Do you want a more sustainable and eco-friendly garden? I’m happy to discuss more sustainable options for your garden.
You may wish to consider:
Choosing the right plants for your garden, including natives
Choose plants that will grow in Christchurch – it can cost a lot if you plant species that do not thrive in the Christchurch soil and climate. Consider what water you have available for irrigation and, if you are choosing thirsty plants, group them together so irrigating can be more efficient. Even better, choose plants that can cope with our hot, dry spells. Consider planting NZ natives – there are amazing varieties available and they will provide habitat for native insects and birds.
Reducing water use
Design and install an efficient irrigation system to reduce the amount of water used. A well designed system will avoid wasting water on paths, driveways etc and ensure that water goes to the plants that need it. Using a timer system will help to maximise efficiency – for example plants can be irrigated in the evening when there is less evaporation.
Think about where your wood is coming from
Some timber you can buy in NZ comes from unsustainable logging of tropical rain forests. Think about using timber that has FSC certification. Visit the Forest Stewardship Council for more information www.fsc.org.
Reusing existing materials
You don’t have to use new materials. For example, do you have old bricks or pavers that could be incorporated into your new garden? You can buy recycled materials if you don’t already have a source.
Low toxicity materials
You may like to think about any products that will be used in your garden such as paint or stain for timber. There are products available that are endorsed by the ‘Environmental Choice’ labelling scheme – a government backed initiative. For more information visit www.enviro-choice.org.nz
Locally sourced materials
It’s a bit like food miles – if the materials for your new garden are made locally there are less transport costs to the environment and it’s great for local employment.
Locally grown and sourced plants
Support your local nurseries and know that you are getting plants that are suited to Christchurch growing conditions.
Advice about growing fruit/veges/salads and about organic growing
I can help you find the information you’ll need to be successful at growing your own produce – you don’t need much space. Even a small area or a container garden can produce lots of fresh herbs and salads.
For more information on sustainable living in general, visit www.sustainableliving.org.nz and click on the link to actions – there is information on sustainable gardening and organic growing.