vegetable seed  Reuse – pots, larger prunings for plant supports  Grow plants for pollinators and beneficial insects  Don’t use pesticides  Avoid unsustainable products (such as those using peat moss, coir peat is ok)  Avoid petrol driven garden tools such as blower vacs and consider a hand push mower  Make the garden insect, bird, plant and mammal friendly  Use natural weedicides - such as 1 cup salt in a litre of vinegar  Build a nutrient rich soil that will produce strong and healthy plants in your vegetable or fruit garden  Be mindful that many ‘water wise’ plants have weed potential. We already have too many garden escapees in our local bushland  Minimise soil disturbance – it upsets the ecology and beckons weedsSome useful websites:  Sustainable Gardening Australia www.sgaonline.org.au  Permaculture – www.permaculture.org.au  Gardening Australia – www.abc.net.au/gardening  Organic gardening – www.thevegetablepatch.com  Very edible gardens – www.veryediblegardens.com