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Edible Gardens in Small Urban Spaces: Information Session

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on July 4th, 2012

16 July , 2012
7:00 amto8:00 am

Photo via VEG site

Find out more about creating edible gardens in small urban spaces in an information session at the Richmond Library on Monday 16 July, from 7pm.

The session will be hosted by Very Edible Gardens (VEG), permaculture design and education experts. Very Edible Gardens was highly commended in the Business category of Yarra’s 2011 Sustainability Awards. Their concept of creating edible ecosystems has inspired communities globally. Adam Grubb, co-founder of Very Edible Gardens, will run an information–packed session on creating edible gardens in small urban spaces.

This free event will be held at Richmond Library (415 Church Street), from 7pm-8pm on Monday July 16.
Places are limited and bookings are essential.

Contact Yarra Libaries on 1300 695 427 or email

Growing Food in Pots: SGA article

Posted in Models, Research by Kate Archdeacon on November 11th, 2011

Source: cuttings, the Sustainable Gardening Australia(SGA) newsletter

Photo by David_Turner via flickr CC

From “Produce in Pots” by Helen Tuton:

Plants in pots… it’s hardly a new or revolutionary concept… I mean, we are all well acquainted with the potted Maidenhair fern in the bathroom, a dusty ‘Parlour Palm’ struggling for life in the corner of the office, or the ubiquitous ‘Peace Lily’ given as a gift when we can’t think of anything better. But what about productive plants in pots? Imagine a ‘movable feast’ in your inner city courtyard, providing a fair whack of the food you love to eat? A bounty of beautiful herbs out by the BBQ, or tonnes of tumbling tomatoes at your townhouse? Just about anyone has room for a few pots at their place, and we reckon you will be amazed by just how much produce you can grow in just about any space!

Gone to Pot – Getting Started

Planting a productive potted plot is no different to getting going in a garden – it’s all about planning, position, potting mix, patience and productivity. […]

Read the full article by Helen Tuton for the SGA.

Growing Your Own Food: Classes at BAAG

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 9th, 2011

15 September , 2011
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Bulleen Art & Garden (BAAG) has a whole series of gardening-related classes coming up over the next few months, including Vegies for Absolute Beginners, Soil Health and Management – the Good Dirt, Produce in Pots, and Beekeeping for Beginners.  The nursery subsidises the classes to keep them affordable.  The next class, on September 15, is Growing Tomatoes – the Apples of Love:

  • Want to know how to grow loads of juicy, tasty tomatoes? Get the low-down on soil needs, varieties to try, growing from seed or seedling, fertilising and then some tips on what to do with all the buckets of yummy “love apples” you’re bound to be picking.
  • Suitable for gardeners with a little experience in vegie gardening.
  • Class cost is $30
Check out their website for the full list and to make bookings.

Bulleen Art & Garden
6 Manningham Road West,
(03) 8850 3030

Vertical Gardens Made From Pallets

Posted in Models, Visions by Kate Archdeacon on May 16th, 2011

Source: Life On The Balcony

From How to Turn a Pallet into a Garden from Life on The Balcony:

Find A Pallet

The first thing you need to do is–obviously–find a pallet. I’ve had good luck finding them in dumpsters behind supermarkets. No need to be squeamish. It doesn’t smell. At least, it doesn’t smell that bad. ;-) Don’t just take the first pallet you find. You’re looking for one with all the boards in good condition, no nails sticking out, no rotting, etc. If you intend to put edibles in your pallet, be sure to find one that was heat treated as opposed to fumigated with pesticides.

Collect Your Supplies

For this project, you’ll need the pallet you found, 2 large bags of potting soil, 16 six packs of annual flowers (one six pack per opening on the face of the pallet, and two six packs per opening on the top of the completed pallet garden), a small roll of landscape fabric, a staple gun, staples, and sand paper.


Read the full post by Fern for step-by-step instructions and more photos.

Eat Your Balcony #2, in conjunction with Fossilisin’ Foods

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on August 9th, 2010

Source: Port Philip EcoCentre

Here’s your chance to get totally practical about growing food in small spaces, and experience some yummy tastings as well! Full day, flexible program of edible gardening demonstrations and healthy food experiences. Come for the whole day, or choose a morning or afternoon session.  The Eat Your Balcony 2 Program includes practical gardening presentations on worm farming, organic pest & disease control; wicking container gardening & potting mix blending, as well as food-focussed presentations including sprouting, mushroom growing and making ‘green smoothies’ using edible weeds (the latter presented by Very Edible Gardens.) Plus there’s an opportunity to join in an informal Fossilisin’ Foods’ community cooking session, tasting dips and preserves made from neighbourhood surplus.

Between breaks you can also pick up some vegie seeds or worm castings from our EcoShop; browse our displays and and chat to the folks from Green Renters, V.E.G and Transition Town Port Phillip. Plus enjoy a vegie. BBQ lunch and afternoon tea!. Entry cost $4 to $10 by donation (sliding scale entry fees apply).

Sunday 22 August, 11am-4.30pm, Port Phillip EcoCentre, Cnr Blessington & Herbert Streets, St Kilda.

RSVP’s essential as places are limited. Contact Paula: 0417 501 383 / 9525 3102 /

Download the Program.