Since the gardens were started in 1999, there has been a strong emphasis on recycling which includes materials, organic matter and water. Water is such an important part of the garden we have developed an extensive drainage system to re-direct all run-off water into a purpose designed wetland area to prevent enriched run-off into the dams. To conserve water and reduce evaporation from the soil we compost heavily on all garden beds. A series of solar-powered pumps operate some of the fountains and water features.
The majority of the materials used to build the gardens have been recycled, many from the local area. Bricks, red gum sleepers, fence palings, power poles, large rocks, concrete pavers and even wrought iron 1950’s fly screen doors have been used as features in the gardens.
We maintain the edible garden as close as possible to organic principles, for instance composting all organic matter including prunings, weeds and left over produce. Incorporating animal manures such as cow, chicken and horse into the compost produces a lovely friable mix within about three months, which goes straight back onto the garden beds for soil improvement. Left-overs from the edible gardens are also fed to our Isa Brown chickens who repay us in lovely brown eggs.