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Bay OK Gardens

A Bay OK Garden uses sustainable gardening principles to create a beautiful, healthy garden that has a positive impact on the environment. A Bay OK Garden minimises nutrient runoff, conserves water and supports local biodiversity.

Assess your own garden using the Bay OK Garden Assessment tool. 

Bay Ok Garden Competition 

Built a new home? Looking for garden ideas? Win a sustainable Bay OK Garden!

If you have just built a new home, this is your chance to win a fully landscaped, water wise and nutrient wise front garden installed in a single day by Chris Ferreira and The Forever Project team.

To be eligible to win a Bay OK front garden you need to:

  1. Have a cleared new home site of up to 50m2
  2. Agree to one of four sustainable garden designs
  3. Be able to have your garden installation on 14 th October 2017 as part of a community workshop event
  4. Agree to your garden being a demonstration site for GeoCatch’s Bay OK Gardens project.

TO ENTER: Please first read the full terms and conditions. Click HERE for full terms and conditions.

If you think you may be eligible for this competition, enter by sending us your details; please include your name, contact number, email address, home address of your new property, size (m2) of the proposed garden site, and (if possible) a photo of the site with your entry.

Post your entry to: GeoCatch – Bay OK Garden Competition, PO Box 269, Busselton WA 6280.

Entries close: 15 September 2017.

Coming Soon! Waterwise Verge Workshop on 11th November in Busselton

Registrations for this interactive Workshop will open on 16th October 2017.


Bay OK Demonstration Gardens

GeoCatch is creating Bay OK Demonstration Gardens in the catchment to inspire residents to make their gardens more waterway friendly. One garden is located at the Busselton Youth and Community Centre, and there are new demonstration gardens coming soon to the Naturaliste Community Centre in Dunsborough and the Public Open Space area at Newport Geographe.






For tips on how to make your garden a BAY OK Garden, explore the image below and click for more information.

By following the Bay OK Garden principles detailed in the Bay OK Garden Guide, you can help to protect our rivers, wetlands and the Geographe Bay marine environment.

The three Bay OK Garden Principles are:

Minimise Nutrient Runoff

  • Nurture your soil
  • Effective & responsible fertiliser use

The garden guide shows you the best environmental approach to improving your soil and managing your nutrient outputs.

Conserve Water

  • Water efficient practices

There are practical and simple initiatives in this guide to improve water efficiency in your garden to avoid overwatering and leaching of nutrients into waterways.

Support Local Biodiversity

  • Incorporate local native plant species
  • Encourage biodiversity
  • Attract beneficial insects

The guide suggests many simple features and approaches that can be incorporated into your garden to help support local biodiversity.


Nurture Your Soil:

How to Make Compost Tea

Turning Sand to Soil Recipe

How to Make Compost

Other sustainable gardening resources:

Growing local native plants in Busselton urban areas – a guide 

Growing local native plants in Dunsborough urban areas – a guide