As the community spends more time at home during the coronavirus pandemic, now is a great time to explore and enjoy what our backyards have to offer and rethink our backyards as not just an area out the back that we mow occasionally, but instead as a resource for our family and our native wildlife.
Backyards, whether large or small, can become vegetable growing areas and now is a great time to get seeds and seedlings such as beetroot, broccoli, broad beans, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, garlic, lettuce, onions, peas and spinach into the ground. Vegetables can be planted into existing garden beds or pots depending on the size of your garden.
A number of seeds are available through Maitland City Library’s Seed Library via www.maitlandlibrary.com.au
The whole family can get involved in the planting and watering process, allowing the family both quality time together and a means of getting out and enjoying the sun,” said Group Manager Development and Environment, Matt Prendergast
Your family can also get involved in undertaking a bird audit to see what birds live in your family’s backyard. Bird audits can be undertaken while enjoying a cuppa or some morning tea in the sun or the kids can share some quiet time and look around and see what birds visit their backyard.”
Bird identification guides and record sheets are available online from www.birdsinbackyards.net
Autumn is also a great time to trim back your overgrown vegetation. Green waste can be disposed of in garden organics bins for collection each fortnight. For collection, bins should be easily manoeuvred to ensure they remain below the 80kg weight limit.
For more great ideas on getting out into the backyard and involved in our local environment visit and subscribe to Council’s Green Communities newsletter at www.maitland.nsw.gov.au
The Green Communities newsletter and environmental initiatives form part of Maitland City Council’s ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic, which you can read more about online at maitland.nsw.gov.au