‘A Bay OK garden begins in the soil’ was one of the key messages given to local residents at a special event held for Busselton’s Bunnings Gardening Club on Sunday, 24 March.
Lisa Massey presented to the group and offered simple tips to create a ‘Bay OK’ garden, where nutrients don’t end up in our waterways and Geographe Bay.
“One of the best places to start when creating a Bay OK garden is in the soil,” said Lisa.
“A healthy soil holds onto nutrients, making them available for plants but not washing them into stormwater and groundwater where they can create problems.”
“To help soil hold onto nutrients, incorporate soil amendments such as compost, clay if you have sandy soils and beneficial microbes.”
“And in Busselton soil wetter is always important on our sandy, water repellent soils!” she said.
Lisa explained to participants that autumn is the perfect time to incorporate soil amendments, but is also a time to be careful with fertiliser.
“If fertiliser is required, apply it in spring after winter rains have passed that can wash it past the plants’ roots and into groundwater and stormwater,” she said.
Attendees were keen to take these tips on board to improve their own gardening practices. Bunnings Garden Club member Jan Spencer said she was motivated to make some changes.
“Forget about fertiliser,” she said.
“I am going to try a new Bay OK regime in my garden that starts with my soil.”
GeoCatch has developed a number of Bay OK garden resources for local gardeners. You can go online at geocatch.asn.au to access the Bay OK Geographe Gardeners Resource Kit, just look for the Resource Kit button on the ‘Being Bay OK in the garden’ page. This page also has further information on the Bay OK program.
This project is supported by the South West Catchments Council, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.