Garden

Native garden

Learn how to create a sustainable garden whether it is by growing your own vegetables, planting native species or composting your food scraps.

Growing food at home

Producing your own fruit and vegetables at home is a great way to save money and reduce your dependence on food transported from far away.

Don’t have a big yard? Don’t worry because you can still be productive in small spaces such as balconies through use of pots and wall installations.

You can find planting and care information for a variety of fruit and vegetables at Gardening Australia and Sustainable Gardening Australia.

Using a planting calendar will also help you to figure out what is the best time of year to plant your favourite plants.

Gardening with indigenous and native plants

Planting with native or indigenous plants has a number of benefits including:

  • being perfectly suited to our local soils and climate
  • requiring little maintenance to keep them looking healthy and neat
  • being able to withstand Melbourne’s hot, dry summers and long dry periods with little or no watering
  • attracting and provide food and shelter for native wildlife
  • saving you money and water

For more tips on gardening with indigenous and native plants and local nurseries, refer to the Monash Gardens for Wildlife (PDF, 6MB) publication.

To find out more about our program, visit Monash Gardens for Wildlife web page.

Weeds

Weeds are plants that invade and thrive in environments in which they do not naturally occur. These plants alter the natural balance in the local ecology and threaten biodiversity by competing with indigenous plants that are a valuable food source for native birds and fauna.

Declared noxious, weeds are plants that have been proclaimed under legislation, which requires the landholder to control or eradicate these weeds.

For further information on weed identification, control measures and appropriate herbicides contact:

Composting

Find out here how you can easily compost your food scraps through Council's Compost Revolution program.

Keeping chickens in your backyard

A Council Local Law limits the number of animals permitted to be kept on properties in Monash. The following rules apply:

  • Roosters are prohibited
  • Limit of up to 5 poultry birds

You must also ensure that the animals can access food and water and provided with clean and sufficient space. Find out more about Animal Regulations in Monash.

Keeping chickens requires a bit of planning, including choice of breed, enclosure and feed, and how to keep your birds healthy.

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Last updated: 09 January 2017