Was chatting to one of our local gardeners the other day, who's mad keen on keeping the cost of gardening down. One idea for that is plant swaps, but there is another cost, that is to the environment. We don't think about the kilometres we travel to buy a plant, maybe we should. Perhaps we can consider looking differently at how we garden, rather than drive a long way to be seduced by something flowering in a pot. If we walked around our area at which plants thrive, especially with low water usage, our lives as gardeners may have fewer disappointments. The garden may not be as flashy, but it would be much more fun, rewarding and relaxing to live in a contented garden. Think about it next time, will this beauty be happy in your garden, or will it struggle. Save fuel, create local swaps and groups, be kind to the environment. Look at several gardens in Burra region, they're marked on the site. These gardens are lovely and their owners aren't slaves to them, nor have they been made using expensive plants. See the Burra Sculpture garden, where the soil is thin an poor but sustains a thriving garden because of good plant choices.
Coffee may be our most popular drink, but it creates one of the worst problems for landfill. Literally thousands of these are thrown away each day in our city, but what else could we do with them? One local artist,Deb Cantrill, spoke with ABC news, and gave a wonderful demonstration of how to repurpose a cup into a small basket, using weeds. The end result is inspirational, and shows that we truly can make something out of nothing. Catch up with Deb during open gardens, she'll be displaying her beautiful work in a Burra garden over the two days.
Pictured is one of her baskets made from old ribbon.
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