Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

Living Green Workshops at CERES

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on June 5th, 2013

Have a look at this screen grab of some of the workshops coming up at CERES – they just get better and better.
What are you doing on the weekend?

CERES Workshops

>> download the March-June 2013 brochure 

Sustainable Gardening in Moreland: Free resources & workshops

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 5th, 2012

10 November , 2012
10:30 amto12:30 pm

In collaboration with Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA), Moreland City Council have released a series of booklets on sustainable gardening that can be downloaded for free from their website.  As part of the release of the booklets, the council is offering gardening workshops from October through to January.  Places are limited so book early – the next workshop is a container-gardening session at Peppertree Place in Coburg on November 10.


Edible Weeds in Australia: Guidebook

Posted in Research by Kate Archdeacon on November 2nd, 2012

The Weed Forager’s Handbook: A Guide to Edible and Medicinal Weeds in Australia

Step into the world of our least-admired botanical companions, peel back the layers of prejudice, and discover the finer side of the plants we call weeds. An astonishing number are either edible or medicinal, and have deep and sometimes bizarre connections to human history.

  • But how do you distinguish a tasty sandwich-filler from its dangerous look-alike?
  • Which of these garden familiars is the most nutritious vegetable ever tested by the US Dept of Agriculture?
  • How do you cook with delicious nettles without fear of being stung?

This book reveals all this and more, and will forever change your concept of where to go looking for lunch.

Authors: Adam Grubb and Annie Raser-Rowland (foreword by Costa Georgiadis)


PlantCatching: Website for sharing garden stuff

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on October 29th, 2012

Ever wonder what to do with all your spare herb cuttings, or plants that have outlived their time in your limited garden space?   Nicolas Cadilhac, in Montreal, has developed a website to help with just these issues – PlantCatching.

PlantCatching connects you with gardeners in your area and lets you do two very simple things:

1. Find plants, seeds and bulbs, gardening materials and even fruits and vegetables given by fellow gardeners, either anonymously in a public area, or personally at or near their property.

2. Share your passion by giving your plants, seeds, bulbs and your own harvest crops so that existing members of the site or even passers-by can catch, plant and admire them, or eat them.

The site works here in Melbourne, although it’s sparsely populated at the moment.

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 Green Guide for Melbourne

Posted in Movements, Policies by Kate Archdeacon on May 23rd, 2012

Photoshop image from Do It On The Roof, a campaign for (public) green roofs in Melbourne

From an InDesignLive article by Annie Reid:

Picture this – Melbourne’s city rooftops covered in lush greenery. It may sound fanciful, but a new project launched last week by the City of Melbourne is hoping to green our buildings and houses for good.

The Growing Green Guide for Melbourne was fittingly presented on the rooftop garden of the council’s CH2 building, and will be produced by the Inner Melbourne Action Plan (IMAP) comprising the 4 inner city councils – Melbourne, Yarra, Stonnington and Port Phillip – as well as the University of Melbourne.

The project will comprise a ‘how to’ handbook guide on constructing a green roof or wall, and help people consider all the aspects they need to cover before transforming these spaces into vegetated, leafy habitats. It will also identify prime sites for the future development of green roofs, walls and façades in inner Melbourne, says The University of Melbourne’s senior lecturer, John Rayner.


Read the full article by Annie Reid or visit the City of Melbourne Growing Green Guide site.

FareShare: looking for volunteer market gardeners

Posted in Models, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on February 29th, 2012

FareShare, formerly known as One Umbrella, is an innovative, energetic organisation, rescuing food and fighting hunger.

Since 2001 we have given away healthy, nutritious meals to the hungry and the homeless in Victoria, using food donated by businesses. By ‘rescuing’ food, we mean that it would otherwise be wasted, ending up in landfill. And in saving food from landfill, we also do our bit for the planet by helping to cut methane pollution and reducing demand for new food products. (See our environmental report prepared by Hyder Consulting.)

We are a small, not-for-profit community organisation operating on a very small budget, and with no operational funding from government. But through the tremendous passion and commitment of staff, volunteers and supporters, we continue to increase the amount of food we rescue and nutritious meals we prepare and give away to charities.

We want to establish a crew of volunteers to work in a market garden in the Oakleigh/Clayton area on Wednesdays from 9am to about 4pm. The vegies you will be cultivating and harvesting will be donated back to the FareShare kitchen. This could be each Wed, or fortnightly or monthly. Healthy exercise in the fresh open air – a great way to give back to the community!

Please email to find out more information and to get you started volunteering with FareShare.

Keep your cool with trees and vines

Posted in Events, Uncategorized by kheffer on February 8th, 2012

21 February , 2012
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

Home Harvest Regional Feast: Seeking Growers

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on January 27th, 2012

Source: Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA)

We are looking for volunteers to grow and supply produce for the first Home Harvest Regional Feast. The feast will be held in Eltham (Victoria), so anyone who can get there is welcome to take part. Sign up as a grower and receive a free seasonal meal created using Grower’s produce at the feast. All registered growers will receive a small gift of vegetable seeds.

When: 22nd April, 2012
Where: Edendale, Gastons Road Eltham, Vic
Who: All growers are welcome, no matter what your level of experience or the size of your garden.

To register head to or phone (03) 9433 3206.

Even if you are not from around the area, you can still click here to download your FREE Home Harvest Booklet of practical information on how to grow delicious, healthy produce in the temperate zone and connect with your local community.

Download a pdf with all the Feast info.

Veggie Growers Competition

Posted in Events by EcoCentre on January 25th, 2012

11 February , 2012
11:00 amto2:00 pm

Port Phillip Urban Food Network – PPUFFN – is hosting its first ever veggie growers competition

We’re searching for the best offerings from edible gardens right across Port Phillip. As well be as well as local food growing entrants,  we need spectators to help us decide the winners!  There are 5 entry categories, including best-tasting tomato variety, monster veg &  most unusual edible plant. Plus an honorary award for the most weird and wonderful looking contribution!

$450 prize pool / winners by popular choice / swap tips with other food gardeners.

So,  get ready for some horticultural muscle flexing and  join us on the day!

Full competition entry details

Full prize details

Saturday 11 February, 11am

St Kilda Youth Service Training Site, Cnr Pickles & Richardson St, Port Melbourne
(only 5 mins from Bay St shopping st)

Enquiries: paula – 0417 501 383  /