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Now that the weather is getting cooler it’s tempting to stop watering your food garden, but just because there are droplets on the leaves doesn’t mean there’s enough water down in the soil where it counts! Check by poking your finger in around the root zone and if doesn’t feel damp then it’s time to water 💦 ...

Last chance to get your garlic in! Shown here with a mulch of autumn leaves and last season’s capsicums. I also plant the teeny tiny cloves around the edges of the bed to pull up and use as green garlic through the winter months 🌱🥰 ...

Alyssum is such a hardworking little plant. All these little flowers to keep winter beneficial insects around, a sweet honey scent and mustard-flavoured flowers to add to salads. All in the smallest of spaces. Winner! 🥇 ...

Winter’s wild edible greens (aka weeds) are probably popping up in your veggie patch right now! Shown here are some of the most versatile and tasty: chickweed (use it like lettuce) and dandelion (use it like radicchio/chicory), and of course stinging nettle (use like spinach) which loses the sting when cooked, blended or wilted. Obviously make sure you’ve Identified them correctly and avoid harvesting from soils that may be sprayed or contaminated. 👍🌱 ...

Indigenous plants can reduce maintenance, create habitat for wildlife and sometimes grow some food for you as well. Here’s a lovely mix of dianella, poa, pigface, myoporum and warrigal greens. These low-growing plants are perfect for nature strip plantings - check with your local council to see what’s allowed in your municipality 👍🌱 ...

Choko vines used to be common in Australian gardens. Their epic production was a real budget stretcher and helped many families through the Great Depression. The mild flavour (think zucchini) blends into curries, soups and stir-fries etc, and they make pretty good poultry fodder if you can’t get through them. We like them best picked young (about cricket ball size). If you have a garden shed, trellis or a deciduous fruit tree for them to scramble over, get hold of one from a friendly gardener (or buy one from a green grocer), wait a few months for it to shoot and half-bury it so the point where it’s shooting is only just above the ground. Then stand back! Warning: thinking of foraging chokes around the neighbourhood? Watch out for a lookalike plant called the Moth Vine (Araujia sericifera) that is a common weed in Melbourne 🌱 ...

Show us your smart garden to win...
We're celebrating the amazing growth of the My Smart Garden community with a photography competition! We want to see all the resilient, smart, adaptable and fruitful gardens you've lovingly laboured over in the past year. 🌱🌱🌱

Share an image of your garden with us and enter our competition to win a $125 gift voucher from your local nursery! 🌳🌻✨

Simply post a 📷 of your garden on Instagram and tag us @mysmartgarden and include #yoursmartgarden in you caption. No Instagram? No worries, simply email your pic to contactus@mysmartgarden.org.au to be in the running. 🌱🌱🌱

Entries close Sunday May 12 with winner announced in our May newsletter. Entries may be featured in our newsletter and on our Instagram. Check our website for Terms and Conditions.
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Dining table looking very autumnal indeed with a mix of seeds and preserves, plus fruits (homegrown and gifted). And some @farmerincubator garlic patiently waiting for me to plant it! 🧄 What’s produce is adorning your table at the moment? ...

Week 4 of feijoa season and we’re still collecting a basket every day from our two little trees! Feijoas (aka pineapple guavas) are a most generous fruit tree, as can also serve other functions such as a screening hedge 🍈💕🌳 ...

What are you saving seeds from this year? These gorgeous speckled cranberry climbing beans have finished drying and are ready for the seed box. Beans are some of the easiest for beginners because they are self-pollinating and can simply dry on the plant before collection. Store your seeds in a tightly sealed container somewhere cool, dark, dry. Seed saving webinar recording and notes on our website - link in profile 👍🌼🐝🌱🌸 ...

An upcycled concrete stepping stone surrounded by native kidney weed (dichondra repens). Pretty, low impact, and also letting all this rain soak into the soil so it can grow plants that keep us cooler in the February heat 👍💦🌱 ...

If you've got a thirsty garden, join us for a free Greywater for Food Gardeners online event this Wednesday evening and we'll share some simple and safe ways to reuse shower and laundry water on productive plants. 💧🍎💦🍊💧See our website for details (link in profile☝️) ...

It’s a scorcher in Melbourne today! Do you have paving that’s too hot to walk on barefoot or a window exposed to sun that’s turning your home into a greenhouse? Grapes on a pergola create the most gorgeous, edible canopy and keep the house cool as a bonus. They’re easy to propagate by taking a cutting in winter - see Propagation notes on our website for more info. Stay cool out there folks 😎💦🌞 ...

Rattlesnake beans are go! 🌱🌱🌱 ...