The Backyard In Australia
Backyard gardening in Australia can be quite challenging, especially if you want to have a native or organic garden. There are many reasons why this is so. Here are some of them
Australia is a pretty large piece of land. It covers a bout 4000 kms from east to west and when you look south to north, its not much shorter. We have the Tropic of Capricorn running through the country, we have deserts, rainforests, mountains and normal regular areas. We have just about every landscape and climate on the planet. What this means is that the plants that work well in your backyard are likely very different to the plants that work well in my backyard. So you need to understand what works well in your area, given the weather and conditions that your plants will have to cope with.
You should do some homework – understand what is going on. That way if you want plants that are not 100% suited to your backyard, you can take appropriate action to give them the maximum chance of thriving.
Australia’s Plant Diversity
This is particularly a challenge if you want to create a native backyard. Plants are not really native to Australia – they are native to your suburb within Australia. So someone creating a native garden in Queensland will have a very different garden to someone creating a native garden in Victoria. If you want to use native plants in your backyard but are not sure where to start, I’d try the website of your local council – they usually have an interest or program in bringing “native” back into the region and have great resources on the topic.
Australia’s Harsh Climate
Lets face it, the climates across Australia are pretty harsh. If we are not being threatened of losing everything in a flood or bushfire, we are probably experiencing the worst drought in 50 years. Most places in Australia now have permanent water restrictions of some form. We need to be resourceful not only in our gardening, but also in collecting and preserving the bare necessities for the garden. Soil and water.
All these things though I think actually work in our favor. They give us pause to think about what we really are doing. If we use that pause well, we end up with a sustainable backyard garden that ends up being beautiful, bountiful and leaves the land in better shape than before we started. Now that’s pretty cool isn’t it!