Real World Gardener Design Elements part 2 Fixing Natural Garden

July 14th, 2013

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney, streaming live at and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network.


The complete CRN edition of RWG is available on , just click on 2RRR to find this week’s edition. The new theme is sung by Harry Hughes from his album Songs of the Garden. You can hear samples of the album from the website

Real World Gardener is funded by the Community Broadcasting Foundation.

Last week I said that a natural garden is one where the weeds don’t take over.

Natural gardens aren't formal; instead they feature free-form plantings and soft edges. Pathways meander through the space, sitting spots appear unexpectedly and havens are provided for birds and animals.

Wildlife is also an important part of a natural garden.

Let’s look at what can go wrong and how to fix it by calling in the experts in part two of a natural garden….

Within our fences there is usually some sort of stable ecosystem in which plants, animals and pathogens coexist in a state of balance.

We upset this balance by using synthetic chemicals, planting a tree, putting in a pond or a veggie bed.

Lots of small steps can take us a long way towards helping garden wildlife.

Things like make a log shelter for our reptiles, building a pond to attract frogs, create a compost or start a worm far.

All these things , as well as plants, belong in a natural garden, although not as features.

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