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Resources for Gardeners

This list is provided in good faith but My Smart Garden cannot guarantee the availability or quality of these resources.


Mulch, compost, manure & seaweed

Moreland City Council click here

Moonee Valley Council click here

Yarra City Council click here

Hobsons Bay Council click here for seaweed and here for manure

Deciduous street tree leaves (e.g. Plane and elm trees - not eucalyptus) can provide an excellent and sustainable source of soft mulch, suitable for vegetables or fruit trees.


Soil contaminant testing

VegeSafe at Macquarie University provide a very affordable soil testing service for common soil metal contaminants


Food swaps

Food swaps are also great places to access free seeds and plants. You can swap your surplus produce, seeds, worm juice, clean jars (for preserves), etc for plants or produce. See a list of local food swaps


Preserving equipment

Seabrook Community Centre has a Fowlers Vacola Preserving Unit for hire (for bottling fruit, tomatoes etc)


Bug identification

What’s that critter in your garden? Museum Victoria has an excellent free Field Guide to Victorian Fauna app, but if you’re still unsure you can submit a high-quality photo.



Do you have a community project that could use a grant? Councils have various grant funds that you may be eligible to receive. Please contact us with your location and a short description of your project, or check the website of your local council



Do you need help planning and setting up your garden on a budget? Permablitzes, can be an excellent place to start on your journey in establishing your own edible garden


Farmers markets

The Victorian Farmers’ Markets Association Inc. (VFMA) is a not for profit membership association that supports and promotes authentic farmers’ markets in Victoria, visit their website to find a list of local farmers market where you can support a local producers.


Recommended reading

See My Smart Garden’s recommended book collection.


Gardening courses 

University of Tasmania periodically offer free online Science of Gardening units

CERES Environmental Park offer a range of gardening courses


Other online material 

ABC Gardening Australia for gardening fact sheets

Sustainable Gardening Australia for seasonal gardening tips

Grow it local to share your garden

Gardenate for information on what to grow when


We are on the lookout for free resources for gardeners across Melbourne- Do you know where to find chemical free sawdust and wood shavings, coffee bean husks or spent grounds, animal manures, wood ash, cardboard or newspaper? Please get in touch