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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.

  • The Urban Apiarist: Backyard beekeeping

    Have you ever considered having your own bee hive in the backyard? The idea might not be appealing at first but once you get one, you wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Smart Garden Library

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.