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World Environment Day is around the corner, celebrated every year since 1974 on 5 June to engage governments, businesses and citizens of the planet to address pressing environmental issues.
This World Environment Day will kick off the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, #GenerationRestoration, a global mission to revive billions of hectares of environment, halt and reverse the degradation of our planet's ecosystems and move from exploiting nature to healing it.
While ecosystem restoration is a global undertaking at a massive scale, the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration also champions the small actions everyone can take, every day, such as growing trees, greening our cities, rewilding our gardens, thinking about the way we consume and supporting green initiatives.
In support of #GenerationRestoration, here's our top tips for regenerative and sustainable gardening.
Tree planting is a simple and hugely popular restoration activity. You can add trees to your front or back garden, to your verge, or join a planting group revegetating public space, a farm or a landscape.
Use soil-improving practices and plant native or appropriate species. Remember it's not about simply planting trees but growing them, and it should be the right tree, at the right place and the right time. Autumn and winter planting in WA is ideal.
Don't waste your waste:
The green waste from your kitchen and garden are great ingredients to make compost from or feed a worm farm.
Improve & protect topsoil:
In WA, our tough climate and sandy soils mean we need to add soil improvers such as clays, composts, minerals, organic fertilisers and bio-stimulants to create soils that hold onto more water and nutrients, have greater fertility and a stronger microbiome.
Look for new age products that have been inoculated with beneficial biology to help rebuild microbe populations in your soil, such as Baileys Soil Matters Garden.
A good quality mulch is also essential to reduce watering needs, evaporation and protect topsoil from our summer sun. Baileys Moisture Mulch is a fully composted, dark, pine bark based mulch, great for garden beds and trees.
Create an ecosystem
Ecosystems are the web of life on Earth. An eco-system comprises all the living organisms and the interactions among them with their surroundings in a given place. They exist at all scales, from a grain of soil to your backyard, to the entire planet.
Diversity is key to promote a healthy garden ecosystem, so aim for a broad suite of plants with different shapes, heights, and of course flower types and times. This will bring pollinators, birds, frogs and native insects into your garden. It's also a great way to help with natural pest control.