The Sustainable Backyard is a demonstration garden that has been designed to illustrate sustainable principles. It shows some of the ways in which the typical suburban backyard can be transformed into a productive and edible landscape.
It features chickens which are moved around different beds, a worm farm, composting, liquid manure barrels, and a range of fruit trees, berries and vines.
In the Sustainable Backyard you will see examples of sustainable garden design:
- Some things have many functions
- Most available space is used - including vertical space
- Nutrients are recycled and replaced using compost and green manure.
- Waste is used as a resource
- A wide range of annual and perennial plants are grown to produce a year round food supply
- Vegetable beds are designed for effective crop rotation
- Animals (bees, chickens, worms and insects) are a key part of the garden
- Recycled materials are used wherever possible to save money and reduce waste
- Each system imitates a natural system.