Links and Resources
Gardening is a lifelong journey of knowledge - and thankfully many gardeners who have already trod a fair way along the journey have recorded their successes and failures, meaning we can benefit from their wisdom.
There are many, many excellent books, magazines and websites out there for you to explore - whatever particular green interest you are pursuing!
Here are just some of our favourites! (Know of any others? Why not let us know?)
The Permaculture Education business run by Dr. Ross Mars. Ross holds regular Permaculture training courses, and is a Permaculture consultant.
For walking weed ID workshops (to eat your weeds), chat to Sparkles & the crew behind the Odd Fodder Cookbook and Aham Vritti Herbal. Sparkles also runs Permaculture Workshops and more. Check out the website: http://www.ahamvrittiherbal.com.au/
If you are looking at designing or re-designing a garden, it is worth getting in a consultant to get advice and ideas. The cost of doing so will be more than outweighed by the savings you will make in getting it right first time. Experience makes the difference in site considerations, plant selection, aesthetics and water usage. A good designer will work with you to realise your vision and help you create your own sanctuary.
Green Life Soil Co has links with many well-regarded designers and landscapers in the Perth industry.
Have a look at Deryn Thorpe's website (http://www.derynthorpe.com.au/) - Deryn is a well known face in the industry as a consultant, journalist and garden tour guide. Her extensive knowledge and experience can be available to you for a very reasonable fee.
If native plants are your thing, Sue Torlach (http://www.wildaboutgardens.com.au/) is a landscape designer who specialises in gorgeous and waterwise native gardens.
Great Gardens has changed - but the focus is still on providing educational workshops throughout Perth and WA, with excellent information on sustainability and waterwise gardening. Also workshops on larger property planning. Check out: http://theforeverproject.com.au/
A series of free workshops held around Perth dealing with all the issues of how to ‘green up’ your lifestyle! Great information and challenging.
Local Food Produce
Are you a locavore? That's a "yes" if you prefer to support local growers, and are concerned about food miles & the freshness and quality of food you consume. This innovative website helps match producers and consumers - a win:win situation for your health and the environment!
Got excess produce? Why not share it or swap it? Check out Ripe Near Me: http://www.ripenear.me/grow-share-sell
NASAA (National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia)
If you want to learn more about Organic Standards (like the ones we adhere to @ Green Life) Check out NASAA - One of Australia ’s main certification bodies.
www. nasaa .com.au
The Organic Growers Association of WA
A not for profit association with commercial and home gardener members. Has a member discount scheme. Local groups have regular meetings to share knowledge.
Permaculture West - A not for profit association. Offers a library, and regular fun and educational meetings. A great network for permie ideas!
Pest and Disease ID
The Department of Agriculture has some great online information on common WA pests & diseases, and fantastic downloadable garden fact sheets. Not an organic approach, but great to help ID pests & diseases.
Poultry and Chickens
Keeping your own chooks and / or ducks is a great way to recycle your scraps, provides a wonderful source of manure, and rewards you with your own healthy, fresh eggs. For useful information on all things fowl (and where to find rare breeds), you can't go past the Backyard Poultry forum. http://forum.backyardpoultry.com/
Seeds and Seedlings
Locally grown in Perth and Certified by NASAA, The Greenhouse provides us with fresh seedling stock of seasonal vegetables.
Soils and Conditioners & Compost, Manures and Mulches
The Soil Food Web Institute - an interesting website. Great articles to read. The Group also conduct workshops - however are Eastern States based.
Square Foot Gardening
Have you heard of 'Square Foot Gardening' or 'Square Metre Gardening'? It's a simple, easy to use system of producing food in a grid. The beauty of it is that there are guides to help you know how many to plant, and work out how much yield your family may wish to harvest.
www.squarefootgardening.com or www.squarefootgardening.org
Sustainable Gardening - Local Groups
Sustainable Gardening Australia's website has a discussion group, loads of fact sheets, a 'GreenUp' buying guide, and you can find a 'POD' or local gardening group - or start one, even! A great website, worth a look. www.sgaonline.org.au
Terra Perma Design
Permaculture design and education group which runs Intro to Permaculture, Permaculture Design Certificates, and other workshops on sustainability, etc. Also available for private and community based design. http://www.terraperma.com.au/
Worms and Worm Farms
Need information about worms? Visit The Wormshed (or they can come to your school or club!)