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
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 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
Seabrook Community Centre has a Fowlers Vacola Preserving Unit for hire (for bottling fruit, tomatoes etc)
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
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.
See My Smart Garden’s recommended book collection.
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