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Footprint Flicks now available on DVD

Posted in Research by Kate Archdeacon on September 27th, 2011

Source: Sustainable Gardening Australia(SGA)

Whether you’re a first time gardener or a seasoned green thumb, these bite-sized, fast-paced, funny little flicks will get you growing in no time. For the low-down on everything from worm farming and composting to saving water, reducing your food miles and growing incredible edibles, you’ll find it all in these compact episodes of gardening wisdom. Gardening videos like you’ve never seen before. The Footprint Flicks 2 DVD set is available now in our webshop now. 17 short films for just $24.95. Click here to find out more or grab yourself a copy!

Don’t know what the Footprint Flicks are?  There are a couple up on the SGA website for you to preview – Lord of the Bins, DIY Compost, Part 1 & 2. Or read about their launch earlier this year.

Footprint Flicks: Sustainable Gardening Films

Posted in Movements, Research by Kate Archdeacon on July 19th, 2011

Last week, Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) launched their series of Sustainable Gardening short films, Footprint Flicks. Jane Edmanson of ABC’s Gardening Australia launched the films, drawing the connections between gardening for health as well as gardening for local action in response to climate change, and the role of technology in supporting people who want to get involved in gardening.

Helen Tuton from the SGA co-wrote the films with Suzi Taylor from Fingerprint Productions.  Helen says that the films are designed to inspire younger people to garden in a way that benefits the planet, while being fun, informative and appealing.  We were lucky enough to watch some of the films during the launch, and it’s fair to say that they have achieved what they set out to do – the audience roared with laughter, while taking notes on topics such as “DIY Compost: Lord of the Bins”, “Renters’ Guide to Sustainable Gardens”, and “How to be a Good Parent to Your Worms”.

The films will be available to buy on DVD very soon, but in the meantime visit the SGA site for a sneak preview of three of the films; Renter’s Guide to Sustainable Gardening, How to be a Good Parent to Your Worms and OMG I’m Going Grey.

Harvesting Ideas for a Sustainable Future: World Cafe with SGA

Posted in Events, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on February 21st, 2011

26 February , 2011
9:00 amto1:00 pm

Source: Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA)

Graphic by Avril Orloff, reprinted by permission from The World Café Community Foundation at

Join Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) for an exceptional ‘world café’ style event so your voice can be heard. Help us to build on our momentum as a collective in creating a greener future through sustainable gardening. SGA is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation consisting of a small number of staff and many volunteers. Although we have relatively few resources, we are committed to producing strong environmental outcomes and have made significant achievements over the last 7 years.

Who should attend?

  • Home gardeners
  • Environmentalists
  • Community groups
  • Horticulturalists
  • Landscape and nursery industry professionals
  • Local government representatives
  • Anybody who wants to make a positive difference to the communities and world we live in

The world café concept creates conversations about questions that matter by bringing together people with diverse backgrounds and values. Each person’s opinions and ideas are respected and heard. For more about the world café process, we recommend this website –

Saturday 26th February, Melbourne University, Burnley Campus, 9.00am – 1.00pm
Visit the SGA website for more details or to register your attendance.

Community Based Gardens in Bushfire Affected Areas

Posted in Models by Rob Eales on December 7th, 2010

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

Image: DigiSmile STL (aka Rob n Amy C) via flickr CC

From “Community Based Gardens in Bushfire Affected Areas:

In response to the 2009 bushfires’ tragedy, the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust established a special $2 million Bushfires Grants Fund to assist those Victorians affected by the tragedy. In 2010, Sustainable Gardening Australia received $1m from this fund to deliver a 3 year project that will establish and promote community based gardening across Victorian bushfire areas.

This project is designed to contribute to the community recovery process of those Victorians who were directly affected by the Black Saturday bushfires in February 2009. It aims to provide a lasting contribution by helping to rebuild and regenerate through sustainable gardening activities. The project is a partnership between the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, SGA and bushfire affected communities as defined by the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority (VBRRA).

Read more about the project on the SGA website or download the project PDF.

Guide to Wicking Beds: SGA

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on November 25th, 2010

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

From “Fully Wick Mate – Wicking Beds Explained“:

What Is a Wicking Bed and Why Would I Want One?

So, what in the world is a wicking bed? Well, as I explained to a colleague of mine, it’s essentially a giant “self watering pot” in the form of a garden bed. Okay, there is a fair bit more to it then that, but the idea is a garden bed designed to draw water up from a reservoir below, hence “wicking” through the soil directly to the roots. A system devised by Australian engineer Colin Austin, wicking garden beds (and wicking worm beds) are gaining popularity as a wonderfully water wise garden bed alternative.

Drawing water from a reservoir below the growing medium, wicking beds operate on the concept of capillary action, with the soil and plant roots drawing this water upwards as required. Essentially, this means that a properly constructed and maintained wicking bed should have nice, moist soil most of the time, with the roots accessing the water as they require it.

Wicking beds have a number of benefits, both environmentally and horticulturally. Firstly, it’s a fab set up for thirsty gardens (like vegie patches) in areas that have lower rainfall, or are affected by water restrictions. Wicking beds also deliver the water were it’s needed (the plant roots), which minimises water wastage, and can also help to reduce the risk of funky fungal foliage issues. Also, wicking beds are said to be more effective at sequestering atmospheric carbon then many other traditional types of garden bed set ups, meaning it’s a win for us, and the planet.”

Read the full article from the SGA to find out more – including diagrams and feedback in the comments section.  Also check out Sustainable Cities Net for container & vertical gardening in Mexico City.

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

SGA Food Swaps

Posted in Events by fga on May 14th, 2010


One gardener’s glut is another gardener’s lunch!

Sustainable Gardening Australia, a not-for-profit, non-government organisation, has kicked off a series of fruit and vegie “swap meets”, an opportunity for the gardeners of Melbourne to meet once a month, share their extra produce with people who will appreciate it, and swap their bounty of broccoli for another grower’s excess of eggplants!

The swap meets are run in conjunction with the Abbotsford Convent Slow Food Markets on the fourth Saturday of each month, with the next coming up on the 22nd of May.  From 9.30am, gardeners from Melbourne and surrounds are invited to bring any edible excess along, be it fruit, vegies, nuts, seedlings or seeds and swap it with others.  Not only can gardeners fill their larders in exchange for excess vegies, the SGA Fruit and Vegie Swaps are an exercise in sustainability, waste reduction,  and, most importantly, community connectivity.

WHERE: Abbotsford Convent Slow Food Market. 1 St. Heliers Street, Abbotsford  VIC

WHEN   : Saturday May 22 2010 from 9.30am till 11.00am.  Then 4th Saturday of every month.

For more information contact