“The word ‘pest’ is thrown around a lot,” observes Dennis Collins, ranger at Sydney's Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden. But, he says, you don’t need a “take no prisoners” approach to bugs. Spraying with broad-spectrum pesticides can harm more than just the insects and spiders in your garden and home – it can also affect the birds, mammals, reptiles and frogs in your neighbourhood. Read our guide to controlling insects without a spray!
Read our guide to growing Indigenous edible plants - on your balcony or in your garden. Well-known horticulturalist Narelle Happ provides top tips and some examples of what to grow and how to use them.
Question: How can you slow the growth of weeds in your garden and improve the texture of the soil without spending a lot of money on commercial products? Answer: Turn your household rubbish into compost. More than half of your domestic waste is compostable anyway. Click here for our "Composting 101 for Absolute Beginners".
Every year since 1996, Planet Ark has run National Recycling Week (NRW), making 2016 its 21st year (let’s make it a good one!). Planet Ark lists the aims of the event as ‘promoting kerbside, industrial, and community recycling initiatives’ and ‘giving people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work, and school’.
Great day at the Lane Cove annual Sustainability Lane/Village Fair event on October 9th. The Fair was a celebration of Think Global, Act Local with many inspirational initiatives featured. Thousands attended and the event showcased how sustainability and enterprise can both benefit. The FoodFaith Sprouting Up kits, home-made potato stamps and ecobubbles were a hit - simple, home-grown wisdoms and techniques that we wish to reclaim and celebrate! For instructions on how to grow your own sprouts, see below.