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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Controlling pests naturally

    Discover the wondrous soil microbes, and the problematic and beneficial insects in your garden. These notes will teach you how to improve the health of your soil, how to attract the good bugs to control the unwanted ones, and how to control pests the organic way.

  • 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.

  • Perennial plants

    A wonderful overview on the delicious range of Perennial plants

  • Smart Garden Communities

    Melbourne’s inner-west is a rich patchwork quilt of bountiful community gardens. If you are challenged with lack of space, get in touch with a community garden near you today...