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Water is our most precious resource and Smart Gardens are designed to use it efficiently.

Where possible, we catch rainwater in tanks, but we also divert downpipes and direct runoff from paths, roads and driveways into garden beds. We care for our soil so it can store heavy rainfalls, reducing flash flooding, filtering stormwater to keep local waterways healthy, and cooling our suburbs in summer. We make the most of greywater from our showers and washing machines to irrigate fruit and nut trees, and use other waterwise practices like mulch, drip irrigation, and wicking beds too.

Latest Events

Join free events in your neighbourhood and online. Get your questions answered by local experts with reliable, practical advice. Enjoy tours of inspirational places and meet your local gardening community. Bring any surplus seeds, plants and produce to swap and share too!

Winter Wisdom for Fruit Trees: Pruning and care tips

Winter Wisdom for Fruit Trees: Pruning and care tips

Online event held via Zoom. Participants will receive a link via email once booked.
Free event
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Healthy Soils

Healthy Soils

Mulberry Wy, Altona North VIC 3025, Australia
Free event
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Olives to Oil Westside: Open Day

Werribee Park Community Farm, Gate 5/320 K Rd, Werribee South VIC 3030, Australia
Free event
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Resources

Missed an event? Check out previous event notes and recordings, plus videos from our local gardening experts.

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Private: DIY wicking pot

Wicking pots are a low maintenance way to create a garden which needs very little water and can easily be moved around your garden. In this video Horticulturist Craig Castree will show you how to construct and maintain your very own wicking pot so you can easily grow your produce.
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Private: How to sheet mulch

17.03.22
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Private: How to use greywater

Greywater is water from your washing machine, shower or kitchen and it’s great to use in your garden! In this My Smart Garden Video Horticulturist Scott Hitchins talks about how to safely collect and use greywater your garden. He'll also show you his very own set up of greywater collection from his washing machine.
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Our Focus

My Smart Garden is a free program that will help you grow food, shelter your home from the sun and wind, create homes for native plants and animals, use water wisely and reduce waste. Learn about the five themes:

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Food

Grow your own food with minimum effort and space

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Shelter

Make your home more comfortable all year round

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Water

Use our most precious resource wisely

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Habitat

Create homes for local plants and wildlife

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Waste

Transform waste materials into garden resources

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