Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Sustainable Gardening in Moreland - free resources from Moreland City Council

Moreland City Council is proud to release two new gardening booklets this spring:
  • Sustainable Gardening in Moreland - Tips and tools to help you develop your own sustainable garden haven 
  • Home Harvest - How to grow your own delicious fresh food
Download a copy of the booklets from Council’s website or visit one of Councils Citizen Services Centres for a hardcopy.

Sustainable Gardening workshops
As part of the release of these booklets, Council is offering a range of FREE gardening workshops in partnership with local community and garden groups across Moreland.

Presented by qualified horticulturalists from Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA), these workshops will provide you with the practical skills to get your garden up and growing.

Workshops are open to all residents but spaces are limited so book early. Call Council’s Operation Centre on 8311 4300 to reserve your place. See this flyer for more information.

Refreshments will be available at each workshop. Copies of the booklets will also be available at these sessions.

Herbalicious (1 hour) - A little sage advice on how to grow happy herbs in no thyme
Wednesday - 31 October - 6 pm – 7 pm
Fawkner Community House, (As part of Fawkner Fiesta) 79 Jukes Road, Fawkner

Sustainable garden design (1 hour) - The basics on designing a sustainable garden
Wednesday - 31 October - 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Fawkner Community House, (As part of Fawkner Fiesta) 79 Jukes Road, Fawkner

Gardening in small pots and spaces - Productive pots or small plots, gardens to fit anywhere
Saturday 10 November - 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Peppertree Place (as part of Garden Fiesta) 512 Sydney Road, Coburg

Organic Pest Control - Simple strategies to keep the bugs away without the spray
Sunday 11 November - 12 noon – 2 pm
Merri Corner Community Garden, Corner Harrison and Donald Streets, Brunswick East

No Dig Vegie gardens - Setting up and growing in no-dig beds, including raised garden beds.
Saturday 24 November - 11 am – 1 pm
Mulberry Gardens, 120 Glenroy Road, Glenroy

Organic Soil Management - Dig deeper and get some simple tips for healthy productive dirt
Sunday 13 January - 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
West Brunswick Community Garden, Dunstan Reserve, Everett Street, Brunswick West

Monday, October 22, 2012

Stewart Lodge Annual Plant Sale - Saturday 27th October 1-am-1pm (Brunswick)

Stewart Lodge (83-85 Stewart St, Brunswick) will hold its annual plant sale and BBQ on Saturday 27th October from 10am -1pm.

The Stewart Lodge Wellbeing Garden engages residents and local volunteers in tending a kitchen garden which provides fresh produce for meals and incorporates garden therapy activities for residents to increase physical activity and mental wellbeing.

All proceeds from the sale will go back into growing and maintaining the garden.

If you would like to find out more about the garden, make a donation or become a volunteer please call Stewart Lodge on 9387 6942.

Garden & Gather Event - Sunday 28th October 11am – 3pm (West Brunswick)

Garden & Gather is a monthly public event that takes place on the 4th Sunday of every month at the West Brunswick Community Garden and Food Forest in Dunstan Reserve, West Brunswick. Everyone is welcome to go along!

This month’s event will focus on the food forest and will include:

  • Planting, mulching, weeding and tidying up
  • A chat about some of the plants in the Food Forest
  • Training of vines and tightening pergola wires
  • Tasty, refreshing afternoon tea and great conversation
  • A food swap where you can exchange any surplus home grown food you might have

Make new friends and get a few tips about gardening and growing food. If the last few sessions are anything to go by, everyone will get lots done and leave feeling tired and satisfied and knowing more of their neighbours.

Past events have seen lots of pruning, planting, weeding and mulching as work has got underway on rejuvenating the Dunstan Reserve Food Forest (a public urban orchard of mature fruit, nut and olive trees) as part of a project funded by City of Moreland Council. In coming months, the focus of activity will extend to rebuilding the adjacent community garden.

Sound appealing? Get involved, go along!

To help provide enough refreshments, please RSVP by email to grow.eat.moreland@gmail.com or by mail to PO Box 59, Pascoe Vale South, VIC 3044.

What: Garden and Gather
When: Sunday 28th October. 11am – 3pm
Where: Dunstan Reserve Food Forest. Dunstan Reserve, West Brunswick. Enter off Everett St or Peacock St, between Albion and Moreland Rds.

For more information please check the website

Friday, October 12, 2012

Veg In Veg Out at Merri Corner this weekend

Hi everyone,

If you’re around this Sunday 14 October, the monthly Veg In Veg Out session is on from 11am - 12pm at the Merri Corner Community Garden (MCCG), corner Donald & Harrison Streets, Brunswick East

There is always the opportunity to chat with fellow gardeners, share some tips, swap some seeds and share excess produce.  Come down to see how the seeds are going that have been planted for Summer crops – lots of lovely basil, tomatoes, capsicums, eggplants and more which will be shared out amongst gardeners at Veg In Veg Out when they are ready.

All are welcome, not just plot holders from the Merri Corner Community Garden - so please pop by if you can!

Happy Gardening,


The Vegie Patch - learn about getting started with vegie growing at 400 Volt Men's Shed (Hadfield)

The Vegie Patch
A new course with Horticulturalist Judy Allen at 400 Volt Men's Shed. Classes on Thursday or Saturday to suit everyone.

  • Finding and preparing a vegie patch, window sill gardening - Propagating by seed, cuttings, plant division,
  • Making your own pots
  • Making a wicking bed, mulch and composting
  • Problem solving, make your own organic sprays to combat pests and diseases, make your own fertilizer

When - Thursdays or Saturdays 10am to 12noon
Dates - Thursday 8 to 29 November or Saturday 10 November to 1 December 4 sessions in total
Cost - $88 / $66 concession including materials
Where - 400 Volt Men’s Shed, 1 Walter Street, Hadfield

Bookings through: Sussex Neighbourhood House, 235-237 Sussex St, Coburg North 3058
Phone: 03 9354 2210
Email: enquiries@sussexnh.org.au

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Plantcatching: How I will stop committing unnecessary planticide and meet my neighbours

I'm an enthusiastic propagator.

I particularly like taking softwood cuttings and I'm proud to say I have some success in this. No doubt I'm enthusiastic because of this.

Surprisingly however, my success leads to quite a few dead plants. I end up with too many and run out of people willing to take them off my hands.

For me, that's why Plantcatcher is a brilliant idea. It will hopefully find homes for all those plants that might otherwise end their days in my compost bin.

Plantcatcher is a website that...wait, here's how they put it:
"connects you with gardeners in your area and lets you do two very simple things: 
1. Find plants, seeds and bulbs, gardening materials and even fruits and vegetables given by fellow gardeners, either anonymously in a public area, or personally at or near their property. 
2. Share your passion by giving your plants, seeds, bulbs and your own harvest crops so that existing members of the site or even passers-by can catch, plant and admire them, or eat them."
If you have something you want to give away, add details of what you have to the website and it will help you print a handy label with details of the plant and how to get more info. You get to decide how you want to make the plant available (put it somewhere public or ask people to contact you to arrange handover). It's very easy to do.

If you're looking for a plant, search by putting in your suburb and it will show you what's available in your area. To see an example try looking for Coburg, Australia (it's an international site).

We have a healthy food/edibles swap scene here in Moreland with at least one food swap every weekend but this doesn't work for everyone. I think there's room for Plantcatching as well.

Web: http://plantcatching.com

Monday, October 8, 2012

Film Screening: Growing Change: A Journey Inside Venezuela's Food Revolution - Oct 16th (City)

Growing Change: A Journey Inside Venezuela's Food Revolution                   
Speaker: Neesh Wray, Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance                      
Tuesday, October 16, 6:30pm (cheap meal from 6pm). Resistance Centre, level 5, 407 Swanston St, City (opposite RMIT). An inspiring new documentary that looks at one of the most exciting experiments in the world to build a fair and sustainable food system.

It follows filmmaker Simon Cunich's journey to understand why current food systems leave hundreds of millions of people in hunger. It's a journey to understand how the world will feed itself in the future in the face of major environmental challenges.

Organised by Green Left Weekly & Socialist Alliance.                                           

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Applications for the 2013 Sustainable Living Festival are closing 1 November

The Sustainable Living Festival raises awareness and provides tools for change by showcasing leading solutions to the ecological and social challenges we face, it aims to inspire and empower everyday Australians to accelerate the uptake of sustainable living.

The SLF are now calling for events throughout Victoria happening between 9 and 24 Feb 2013, the SLF would love you to host an event in your community, and time it to fit within this fortnight.

In the past groups have held all kinds of events; expert panels speaking about environmental and climate change issues, cooking classes, gardening workshops, music performances, tours of parks and gardens, art exhibitions, farmers markets and so much more!

We want groups all around the state to hold their own event which explores and promotes sustainable living. Register your event at festival.slf.org.au so that we know it is happening.  Check out the 2012 Festival promo: http://vimeo.com/44715153   

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Pop up Patch: bringing food growing (and bees) to Fed Square

Close your eyes and imagine if somehow we could create a lovely food growing oasis in the city.

Why not take the opportunity to cover up a bit of nasty concrete with something green and lush that might help reduce the urban heat island effect AND on top of that host some more bees in the city.

What if we could help restaurants and bars in the city grow food close to where they're cooking to reduce food miles.

Now how about if there were people around everyday to help you learn how to grow food.

Wouldn't that be awesome?

Friday, October 5, 2012

PepperTree Place Edibles Swap - Saturday 6th October

(Sorry this is so late!)

Suffering (?) a bounty of produce? Sick to the back teeth of the same home grown veg? Don't fret, you are not alone and there is a solution!

Take yourself and your surplus produce down to PepperTree Place for the Coburg Edibles Swap this Saturday and swap it for someone else's excess home grown amazingness. The Cafe and plant nursery are open too.

If you haven't visited this fantastic oasis of calm in the centre of Coburg, find something you have too much of in the garden and get down there and have a look.

Even if you don't have anything to swap, get down and meet your neighbours.

When: 1st Saturday of each month - 10am - 12 noon

Where: PepperTree Place, 512 Sydney Road, Coburg (corner of Sydney Road and Bell Street)

Cost: FREE!

What: Coburg Edibles Swap is a fun local gathering where people swap excess homegrown produce and gardening extras. Items may include fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs, seeds, seedlings, recipes, gardening tips and worm juice just to name a few.

How: Swaps are run on an honesty system. Swappers bring their produce and then 'shop' from the table of goods left by others. The exchange should be a fair reflection of what has been given, i.e. eggs for lemons, herbs for chilies.

Contactinfo(at)kildonan.org.au or Claire on 0431 494 773

Rushall Garden (North Fitzroy) Community Garden Open Day - 13th October


When: Saturday October 13, 2012, from 1 pm – 4 pm


  • Garden Tours
  • Plant and seedling sale
  • Sausage sizzle & Cold Drinks
  • Home grown produce
  • Home made goodies
  • Raffle

Where: Rushall Garden is located in the Thomas Kidney Reserve on Rushall Crescent, North Fitzroy. Melways Map 30 D11. (Behind the grassy knoll at the end of Kneen St.)

Come and learn about community gardening and the importance and joy that can be gained from growing and sharing fresh produce from the garden

Further information about the garden is available from the Rushall Garden website

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Learn to Garden, Harvest and Cook for a Healthy Life

10 week course for two hours a week

Do you live in the City of Darebin? 
Are you interested in growing vegetables, fruit and herbs, gardening and learning how to cook healthy food in a friendly, community setting?

Where:      Sprout Community Garden
40 Clapham Street, Thornbury
(Cnr Clapham and Watt Streets – beside Thornbury Train Station)

When:        10.00 – 12.00 Fridays x 10 weeks
October 12th – December 14th, 2012

*FREE to Eligible Applicants living in Darebin
(Eligibility Criteria: unemployed or casual or part-time workers or people from a non-English speaking
background or Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders or pensioners or people with a disability or carers).

Bookings, enquiries and enrolments: 9480 0466
Photo courtsey of Mulberry Gardens

Delivered by Sprout in partnership with Thornbury Women’s Neighbourhood House and
The City of Darebin.

Return of the Sacred Kingfisher Festival

Monday, October 1, 2012

Local, Organic, Avocados, Oranges and Olive Oil: order by Tues night (2nd Oct)

Eaterprises Fair Food Offer: Connecting Farmers and Eaters

Eaterprises works to transform the way food is produced and consumed, by initiating, incubating and fostering activities that connect farmers and eaters and support the proliferation of local food systems. This social enterprise seeks fair reward and respect for farmers and affordable, good food for everyone.

Order Online: local, organic avocados, oranges and olive oil by Tuesday night (2nd Oct) and collect from PepperTree Place this Swap Sat, Oct 6th, 10am - 12noon, or choose one of 7 other pick up locations across Melbourne.

This Swap Saturday at PepperTree Place brings you good food, affordable plants, community connections and the chance to build your very own sukkah as part of the Jewish Festival of Booths!

When: Saturday, Oct 6th, 10am - 12noon
Where: 512 Sydney Rd., Coburg
  • The Coburg Home-Grown Edibles Swap,
  • PepperTree Community Nursery,
  • Cafe Cooperative,
  • Food, Faith and Fabric Fun (Jewish Festival of Booths),
  • Eaterprises fair food collection,
  • and the Craft Cooperative.
Contact: Claire Hetzel 0431 494 773 or chetzel(at)kildonan.org.au

We have also set the date for our Annual Garden Fiesta so pencil in November 10th, 10am - 4pm for a day of great music, delicious food, plant sales, kids activities, roving performers, free workshops and much much more. We hope to see you there!
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