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Low maintenance plants

For the purposes of the Home Quality Mark (HQM), low maintenance plants are defined as plants that can survive in the local conditions with minimal external input. For example, where:

  • Little or no watering is required outside of natural rainfall.
  • They can withstand local wind speeds and temperature.
  • Physical exertion needed to obtain the harvest is reasonable for those expected to do the gardening work.

Some examples of low maintenance crops that may be appropriate include herbs, soft fruit bushes and fruit trees.

Ref Home Quality Mark One, Technical Manual SD239, England, Scotland & Wales, published by BRE in 2018.

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