Gardening for Biodiversity

A sustainable garden is one that recycles organic waste, saves water and provides nutritious food or habitat for native wildlife.

Plants native to WA are ideal as they need less water, attract native wildlife and look great. You can even grow your own fruit and vegetables to reduce food miles, save money and create a real sense of self sufficiency.

How to get started!

1. Start recycling your organic waste by setting up a compost bin, worm farm or using a bokashi bucket.

2. Choose what you'd like to plant and pick a suitable site. For example, fruit, veggies and herbs like sunny sites sheltered from the wind and away from trees. You can find out what site to choose for native plants at the SERCUL Fertilise Wise website. You can plant into the garden, in raised garden beds or in containers.

3. Prepare the soil by adding wetting agents, slow release fertiliser/compost and at least a 10cm layer of mulch such as pea straw, lucerne hay or shredded lupins. Using home made compost and worm castings are ideal.

4. Plant your garden with organic seeds or seedlings, following local planting guides.

Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre run great workshops to help you get started with waterwise gardening, wormfarming etc.