Sustainable Gardening

A love of gardening goes hand-in-hand with a love for nature. When it comes to nurturing and maintaining your garden we'd love to help you select options that minimise harm on the environment. If you're looking for organic garden supplies, natural pest solutions or advice on anything from composting to companion planting, worm farming to attracting beneficial insects, we're here to help. This page is dedicated to helping you make sustainable garden choices. For personalised advice please visit us instore to speak to our expert staff.

  1. Our top 10 vegetables to plant in spring!

    Our top 10 vegetables to plant in spring!
    If you’ve found yourself standing in front of your veggie garden in the warm spring sunlight desperate to plant something edible, but not sure what, this post is for you. Here are my favourite vegetables to plant in spring – these are the ones I grow every year and enjoy eating. If you start with seedlings, you could be harvesting...
  2. Pond-er this!

    Pond-er this!
    Sick of looking after your unused swimming pool? Become a pool to pond convert and turn your pool into a thriving backyard billabong, full of beautiful water plants and all manner of wildlife.   What are the benefits of turning a pool into a pond? It’ll save you hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars. Aside from the initial setup costs...
  3. Why bees are critical for growing your own

    Why bees are critical for growing your own
    The concern for declining bee populations is driving home gardeners to attract pollinating insects including bees, and become backyard beekeepers. But why are bees so critical that they need our special attention? The bottom line is that bees are vital for pollination of flowers on many food plants. Indeed around 35 percent of global food production is dependent on bees...
  4. Bee-attracting blooms

    Bee-attracting blooms
    The decline of the world's bee population is sobering, not only as it's part of an overall decline of pollinating insects, but because it has the potential to affect our food. Bees are needed to pollinate many edible crops and help produce about a third of our food. They are also needed to pollinate many crops that produce seeds for cultivation...
  5. Fight food waste: How to make a worm farm to create compost

    Fight food waste: How to make a worm farm to create compost
    Harness the power of the humble earth worm and flip your unwanted kitchen and garden waste into nature’s own fertiliser for healthy soil and thriving plants.   Why worm farms are so good for your garden Worms are one of Mother Nature’s greatest inventions. These hardworking recyclers take organic waste and turn it into beautiful, sweet fertiliser, in the form...
  6. Good & bad garden bugs

    Good & bad garden bugs
    Like it or not, there will always be bugs and insects in the garden. Some are good for the garden and some are not. Nobody likes the bad bugs that eat our plants, but if we eliminate them completely we lose the good bugs too. Without bugs there would be no frogs, no lizards, no birds and the garden would...
  7. Water-smart gardening

    Water-smart gardening
    When it’s hot enough to fry an egg on the pavement and bitumen is melting in the street, most garden plants are suffering. They are hanging out for a long wet drink. Most, but not all. There is a group of plants that thrive when it’s hot and dry. These are known as xerophytes and form the basis for a...
  8. Xeriscaping

    Xeriscaping
    If you're a keen gardener but lack time, want to save money (or you’re just plain forgetful) you'll love xeriscaping. We're so confident you'll love it, we've even created a beautiful xeriscaping garden plan to inspire you.   What is xeriscaping? The term xeriscaping was coined by Denver Water, Colorado’s water utility, in 1981. Combining the words "landscape" and "xeros" (Greek for dry...
  9. 4 simple ways to attract native bees

    4 simple ways to attract native bees
    What’s the buzz? Why is attracting bees to your garden important? These valuable little visitors pollinate many of your plants. In fact, over 75% of the world’s flowering plants rely on pollinators like bees to reproduce. Without bees, your garden and the world would look very bare. Bees are the world’s best pollinators because they collect pollen from flowers to...
  10. A guide to mulching

    A guide to mulching
    In recent years, the mulching of garden beds, soil areas and even pot plants has become an important part of garden care and maintenance. Mulch is applied to reduce weed growth, retain soil moisture, keep soil cooler on hot days and, when organic materials are used, to add nutrients to soil for better plant growth. Mulch also helps tie a garden...

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