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Edible Gardens Open Day: Flemington and Ascot Vale

Posted in Events by kheffer on April 11th, 2012

22 April , 2012
10:00 amto3:00 pm

Launching Kyneton Edible Gardens: Mega Working Bee

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 14th, 2012

24 March , 2012
25 March , 2012
Source: Kyneton Transition Hub

Swale Workshop: Photo by green-house via flickr CC

Come and join the fun and learning at the launch of Kyneton Edible Gardens, a new initiative of the Kyneton Transition Hub. It will be launched with its first working bee and workshop on 24—25th March. This will be a mega-blitz that we hope will become a showcase for the town and for our group.

We promise a fun and productive time. Kyneton Edible Gardens group consists of people who come together as a community to help each other design and establish a sustainable, efficient and edible garden.

The location for our first working bee and workshop is a town block that belongs to one of our members. The activities will include: installing swales in a gently sloping backyard; revamping the chook run around the original chook house and providing small ponds for the ducks; establishing a herb spiral; rendering a north-facing wall to provide for a passion fruit vine; and planting vegetables and fruit trees.

There will be a workshop on brewing and using compost tea and you can take some home for your own garden.
No gardening experience is necessary.
Come for Saturday, Sunday or both.

Healthy lunch provided, with drinks and nibbles after 4 pm for those who wish to stay for a while.

Please bring your favourite gardening gloves and tools if you have them.

Visit the Kyneton Transition Hub website for more information and contact details.

Attracting Wildlife to Your Backyard

Posted in Events by samgreen on October 26th, 2011

9 November , 2011
12:30 pmto1:30 pm

Endangered: Regent Honeyeater.  Photo by marj k via flickr CC

How we garden makes a big difference to the health of our local environment – water conservation, growing our own chemical free food and creating wildlife habitat all help keep our environment healthy.

In this session you will learn how you and your community can create food, water, shelter and nesting sites for birds, bees, frogs, butterflies and other wildlife in your garden and local neighbourhood.

Date: Wednesday 9 November 2011, 12.30-1.30pm
Location: Reception Room, Maribyrnong Council Offices, cnr Hyde & Napier Sts Footscray

To register please visit or contact Council’s Sustainability Officer on 03 9688 0357 for more information.

Northcote Library Food Garden: Launch & Garden Party

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 29th, 2011

3 September , 2011
11:00 amto3:00 pm

The Northcote Library Food Garden‘s Official Launch and Garden Party
Saturday September 3rd from 11am

Please come and celebrate the opening of Northcote’s newest community garden with us.

  • Melbourne Ukulele Kollective play from 11am.
  • Food Swap 11am – 12pm. Participate in the Urban Harvest swap. Bring your excess garden produce and swap it for something you don’t have!
  • Official Launch – 11.15am. Join Cr Diana Asmar, Mayor of Darebin, as she launches the garden, the 2011/2012 Backyard Harvest Festival and Darebin’s Sustainable Food and Gardening guides.
  • Garden Tour and Talk – 11. 45am. Join local permaculturalist and Food Forest expert, Angelo Eliades, to reflect on the 2011 International Year of Forests and the role that Urban Food Forests can play in local food production.
  • Children’s Gardening Workshop – 12.15pm. Plant a sunflower, pot your own seedling to take home, visit our garden’s busiest workers, the earthworms, and create some garden art.
  • Free Gardening Workshops 12.45pm – Seasonal Planting & Preparation Find out what to plant and how to prepare your garden beds for the Spring season.
  • Fruit Tree Care – 1.15pm. Yellow leaves? Creepy-crawlies? Low production? Find out how to keep your fruit trees healthy and productive throughout Spring and Summer.

We would appreciate a RSVP to the Children’s Gardening Activities and Workshops. Please email with your name and preferred activity.

DIY Sustainable Garden Design with SGA

Posted in Movements, Research by Kate Archdeacon on August 19th, 2010

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

The Sustainable Garden Design Series aims to help gardeners design or redesign (build or rebuild) their gardens as sustainable landscapes. Each month we will take you through the steps necessary to ensure the best possible outcome for all your hard work!

Autumn is a good time to make changes to your garden in southern Australia – especially after the first rains, as the soil is still warm and the plants will have an opportunity to get established before the next dry season. So now is a good time to start thinking about it and to prepare a plan.

The Principles of Sustainable Landscape Design:

1. minimise the requirement for energy inputs.
2. minimise the requirements for high water inputs, above that which naturally occurs in the particular region.
3. maximise opportunities for biodiversity at all levels.
4. maximise vegetative biomass.
5. maximise the opportunity for the growth of produce and other useful materials.
6. minimise the risk of weed-escapees moving into native habitats.
7. minimise or eliminate the use of materials that disrupt, destroy, pollute or damage natural systems/communities where they are sourced.
8. minimise the risk of disruption, pollution or interference to other systems.

Part 1 – Getting Started
Part 2 – Your Needs, Wants and Budget
Part 3 – Drawing up the Design
Part 4 – Choosing Plants
Part 5 – The Soft Landscape
Part 6 – The Hard Landscape
Part 7 – Water Gardens