Key Resources

NSW PDI

Reference :
How earthworms can help your soil
Agency:
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries
Contact :
Locked Bag 21, Orange NSW 2800
02 6391 3100 nsw.agriculture@dpi.nsw.gov.au
Comment:

Discusses the benefits of earthworms in improving the quality and quantity of pasture and crops, and soil structure,   how to access earthworm populations, and creating favourable conditions for earthworms.
 

Website:

http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/resources
/soils/biology/earthworms

 


Reference :
Habitat Gardens
Agency:
Trees in Newcastle
Contact :
252 Parry Street, NewcastleWest, 2302
Phone: (02) 4969 1500
Comment:


Here you will find a series of fact sheets to help create gardens that will attract wildlife

Download:

TIN Topic 4 - A Rainforest Bushfood Garden
(PDF <500KB)

TIN Topic 5 - A Local Seaside Bushfood Garden
(PDF <500KB)

TIN Topic 6 - A Local Wetland Bushfood Garden
(PDF <500KB)

TIN Topic 9 - A Native Cottage Garden
(PDF <500KB)

TIN Topic 13 - Fire Retardant Plants
(PDF <500KB)

TIN Topic 14 - Creating Stepping Stones for
Frugivores
(PDF <500KB)

TIN Topic 16 - Creating Stepping Stones
for Nectar Feeders
(PDF <500KB)

TIN Topic 17 - Veg on the Verge (PDF <500KB)

Website:

http://www.treesinnewcastle.org.au
/page19694/Habitat-Gardens.aspx

 

Primefact

Reference :
Primefacts Organic Farming and Drought Smart Gardening
Agency:
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries
Contact :
Locked Bag 21, Orange, NSW, 2800
02 6391 3100
www.dpi.nsw.gov.au
Comment:

This series of factsheets on organic farming also apply to organic gardening and will provide insight to organic requirements for larger scale productions.

1. Primefact 1051 Organic Vegetable Production (2010)- A fact sheet covering organic farming that includes organic weed management, organic management practices, insect pest and disease management.

2. Primefact 802 Oganic Vegetable Production Planning (2008) - a factsheet that describes some of the important considerations when starting an organic vegetable enterprise. The contents of this Primefact include: farm selection and establishment, variety and crop selection, designing the crop rotation, soil and crop nutrition, water proximity to non-organic neighbours and transport.

3. Organic vegetable production (2010) - soil management and crop establishment - Organic farming starts with the soil. The organic farmer’s primary aim should be to provide crop and animal nutrition by implementing practices that nurture the soil, stimulate soil life, and conserve nutrients. This Primefact covers the following topics: soil fertility and crop nutrition, determining crop nutrient requirements, soil preparation and planting, irrigation, post-harvest management and marketing

4. Primefact 543 Drought Smart Gardening - using Native Australian Plants (2009)- Using Australian native plants in your garden will help reduce the amount of water you use in your garden, while still allowing you to have an interesting and colourful garden, even in the driest times. This factsheet provides steps to create a drought smart garden as well as contact details for Forest nurseries.
 

Download:
 
Website:

1. http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/farm/organic
/weeds-pests-diseases


2. http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/farm/organic
/vegetable-production-planning


3. http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/farm
/organic/vegprod-soil-mgt


4. http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/forests
/publications/drought-smart-gardening

 

PrimeFact

Reference :
Sustainability Audit of your Garden
Agency:
Sustainable Gardening Australia
Contact :
6 Manningham Road West, Bulleen, VIC, 3105
03 9850 8165
vic@sgaonline.org.au
Comment:

An easy to use score card to assess the impact your gardening practices have on the natural environment, including the topics of; garden design, compost, soil, chemicals, water, produce, plant selection, and products.
 

Download:
 
Website:

http://www.sgaonline.org.au/pdfs/
sgselfaudit.pdf
(PDF 108KB)

 

 

Permaculture

Reference :
Permaculture How To's
Agency:
Permaculture Sydney North
Contact :
info@permaculturenorth.org.au
Comment:

Permaculture Sydney North is a non-profit group of over 450 people based in Sydney, Australia with an amazing array of skills in self reliance, energy & water conservation, qualified permaculture design and teaching. It's a great place to start for people who want to learn more about healthier, abundant and satisfied living.

Website:
http://permaculturenorth.org.au/index.php?q=howto

 

Permaculture

Reference :
Sustainable Gardening Factsheets
Agency:
Hunter Organic Growers Society
Comment:

Hunter Organic Growers Society has been established for over 30 years, and develops a regular newsletter to promote sustainable gardening. Here are a list of their fact sheets including companion planting, composting, worm farming and no dig gardening. Their website also has a seasonal planting guide suitable for our region.

Website:
http://www.hunterorganicgrowerssociety.org.au
/category/articles/gardening/

 

 

Perma

Reference :
Native Lawns and Lawn Alternatives
Agency:
Sustainable Gardening Australia
Contact :
6 Manningham Road West, Bulleen, VIC, 3105
03 9850 8165
vic@sgaonline.org.au
Comment:

Discusses how native lawns benefit the environment and are drought tolerant, and suitable native grass varieties and alternatives to conventional lawns. The website is an excellent reference for all gardening information.
 

Download:

1. Native Lawns (PDF 114KB)

2. Lawn Alternatives (PDF 164)
 

Website:

1. http://www.sgaonline.org.au/?p=672

2. http://www.sgaonline.org.au/?p=666

 

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Reference :
Sustainable Gardening
Agency:
New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage
Contact :
PO Box A290, Sydney South NSW 1232
Phone: +61 2 9995 5000
info@environment.nsw.gov.au
Comment:

A variety of resources to help you design, manage and maintain a sustainable garden, including water, wormsmulch, waste and composting.
 

Website:

http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/
households/gardening.htm

 

 

 

  
   
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