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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.

Knox Sustainable Living Festival

Eating seasonally, growing locally, and living sustainably has never been more important than now. Be inspired to join us for a week of FREE events and displays at Ferntree Gully Library as part of the National Sustainable Living Festival 2019.

What's On

  • Beeswax Food Wraps with Laura from Little Bumble
  • Sustainable Storytimes for Children with Susan from Knox Community Gardens
  • Edible Native Foods with Julie Weatherhead of Peppermint Ridge Farm
  • Vegetable Gardening Tips with members of the Knox Community Gardens
  • Permaculture & Common Edible Weeds with Kathleen Daalmeyer.

When: Monday 11 to Friday 15 February from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Ferntree Gully Library 1010 Burwood Highway Ferntree Gully

Bookings essential. For further information contact 9800 6455 or online

Knox National Playgroup Week Event

Do you have children or grandchildren who would like to learn how to keep chickens?

Why not come along to the Knox National Playgroup Week Event on the 19th March. Fleur from BookAChook will be there with her chickens to share how to set up chooks in your own backyard.

There will also be:

  • Storytime session with Fiona
  • Art and Craft activities
  • Playdough, sandplay and indoor play
  • Paul Jamieson performance
  • Knox Toy Library

  • Date Tuesday 19 March 2019
  • Time 10.00 am-12.30 pm
  • Address Ferntree Gully Community Arts Centre, 1010 Burwood Highway, Ferntree Gully
  • Cost Free
  • Info For babies to preschoolers all welcome!
  • Enquiries Call Sharon Bradford on 9298 8348. Further information.

Growing Veggies Playgroup Playday Workshop

Experience planting and growing veggies together with your children or grandchildren.

Come experience with us:

  • Why keep/start gardening at any age;
  • Garden design, maintenance and safety tips for garden enjoyment;
  • Where and how to access community resources;
  • Outdoor and Indoor play;

  • Date Wednesday 20 March 2019
  • Time 10.00 am-11.30 am
  • Address West Gully Children & Family Centre, Playgroup Outdoor Back Yard, Dobson Street, Ferntree Gully
  • Cost Free, but bookings are essential. Book by 19 March.
  • Info For babies to preschoolers all welcome!
  • Enquiries and Bookings Call Sharon Bradford on 9298 8348 or email play

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.

Need more information?


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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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