Many people are beginning to discover the joys of edible organic gardening, and it is a lot easier than most people think! Here are some great resources to get you started.

 

Organic Gardening

A basic definition of organic gardening is gardening without synthetic fertilisers and pesticides.  But organic gardening is much more than simply replacing manmade chemicals with those derived from natural sources.

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Crop rotation

Crop rotation moves different types of vegetable through the same garden bed over time.  There are many advantages to this type of planting including avoiding plant disease and maintaining plant health by reducing nutrient loss. 

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A beginers guide to worm farming

Did you know a worm can eat its own weight in food every day? Worm farming is a great way to reduce your household food waste.  As long as you have a sheltered balcony or garden, it's easy to do and creates nutritious plant food for your garden.

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Composting

Composting is a simple way to turn your kitchen and garden waste into a nutrient-rich humus which fuels plant growth and restores vitality to depleted soil.  It's also free, easy to make and good for the environment.  This resource covers why you should compost, how to use compost and how to make one. 

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Attracting bees to the garden

Gardeners can choose a wide variety of plants to attract and support bees. Some plants provide valuable supplies of nectar and pollen for the bees whilst others assist the bees with their nest building.

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Permaculture

Permaculture is a system design for sustainable human habitat - an approach to ecologically sustainable development which can be used by individuals, communities, business and government.  It seeks to improve quality of life while improving the social, urban and natural environments. 

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Companion planting chart

Companion planting in gardening and agriculture is the planting of different crops in proximity for pet control, pollination, providing habitat for beneficial creatures, maximising use of space and to otherwise increase crop productivity.

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managing garden pests with integrated pest management

Integrated Pest Management is the smart approach to managing garden pests.  It uses observation, knowledge and thinking instead of the brute force of toxic chemical sprays.

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no dig gardening

The no-dig gardening concept was popularised by Sydney gardener Esther Dean in the 1970s as a way of minimising gardening effort while kickstarting a garden with maximum fertility.  A no-dig garden consists of layers of organic material that are stacked up to form a rich, raised garden area. 

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how to start a garden

Somewhere deep inside all of us is a hidden gardener just dying to get out and start planting. The only problem most of us face is how to start a garden from scratch.

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