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Sustainable Gardening


Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations.
Source:  https://www.epa.gov/sustainability/learn-about-sustainability.  Also see: http://www.un-documents.net/ocf-ov.htm.

Our educational outreach emphasizes sustainable gardening techniques that you can easily implement in your own yard.  The resources below describe many of the concepts of sustainable gardening.

FREE UC ANR publication: Sustainable Landscaping in California: How to Conserve Resources and Beautify your Home Landscape

Sustainable Landscaping - Earth Friendly Steps

UC Integrated Pest Management for Home and Garden

Sustainability Fairs (2013 and 2014)

For information about the 2014 Sustainability Fair, please visit our dedicated 2014 Sustainability Fair page.

Handouts from our Sustainability Fairs are available here.


These elements of your garden are the very heart of sustainability.  Here are some resources that can help you create a truly solid and sustainable foundation for your garden.  See our Sustainability Fair Handouts page for other resources.

Soil Basics:

Sustainable Landscaping - Building Healthy Soil
Soil Testing
Soil Testing Laboratories for Home Gardeners


Composting 101
Composting with Worms
Building a Worm Bin
Using Compost in the Home Garden


About Mulch
How to Sheet Mulch
Go from Lawn to Garden with Sheet Mulching (StopWaste.org)
Sheet Mulching and Irrigation for Lawn Conversions


Irrigation for Your Garden
Water Testing Laboratories for Home Gardeners
Using Grey Water and Recycled Water
Landscape Water Conservation Resources page (CCUH)

For help and advice:

Use the top navigation of this site to find out more about the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County and the free educational and community outreach services we provide.