How does your garden grow?

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There is no better way to pass the time during the COVID-19 lockdown than spending a few hours in the garden.

Not only is it good for your mental health by reducing stress and fostering a sense of accomplishment, but you will be rewarded for your efforts with beautiful flowers or delicious home-grown fruit and vegetables.

On this page you can share your gardening journey. Show us what you are gardening at home or ask a gardening expert your questions.


Gardening tips: Growing fruit and vegies at home


Gardening tips: Seed saving


Gardening tips: How to plant seeds and seedlings


Show us your native plants:

Council has been running its Free Native Plant Program for one year now. The program gives ratepayers the opportunity to receive four, free native plants per year. The program encourages residents to incorporate native plant species into their gardens, which generally require less water than exotic species, are low maintenance and provide a reliable food source and valuable habitat for native wildlife. All the plants on offer through the program have been grown locally at the Mackay Natural Environment Centre (MNEC).

If you have participated in this program, we would love to see photos and stories about how your free plants are growing in your garden.

NOTE: Our Free Native Plant Program giveaways are currently suspended due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements. We hope to return as soon as possible.


What are you growing at home?

Show us photos of your garden! Let us know what you are growing at home, share your gardening tips with others and tell us your favourite plant to grow in our warm, tropical climate.


Ask an expert?

Having trouble with some plants at home? Why not ask one of our gardening experts for some advice on possible issues and gardening tips to improve the health of your plants.

Subscribe to project update emails to be notified of gardening tips and the release of our next gardening video. Click the Stay Informed button on the right of this page.


There is no better way to pass the time during the COVID-19 lockdown than spending a few hours in the garden.

Not only is it good for your mental health by reducing stress and fostering a sense of accomplishment, but you will be rewarded for your efforts with beautiful flowers or delicious home-grown fruit and vegetables.

On this page you can share your gardening journey. Show us what you are gardening at home or ask a gardening expert your questions.


Gardening tips: Growing fruit and vegies at home


Gardening tips: Seed saving


Gardening tips: How to plant seeds and seedlings


Show us your native plants:

Council has been running its Free Native Plant Program for one year now. The program gives ratepayers the opportunity to receive four, free native plants per year. The program encourages residents to incorporate native plant species into their gardens, which generally require less water than exotic species, are low maintenance and provide a reliable food source and valuable habitat for native wildlife. All the plants on offer through the program have been grown locally at the Mackay Natural Environment Centre (MNEC).

If you have participated in this program, we would love to see photos and stories about how your free plants are growing in your garden.

NOTE: Our Free Native Plant Program giveaways are currently suspended due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements. We hope to return as soon as possible.


What are you growing at home?

Show us photos of your garden! Let us know what you are growing at home, share your gardening tips with others and tell us your favourite plant to grow in our warm, tropical climate.


Ask an expert?

Having trouble with some plants at home? Why not ask one of our gardening experts for some advice on possible issues and gardening tips to improve the health of your plants.

Subscribe to project update emails to be notified of gardening tips and the release of our next gardening video. Click the Stay Informed button on the right of this page.


Show us what you are growing at home

Show us photos of your garden! Let us know what you are growing at home, share your gardening tips with others and tell us your favourite plant to grow in our warm, tropical climate.

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    One Year on

    by North Star, 4 months ago

    My free trees are growing beautifully