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How to take cuttings

With a little skill, a cutting from a friend or family members plant is a great way to propagate your very own version of their plant. In this My Smart Garden video Horticulturist Craig Castree will give you a step by step of preparing and planting your cutting so its establishes into a new plant.

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Even in our temperate climate, Melbourne can support heat-loving subtropical plants by creating the right microclimates in your garden. Come along to the Sam Merrifield Library in Moonee Ponds tomorrow at 7pm and find out how to grow plants like turmeric, avocado and bananas with expert Karen Sutherland. You can bring some of your harvested seeds and take something new from our Seed Library.

This is a free event but bookings are essential (link in profile).
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The Festival of Food kicks off at 10am this Saturday with a preserving workshop at the Old Laverton School by Maria Ciavarella (@mygreengarden). It’ll be part demonstration, part hands-on and of course very delicious! You’ll learn the techniques for bottling seasonal fruit, sauces and pickles so you can enjoy and share your homegrown produce all year round. 🍒🍎🍑🍅🍐

Free event, bookings essential (link in profile).
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Get a head start on your winter vegie patch by planning early! This Wed 22 Feb at 6:30PM our Planning Your Autumn Garden workshop will help you make the most of pots and plots over the cooler months by learning what to grow, how to grow it and how to make it as productive as possible. We cover soil preparation, plant choice, starting from seed, on-going care and safer pest control.

Free event, bookings required (link in profile)
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Want to expand your Habitat Garden and grow your knowledge about native plant propagation? This Saturday 18 February, Angela from Newport Lakes Native Nursery will walk you through the steps for cutting native plants, preparing your cuttings for planting and the process for planting each cutting. 🌱🌱🌱Participants will be given a selection of cutting materials and media during the workshop to demonstrate the steps involved with propagating native cuttings.

Free event, bookings required (link in profile).
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Do you live in an apartment or unit? Bokashi composting uses a fermented grain to `pickle` your food scraps until they can be buried or dealt with through a regular compost process. This technique is easy to learn and ideal for small spaces.
 
You can learn bokashi in our next event this Sunday 12 February, PLUS a small number of Hobsons Bay residents will be offered a free bokashi bucket and partnership with Altona Community Garden as part of a Bokashi Buddy pilot project. This is a free event, bookings essential via link in profile.

This My Smart Garden event is proudly presented by Hobsons Bay City Council and Altona Community Garden.
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Got any old Xmas trees lying around looking a bit sad? Chop the needles off into chunks and they make excellent mulch for fruit trees and berries 🎄🍓👊 ...

Wishing you a restful festive season and a fruitful 2023 from everyone at the My Smart Garden team! 🪴 ...

Now that most trees have set their crop, it’s a good time to think about thinning aka removing some fruit. It feels a bit counterintuitive but this practice has a few advantages: larger and tastier fruit, reducing pests and disease hiding in tight fruit clusters, reducing risk of branch breakage and more consistent fruit production from year to year. If you decide to do it, think about how much weight each branch can hold, and generally space out the best fruits to a handspan apart. Thinning now = best quality fruit and better fruit trees later 👍🍎🌳 Or leave it alone If you prefer! ...

Zebra beans going strong! 💪 I’ll be putting in a few seeds every month until December and a mix of varieties to spread out the harvest 🌱 ...

Now is a great time to prepare a veggie bed for summer! Watch and learn from our gardening expert, Kat Lavers, as she shows you how to clear a garden bed so it`s ready for new seedlings! Check out the full video on our Youtube channel. Want more DIY gardening tips? Check the My Smart Garden website for upcoming workshops and sign up for our newsletter (link in profile) ...

Thanks to Kate and Millie who are the winners of our latest photo comp! 📸 Here’s more from Kate: My first ever cauliflower! Due to tiny backyard has been heavily shaded in winter. But goes to show that anything is possible! 🥦🥬🥕
Thanks for the opportunity to enter! Kate & Millie
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Is your soil safe for growing food? For years we’ve been recommending the VegeSafe program as a way for home gardeners to access affordable testing of heavy metal contaminants like lead. Great news is EPA VIC are starting their own program, and it’s going to be free (except sample postage costs). Find out more at this Wed 21 Sept: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/whats-in-your-soil-find-out-with-gardensafe-tickets-399343054827 🌱🌱🌱 ...

Nagami cumquats are a friendly snack-size citrus, with a sweet skin and sour flesh that you can eat whole and straight off the tree. Love their distinctive oval shape! Look out for these ripening now around the city, including here at the Newport Community Hub. 🍊 PS. Citrus trees often get a bit yellow at this time of year, but they usually green up when the soil warms up again. ...

Months of slug and snail vigilance has paid off and we’re approaching peak sauerkraut season! Simply cabbage massaged with approx 2% of its weight in salt, stuffed into a jar with a punch or two of spices and boom! 👊 ...

Finally got around to stringing up these chillies to dry. Love edible house ornaments! 🌶🌶🌶 ...

"Thank you for such an excellent resource. I have learnt to pickle veggies from my garden, how to better care for my worms, and have met a lot of people in my street through chatting about gardening"