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  • About Us

    The My Smart Garden program is a highly successful sustainable gardening program concepted and managed by three local councils in inner west Melbourne – Moonee Valley, Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong. We actively strive to build the resilience of local people living with a changing climate and scarcer resources.

  • Organic Pest Control

    We have now come to realise that everything in our gardens interacts with everything else. If you spray to kill a pest, you are leaving an ideal niche for another pest to come along.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Smart Garden Library

    The My Smart Garden library collection contains special books that are recommended for gardeners in the program.

  • 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.

  • Seasonal Vegie Growing Guide

    Use this handy seasonal guide to plan your vegie patch.

  • More Healthy Fruit Trees!

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

  • Grafting and Pruning Fruit Trees

    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 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.

  • 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.

  • Know Thy Soils

    Want to learn more about your backyard soil? Check out the notes to learn about the fundamentals of soil and how you can improve it.

  • 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.

  • 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.