Sustainable gardening works with ecosystems to create beautiful, diverse landscapes that thrive without the use of chemicals. These five steps set you on the path to creating and maintaining a sustainable garden.
1. Know your site
- The design of your garden should emerge from your understanding of the unique natural processes at work on your site.
2. Right plant, right place
- Turn problems into assets by choosing plants that are adapted to the conditions of your site.
3. Nurture nature
- Encourage wildlife by imitating natural plant communities with a diversity of plants, water, and shelter.
- Compost is nature’s way of replenishing the soil. Return your organic waste to soil by composting.
5. Learn from your landscape
- Don’t just plant and walk away. Keep ahead of potential problems by monitoring your garden regularly. Accept that change is part of natural systems.
- A diverse and healthy garden will change throughout the year and over time, but will always offer you the satisfaction of a beautiful, sustainable landscape.