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  • Make your own wicking planter box

    A self-watering or wicking planter box is a great way to grow veggies and herbs with much less water and maintenance than conventional plant pots. These notes show you how to build one from low-cost materials.

  • 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!

  • Composting in the City

    A compost bin or pile in the garden can work really well but it is also possible to compost in a very limited space like a courtyard, balcony or even a kitchen bench top.

  • Beginners' guide to compost and worms

    Find out about different composting and worm farming techniques, how to trouble shoot common problems and how beneficial the compost and worm castings are to your garden.

  • Making Italian preserves

    Learn the Italian way to make tomato passata, green tomato pickles and much more.

  • Wild Greens

    Many weeds commonly found in our backyards are actually highly nutritious and tasty and have been eaten as 'wild greens' in other cultures for centuries. These notes show you how to harvest edible wild greens and turn them into simple and nutritious pies, salads and omlettes.

  • 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.

  • Managing & Keeping Healthy Fruit Trees

    Do you want to take better care of your fruit trees? Learn about many of the aspects of caring for fruit trees here, such as choosing trees to suit your garden, feeding and pruning.

  • More Healthy Fruit Trees!

    It’s amazing how much tasty fruit you can grow in a small back yard.

  • Growing Organic Vegies at Home - FAQs

    Organic gardening aims to minimise artificial chemical input into the garden, so it excludes the use of synthetic fertilisers and harmful pesticides.

  • 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.

  • Propagation: growing from seeds, cuttings and division

    Fill your garden with amazing edible and useful plants for low or no cost! Learn all the secrets of propagating plants from seed, cuttings and division.

  • Citrus in the home garden

    Citrus trees are an important part of any edible garden, providing a fresh, tangy and nutritious addition to a sustainable kitchen, even in the depths of winter.

  • The drought-busters

    My Smart Garden promotes a different type of garden - one that will help you adapt to the hotter days and more variable rainfall as a result of our changing climate.

  • 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.

  • Growing Veggies from Seed Successfully

    A guide to successfully growing your own vegetables from seeds!