We grew a little bit of food before on a small balcony in Germany, but when we moved to a larger rental property in Altona we thought of expanding our garden but didn’t really know how and where to start and what to grow. We joined My Smart Garden in January 2018 after seeing a…

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Anne and John Heyes’ gardening story spans two homes, a decade-long drought, heat-wave innovation, and a complete change of approach toward gardening. In 2012 they ended up winning City West Water’s Healthy Sustainable Garden competition from hundreds of entries. This is their story.

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On a brisk April morning in 2015 My Smart Garden and Moonee Valley City Council partnered with the folk of Flemington Farmers’ Market to run our first Paddock to Plate event. The day was a celebration of local, seasonal produce with Emma Dean, Masterchef 2013 running delicious cooking demo’s, Scott Hitchins taking small-space gardening workshops, and market-goers connecting with producers…

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Smart Gardens take many forms: as traditional veggie beds, home orchards, rambling multi-layered food forests, or as portable, potted gardens on balconies, patios and doorsteps. And, as our climate changes, our approach to gardening must change too. A smart garden takes a more sustainable approach to home gardening across five main elements: Food: improving access to healthy, local…

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