What fruit and vegetables grow well in your garden?
In the Dudley Park garden featured in the photo above - the passionfruit vine and cauliflower has done well. This gardener also has chilli, spinach and an array of herbs which have also thrived.
Much of Mandurah lies on the dune systems which dominate WA's South Western coastline. The area has infertile soils due to the dunes being sandy and as a result the soil has poor water retention qualities.
Chris from Mandurah Rock 'N' Loam in Greenfields says that because of the poor soil quality in Mandurah lots of organic matter is needed to grow good fruit and vegetables. He suggests using sheep and cow manure or mushroom mulch. He also suggested using raised garden beds that lay on top of the poor soil as seen in the picture above.
The City of Mandurah have a comprehensive guide to composting and mulching as well as worm farming on their website. This guide tell you what you should and shouldn't put in compost and worm farms - and what should go into a good mulch
The Mandurah Wildflower group have disbanded but their website is still active. If you are new to gardening and want to start from scratch building your own beds this is a great site that gives you step by step instructions on how to create a Native Garden, a Bog Garden and a Frog Friendly Garden.