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Gardening is a super fun activity to do with your school, friends, family and community. There are also many environmental benefits of gardening and composting. 

  • Plants produce oxygen which help clean the air and ground of pollution. So the more plants you grow, the more you are helping regulate our air.

  • Growing trees and shrubs helps cool our outdoor areas as well by providing shady areas which are beneficial for many animals as well. 

  • Growing your own food in gardens reduces the earth's carbon footprint. A carbon footprint is the carbon (which can be a harmful gas) released into the air because of energy that we use. For example, buying food uses a car to get to the grocery store, a factory to process groceries, plastic pollution for packaging and more!

  • Gardens support our native insects, birds and other wildlife that are so important for the ecosystem.

Have a look below for the different types of gardens, composting and worm farms!

I have a special garden at home, it is full of native plants to attract our local wildlife!

What items do you recycle at home or at school? Paper, cardboard, soft plastic...

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You can grow your own food in a big or small garden! The easiest things to start off your garden are herbs like basil or parsley. You can then move on to vegetables, flowers or fruit!

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Native plants are very important to provide suitable habitat for our wildlife. Native means that it is found in Australia - not a weed. Some native plants include kangaroo paw and lomandra grass. You can even grow edible natives (bush tucker) such as tucker bush cherry!


Composting is a way to reduce your organic food waste and create nutrient rich soil. You can buy or make a composting system and all it needs is a bit of soil matter to start off with, food waste and heat! Over time, food will decay and break down to make healthy soil!

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Worms are amazing! They  can also be used to break down food waste. Worms in a worm farm system will eat food waste and then produce worm castings which is rich plant food and worm tea which is  a liquid fertilizer. Worms are super heroes too!


  • Many Australians are getting their green thumb on! In fact, over 52% of households are growing some type of garden!

  • Kids are leading the gardening game! Did you know, over 61% of food gardens in Australian houses are grown by kids 11 years or younger... true EcoMarines Heroes!

See how our EcoMarines team are gardening and composting!

EcoMarines Video: GREEN THUMBS!


Your Hero Mission is to take a photo of your favourite plant! Tell us what the plant is and why you love it! Answer the questions below! Awesome, you can go to the Water level!