What is a smart garden?
Smart Gardens take many forms: as traditional veggie beds, home orchards, rambling multi-layered food forests, or as portable, potted gardens on balconies, patios and doorsteps. And, as our climate changes, our approach to gardening must change too.
A smart garden takes a more sustainable approach to home gardening across five main elements:
- Food: improving access to healthy, local and sustainably-produced food;
- Shelter: planting trees and vines to create a greener, more comfortable microclimate that is sheltered from sun and wind and more resilient to the changing climate;
- Waste: recycling food and other organic waste into valuable organic mulch and fertiliser;
- Water: capturing and using rainwater and greywater wisely; and
- Habitat: support biodiversity by planting food and habitat for beneficial insects, native plants, birds and animals.
Our 2015 My Smart Garden Program Evaluation Report charted some outstanding achievements by residents participating in ‘smarter’ gardening. We were able to make conservative assumptions from the feedback we received from nearly 300 survey participants that they reduced their resource use by:
- at least 51 tonnes of organic waste;
- at least 87 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions;
- at least 2,574 kilolitres of potable water.
Read the full evaluation report here, complete with very inspiring stories from Varzavand, Adeline, Anne, and Amelia.
Do you have a gardener’s journey that could inspire others? Email My Smart Garden at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a great story we can profile.