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  • Harvesting and Reusing Water

    During dry periods we can still grow our own food through smart design and water efficient gardening. Check out the notes and learn more about harvesting, storing and distributing rainwater in the garden.

  • Beat the Heat! Water-wise edible gardens

    Everything you need to know about keeping your garden alive and thriving in the heat. Topics include choosing drought tolerant plants, providing shade and windbreaks for veggies, storing water in tanks and in the soil, using mulch and compost to retain water and drip irrigation.

  • Drip Irrigation Design Guidelines

    Drip irrigation is the most efficient method of irrigating. While sprinkler systems are around 75-85% efficient, drip systems typically are 90% or higher. What that means is much less wasted water!

  • Using Grey Water in the Garden

    Re-using at least some of your wastewater on site fits in with permaculture principles, reducing your impact on the environment, as no resources are being used to process it off site. Many areas of Australia have been in drought for years, with garden water availability either limited or curtailed. In these situations, grey water may be the only way to have a garden.

  • Become a worm farm connoisseur

    Are you unsure if creating a worm-home in the garden is for you? Wondering what all the fuss about worm tea is? And what about feeding them, smelling them and getting grandma to babysit them on the holidays? Then read on...

  • Permaculture in Pots

    Living in a rental property, having a small yard or balcony, or just wanting to keep things small at first, are all good reasons for doing your best to pack as much as possible into what soil space you do have while utilising as much of the available sunlight as possible. To learn more about permaculture in pots and gardening in small spaces, check out these workshop notes.

  • The 'No Dig' Garden

    No dig gardens are, in effect, composting gardens. To learn more about how you can create a no dig garden, check out these workshop notes.

  • Balcony Gardening

    How do you maximise your harvest in a little space or in pots? Check out these workshop notes to learn more.

  • Design an edible garden

    A great garden starts with a great design. It also means you can increase the productivity of your garden with a lot less work. Using the principles of permaculture, these notes show you how to design a food garden to produce an abundant oasis.

  • Getting Started Growing Veggies

    There are a few basic requirements for plants. Location, water and healthy soil. Get these right and you'll be set up to have a productive veggie garden that's a pleasure to work in. Check out these start-up notes.

  • Vegie gardening for beginners

    Want to start growing your own food but don’t know where to start? Read about the basics including soil and plant nutrition, pest control, traditional and no-dig veggie patches, and easy herbs and veggies to ensure first time success.

  • Home grown brambles

    'Brambles' come from the genus Rubus, subgenus Eubatus, and include Logan, Boysen, Young, Marion, Silvan, Lawton, Dirksen Thornless, Lockness, Karaka, Thornfree, Chester and Smoothstem blackberries. These notes include designs and notes for bed establishment, training, fertilising, and timing of planting.

  • Intro to organic gardening

    Gardening organically cuts out the addition of chemicals and pesticides, giving you healthier food and a healthier environment. To learn more about how you can make your first steps into organic gardening, check out these workshop notes.

  • Creating a food forest

    These notes show you how to create a 'food forest' - a diverse mix of edible plants covering the ground right up to the tree'd canopy. Just like other forests, various plants complement and support each other while providing a rich variety of harvests. Learn more with these notes.

  • Sustainable Gardening in Hobsons Bay

    Sustainable Gardening Australia has produced an excellent guide for gardeners in Hobsons Bay with information on design, soil, compost, water, habitat gardening, weeds, as well as places to enjoy local native plants. To download the guide, click here

  • Free (or very cheap) Resources for Gardeners

    Free resources include mulch, compost, plants, seedlings and much more.

  • Seed Saving

    Interested in saving your own seed? These notes discuss the selection, harvesting, cleaning and storage of seeds from your vegie garden.

  • Growing Vegies in Winter