water gardens are an efficient way of producing food. The water used, can often be less than that
required for many vegetable crops.
Edible water gardens are sustainable gardens
We all strive to
minimise our impacts on the environment, through the demands that we place on
available water, as well as the materials and energy we use in the garden. Even on a small scale, edible water gardens can play an important role in
reducing the environmental impacts of large scale commercial food production. If the room in the landscape permits, we can
even create environmentally friendly gardens that support the diverse nature
plants need not only be selected for the food that they produce. Why not create edible
water gardens that are beautiful to look at and also produce healthy food?
Easy to grow
If you love
growing your own healthy food, but have limited space, aquatic pots are just as
easy to maintain as regular edible herbs.
Just keep the water topped up.
Many edible water plants require flooding for only part of their growth
cycle and can then be left to slowly dry out ready for harvest.
water gardens can be made in almost any container that can hold
water. A bucket, kept in a sunny
position, can produce a kilogram of water chestnuts in one growing season. If you have a little more space, you could consider
an old bath tub capable of producing 30-40kg of delicious water chestnuts in a
single growing season.
Edible water gardens allow us to observe our environment.
Edible water gardens
can enhance your garden, not only visually, but it is a great opportunity for our
children to learn. Combining the experience
of growing your own healthy food, with how your water garden supports the nature
around you. Birds come by to splash and
drink, lizards sun themselves near the pond edges, frogs and tadpoles go
through their wonderfully changing life cycles, dragonflies and other
beneficial insects hover around and native fish dart around in the pond waters.
- For information on the edible aquatic plants
grown at Oz Watergardens. Go to our
edible aquatic plants page.
Please use our store
locator to contact your nearest garden centre, to place an order.