Creating Your Eco-Friendly Garden

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How to develop an environmentally friendly garden for little cost.

Creating Your Eco-friendly Garden shows you how to develop an environmentally friendly garden for little cost. Practically written, it is based on the author’s first-hand experience as well as the wealth of knowledge she has amassed working at Grass Roots, Australia’s most popular self-sufficiency magazine. + Full description

The book offers advice on planning your garden, choosing plants, planting times, watering options and pest management following organic principles. It explains how to assess the soil and microclimatic effects of surrounding buildings and vegetation so that you can determine the style of garden that best suits your property.

Water efficiency, biodiversity, soil conservation, use of native and biodiversity-friendly plants, organic methods, use of recycled materials and avoidance of environmental weeds are themes that feature strongly throughout the book, and will appeal to gardeners with strong environmental values.

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"Author Mary Horsfall has been with Grass Roots for 20 years, so you can be sure any advice she gives is straight-forward, simple and makes economic sense. And so it is with this book. Valuable advice in simple language."
Highlife Magazine, 2011

"…a clear, easy to read guide to basic gardening techniques."
Zoe Carter, Out in Perth-Gay and Lesbian Perth WA News, 22 March 2010

"Mary Horsfall's book Creating your Eco-Friendly Garden is an excellent introduction to all aspects of this topic for the first-time gardener as well as providing many useful hints for the more experienced."
Eco News, Issue 67, October 2009

"DIY meets eco-warrior on the domestic front. Good read with great ideas."
Subtropical Gardening Magazine, Issue 12, 2008


ePDF | July 2008
ISBN: 9780643096202
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Available from eRetailers


  • Environmental values feature strongly throughout the book: water efficiency; biodiversity; soil conservation; use of recycled materials; organic methods; use of native and similarly water-hardy, biodiversity-friendly plants; avoidance of environmental weeds
  • The book is very practical and well illustrated
  • It is based on a wealth of personal experience and shows how to develop a garden economically


Mary Horsfall has had over 30 years’ experience in organic gardening, including 23 years growing self-sufficiency food crops organically in a harsh, dry-summer environment with only dam and tank water. She is currently editor and writer for Grass Roots magazine, where she has worked for 20 years.