If you have the space, gardening is a great compliment to a rubbish free lifestyle. It soaks up all the compost you can produce, is cheap, good exercise, and is the epitome of local! 

Ways to connect into the knowledge you need include,

  • connecting with people. Start by seeing what free or subsidised courses your council has.
  • subscribe to a gardening magazine like Organic NZ
  • check out one of the many New Zealand focused organic gardening books, like Koanga Garden Guide by Kay Baxter.

When getting setup try and buy quality, non plastic tools (including handles), that way if they break they can be dismantled and recycled. If they are too expensive at the store, consider purchasing them second hand. This way you can get really good quality at about the same price you’d pay for some cheap tools. 

Plan ahead and store or buy seeds, this avoids buying plastic seedling trays. Sometimes seedlings are available in wrapped-up newspaper or old milk cartons.

We used some old carpet we had as weed mat. You just need to make sure it is wool and not a blend as nylon won’t break down. It is great if you are going to build raised vege gardens as well and it slowly degrades over time.