In the Garden

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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. 


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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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