TOPIC 1: How to promote sustainable practices used in the garden?

TOPIC 1: How to promote sustainable practices used in the garden?


Community gardens are spaces that not only bring people together and foster a sense of belonging but also promote sustainable practices. To ensure the long-term success and environmental impact of these gardens, it is crucial to implement sustainable practices. This lesson will propose some strategies and concrete examples on how to promote sustainable practices within community gardens.

To ensure long-term success, it is essential to actively involve the community and raise awareness about sustainable gardening practices. Arrange frequent workshops, seminars, or webinars covering topics like organic gardening, permaculture, and sustainable landscaping. Encourage gardeners to share their valuable knowledge and experiences with one another, fostering a collaborative learning environment. Establish partnerships with local schools, community organizations, or environmental groups to instill a sense of shared responsibility and collective action towards sustainable gardening.

1. Composting

Composting plays a vital role in waste reduction, soil enrichment, and reducing reliance on chemical fertilizers. It is crucial to educate members of community gardens about the significance of composting and offer guidance on establishing an effective composting system. Promoting the utilization of kitchen scraps, yard waste, and plant trimmings so as to generate compost rich in nutrients is of utmost importance. To facilitate this process, it is recommended to designate a composting area equipped with clearly labeled bins and instructions. To showcase the composting area for the wider community, and to organize activities within it, is a good way to educate about environment, sustainable development, and to attract new people. To have further resources, you can read our Composting module.

Example: Follow a link directly to the Good Practice: Community composting

2. Water Conservation

Promoting efficient water usage is essential to foster sustainability and preserve water resources. It is important to inspire community gardeners to embrace water-saving practices, including mulching, drip irrigation, and rainwater harvesting. Mulching plays a crucial role in conserving moisture, preventing evaporation, and managing weed growth. Drip irrigation systems efficiently deliver water directly to the roots of plants, reducing water wastage. Additionally, rainwater harvesting involves the collection and storage of rainwater for future use in the garden. To have further resources, you can read our Water Management module.

Example: Follow a link directly to the Good Practice: Rainwater runoff management

3. Organic Pest and Weed Management:

Advocate for the adoption of organic approaches to pest and weed management, aiming to reduce the reliance on harmful chemicals. Encourage the incorporation of companion plants that repel pests or attract beneficial insects. Highlight the significance of appropriate plant spacing, regular inspections, and manual removal of pests and weeds. Introduce natural remedies such as neem oil, insecticidal soaps, and companion planting techniques to effectively control pest populations.

Example: Organize workshops on integrated pest management (IPM) techniques in the community garden. Invite IPM specialists or local organic gardeners to explain the principles and provide hands-on demonstrations of pest control methods.

4.  Biodiversity Enhancement

Promoting biodiversity within a community garden is vital for bolstering the overall well-being and strength of the ecosystem. Encourage gardeners to cultivate a wide array of crops, including heirloom and indigenous varieties, as this supports local pollinators and beneficial insects. By incorporating native plants, wildflowers, and flowering herbs, the garden becomes an enticing habitat that attracts bees, butterflies, and other important pollinators.

Example: Dedicate a specific area within the community garden to establish a pollinator-friendly garden. Provide educational materials and signage to raise awareness about the importance of biodiversity and pollinator conservation.


To promote sustainable practices in a community garden, it is necessary to adopt a comprehensive approach that encompasses various aspects. These include composting, water conservation, organic pest and weed management, biodiversity enhancement, and community engagement. By implementing these strategies and offering tangible examples, community gardens can serve as role models for sustainability, inspiring others to embrace similar practices.

Sources and resources

Eco-gardens platform: Visited on 21/07/2023

Gardeniser platform : Visited on 21/07/2023

8 Easy to Follow Tips to a More Sustainable Urban Gardening Project : Visited on 21/07/2023

Community Gardens and Sustainability : Visited on 21/07/2023

Creating a Sustainable Community Garden : Visited on 21/07/2023

Urban Community Gardening: Moving toward a  Sustainable Future Final Capstone Report The Professional Practice of Public Administration   PPD 546, Dr. Juliet Musso May 5, 2013 Eric Lardy, Janet Little,  Rachel Madewell and Michael Valentine, Urban Community Gardening.pdf : Visited on 21/07/2023