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Gardens for Harvest

Community garden overlooking Mt Dandenong

Would you like to grow your own fresh vegetables and fruit at home and not sure where to start?
Are you already growing your own food and would like to learn more to increase your harvest?

We've partnered with Yarra Ranges Council to bring you the Gardens for Harvest program. It aims to help build skills and knowledge in how to grow your own fresh fruit and veggies and how to maintain a veggie garden.

The Knox Gardens for Harvest program is run by the Sustainable Futures team.

  • Which plants will grow best in your garden
  • How to grow and propagate them
  • How to use them in everyday cooking

Why grow your own fresh food at home?

  • Food harvested fresh from your garden tastes better - and it has increased nutrient levels!
  • Growing food at home reduces food waste, transport and packaging.
  • Gardening is a great hobby that keeps us active and outdoors
  • Growing your own food means you can be in charge of how your food is produced (eg chemical free)
  • Getting your kids involved in growing food for your family will help them to learn about where food comes from and assists with development of many life skills.

Building Healthy Soils

Learn about the importance of healthy soils in a productive garden, how to identify soil types, and techniques for improving soil.

Event Details

  • Date Tuesday 1st October, 2019
  • Time 7.00pm - 9.00pm
  • Address Knox Civic Centre - Function Room 3, 511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South
  • Cost Free - Bookings are essential
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Growing Veggies Playgroup Play Day Workshop

  • Date Wednesday 16 October 2019
  • Time 10.00am - 11.30am
  • Address West Gully Children and Family Centre, Playgroup Outdoor Back Yard, Dobson Street, Ferntree Gully
  • Cost Free
  • Enquiries Contact Sharon Bradford on 9298 8348 or email play

    Growing Veggies Playgroup Play Day Workshop flyer

Knowing and Growing Great Tomatoes Workshop

Get prepared for tomato growing season! Horticultural expert and author of 'Tomato: Know, Sow, Grow, Feast', Penny Woodward, will share her knowledge on the many varieties of heirloom tomatoes available to gardeners, and tips on how to ensure you get a bumper tomato crop this summer.

  • Date Saturday 26 October 2019
  • Time 10.00am - 11.30am
  • Address Knox Civic Centre, Room 4, 511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South
  • Cost Free - Bookings are essential
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This workshop is also being run in Montrose on Wednesday 23rd October 2019.

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    Introduction to Composting and Worm Farming Workshop

    Composting and worm farming are great ways to reduce your food waste at home, while also creating valuable soil improvers and fertilisers for your veggie garden. Join the Gardens for Harvest team and compost guru, Maria Ciavarella to learn how to start or improve an existing compost system in your backyard, and how to use your compost products for a healthy vegetable garden.

    • Date Tuesday 26th November 2019
    • Time 7.00pm - 9.00pm
    • Address Knox Civic Centre, Room 3, 511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South
    • Cost Free - Bookings are essential
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    This workshop is also being run in Lilydale on Monday 25th November.

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      Join our FREE Gardens for Harvest program

      It only takes a couple of minutes to sign up online and members will receive:

      • A welcome kit, which includes a copy of our Gardens for Harvest guide book, 'What to Plant When' guide and local nursery guide.
      • Invitations to workshops on various gardening topics.
      • Access to Gardens for Harvest competitions and special offers.

      Sign up for Gardens for Harvest.

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      Please contact us if you have any questions about the Gardens for Harvest program and make sure you 'Like' us on Facebook:


      Is your organisation interested to get involved?

      We have worked with a number of community groups, including local Community Gardens and Neighbourhood Houses to help deliver workshops and activities.

      In 2019, we will continue to grow the program and get more people growing. If you would like to speak to us about how your organisation could be involved, please call Knox City Council on 9298 8000 and speak to one of our Gardens for Harvest team or email gardensforharvest@knox.vic.gov.au

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