Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Companion Planting for Vegetables Two Day Workshop


Some plants are better together!


In this two day workshop at Brunswick Neighbourhood House, our facilitator Elspeth Brock will show you how to find out what vegetables and flowers can help boost each other's immunity, have similar needs and encourage helpful insects.




                                    Date: Saturday 16th and 23rd September
    Times: 10am-12:30pm
                            Location: Community Garden Rear 
                               of Brunswick Neighbourhood House.           
                        43A De Carle St, Brunswick
  Cost: $35/ $30 Conc
 Bookings essential
Phone : 9386-9418
                 Email: info@bnhc.vic.edu.au





Thursday, August 3, 2017

Annual Grafting Day at the Heritage Apple Collection, Petty's Orchard 6th Aug 10am-1pm



Heritage Fruits Society's annual grafting day at Petty's Orchard is this coming Sunday!

If you're volunteering to help at the event:
  • No special skills are required - willingness to learn and a positive attitude are the only essentials
  • Please arrive around 9.00am to help set things up for the event
  • The first hour or two are usually the busiest - so if you can only come for part of the event, that's when your help would be most appreciated
If you're coming to the event to gawk, natter or maybe even buy stuff, here's what we're offering for sale on the day, all at very reasonable prices:
  • Around 100 varieties of apple scions (budwood), optionally grafted onto rootstock while you wait
  • Scion wood from our other 200-ish apple varieties on request (subject to availability)
  • About 50 varieties of two-year-old pre-grafted apple trees
  • A range of varieties of stone fruit trees (plums, apricots and more)
  • ... and we will also run guided tours of the unique Heritage Apple Collection (sturdy footwear is strongly recommended).
When: Sunday 6 August 2017, 10am to 1pm

Where: 1 Homestead Road, Templestowe - follow the signs and look for the big white marquee
Melway 22 A11

This is their biggest public event of the year, so don't miss it! But if you do, their final grafting day for the year will be at CERES Environment Park, Brunswick next Saturday August 12 from 10am to 1pm.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Backyard Harvest Festival 2017 now includes Darebin and Moreland!


Held annually in November, the Backyard Harvest Festival is a celebration of home food growing traditions. It provides an opportunity for everyone to learn from passionate and knowledgeable local experts from a diversity of cultures.

Visit home gardens, participate in gardening workshops and get inspired to create your own food garden this spring!


The 2017 festival is taking place from Saturday 18 - Sunday 26 November.

For the first time, Darebin Council is partnering with Moreland Council as well as long standing partners Darebin Ethnic Communities Council (DECC) to deliver the festival.

This means there will be even more inspiring and abundant gardens to see this year located in both Darebin and Moreland helping build a strong sense of community around homegrown and homemade food.


Are you interested in volunteering or opening your garden at the next festival?

The festival is built on the generosity of our talented home gardeners who not only open their gardens for tours, but also hold workshops on a wide range of topics such as keeping chickens and quails, water efficient gardens, grafting fruit trees and aquaponics.

Other volunteers help as a guide or translator for home gardeners. They benefit first hand from the wealth of food cultivating skills shared by passionate gardeners from a diversity of cultures.

Visit the Darebin Council event page to fill out the on-line Expression of Interest form.

For more information contact Council on 9240 1111.
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