water wise garden

July 18, 2012 in Blog


I am starting a new garden after building our solar passive house. I have planted a few native plants in the front as well as an olive and crab apple. I would love any suggestions for low water use plants. We are also starting a new vegetable garden were our old garage use to be. The soil is very compacted clay so I have a few raised beds but have just started a no dig bed. It is on the southern side of the garden shaded by the fence at the moment so will be in full sun during summer. I thought of planting asparagus or strawberries. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

5 comments to 'water wise garden'

  1. Joh said on July 18, 2012

    @Wombat01 congratulations on starting your new garden. Asparagus will take a long time to provide any yield. We planted 3 crowns 3 years ago and have only this year had a few spears. They usually take several years to come into their own and sulk if they are disturbed.

    You have commented that the soil is very compacted and that you have started a no dig raised bed – excellent idea. Have you thought about starting with a crop of peas and carrots. Both can be planted in August – so you ca get started soon, peas will fix nitrogen to the soil, which is good for a new bed and peas and carrots are good companion plants.

  2. I recommend having a Garden Smart visit. A horticulturalist will visit you & discuss what you want to achieve & how to make it a waterwise garden. Also, you’ll be eligible for a $50 rebate on a range of water saving measures. Check it out: http://www.actsmart.act.gov.au/your_household/gardensmart

  3. @Wombat01 Also, the Canberra Plant Selector will help you see water use, plant size, frost tolerance, & positioning for plants to grow well in the Canberra area:

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