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Thinking globally: working in your backyard

By Paul Bains

Busy Bees Sustainable Gardening

 

WE all love our gardens.

But some people are unable to care for them in the way that they would wish.

This may be for various reasons: shortage of time due to family or working commitments; struggling with the physical demands; lost confidence or simply feeling that they lack the know-how.

Our business, Busy Bees Sustainable Gardening, was started with such people in mind.

Drawing on years of experience working on conservation projects and landscaping our family’s gardens, I enjoy helping to create and care for attractive gardens and outdoor spaces that people can enjoy and share with wildlife.

Why “sustainable” gardening?

By adopting sustainable gardening practices and working with nature, we aim to improve aspects of health for individuals, the community and environment, while keeping garden tasks to a manageable level.

We offer “Companion Gardening” as part of our services, helping people to continue enjoying their gardening, rather than it being a worry or burden.

It can promote health and social benefits; economic ones too if they are able to carry on producing fruit and vegetables from their own plot.

With “Looking at the Landscape”, we can help change the layout of the garden to improve access or reduce the amount of work and money to maintain it.

Examples may be reducing the area of lawn that needs mowing or borders requiring regular weeding.

This could be achieved by a change of surface or planting, or a combination of strategies.

“Planting for Pollinators” means favouring native plants and increasing biodiversity, which will attract bees, birds and butterflies into the garden.

“Water in the Garden” is relaxing and can create a focal point; it also helps to attract wildlife, even if it’s just a birdbath.

Water management is a key part of sustainable gardening and we are happy to assist – help with ideas for a rainwater garden maybe or ways to introduce a watery element to your garden.

And with “The Wonder of Compost”, we can set up composting bunkers, a bin or worm farm, and turning kitchen and green waste into compost is great for the garden.

And, along with re-using materials for garden structures, this can significantly reduce the volume going to landfill and save on waste disposal costs.

If any of the above strikes a sustainable chord with you, the following websites may be of interest: Sustainable Gardening Australia at sgaonline.org.au or Birds in Backyards at birdsinbackyards.net.

Caption: Paul Baines and Madeline Iles at Midway Point.