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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?

Gardens for Harvest is a program for Knox residents. 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 Gardens for Harvest program is run by the Sustainable Futures team of Knox City Council.

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.

Free Gardening Workshops

We have four great workshops in May and June with the Gardens for Wildlife team. Places are limited and bookings are essential!

Beginners Guide to Compost and Worms

Presented by Very Edible Gardens.

Learn the art and science of how to team with worms and microbes to turn waste into rich organic topsoil - the cornerstone of organic gardening and ultimately human health.

Date: Thursday 18 May, 2017.
Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm.
Address: Ferntree Gully Community Centre and Library, 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully.


Pest Repellent Plants and other Organic Solutions to Garden Pests and Diseases

Presented by Penny Woodward.

Do you have problems with pests in your garden but not sure how to manage them in a way that has minimal negative impact and maximum positive impact on the environment?
Penny will share her knowledge on how to treat short term pest problems and create long term garden design solutions so pests and predators live in balance.

Date: Monday 29 May, 2017.
Time: 10am - 12pm.
Address: Knox Civic Centre - Room 4, 511 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South.


Know and Improve Your Soil

Presented by Very Edible Gardens.

Would you like to know your soil better? In this workshop, you will learn the basics of what constitutes soil and how to improve it. You can bring some of your own garden soil along as we pull out the microscopes, pH kit and use our fingers to help investigate your soil for structure, pH and biology. We also cover dealing with contaminated soils, and general strategies for good soil including mineral and organic fertilisers, compost and worms.

Date: Thursday 15 June, 2017.
Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm.
Address: Ferntree Gully Community Centre and Library, 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully.


Introduction to Composting and Worm Farming

Presented by Vasili
Whether you are new to composting and worm farming, or you have some experience but need help to solve some problems, this is the workshop for you!

Having your own home compost heap or worm farm is a great way to create your own fertiliser and soil conditioner for the garden. It also helps to recycle waste products from your home and reduces waste going into your rubbish bin.

Composting expert, Vasili, will share tips on how to create a healthy compost heap or worm farm, and how to use these products on your garden. There will also be time to ask your composting and worm farming questions.

Date: Friday 23 June, 2017.
Time: 9:30am - 11:30am.
Address: Knox Civic Centre - Room 4, 511 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South.


For more information about these workshops, please contact Barb Jordan on 9298 8000 or email

Join the Gardens for Harvest program today!

If you would like to join the program, please fill out our Gardens for Harvest Online Registration Form

If you require assistance with registering, please contact Knox City Council's Customer Service Team on (03) 9298 8000.

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What do Gardens for Harvest members 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

Need more information?

If you would like to know more information about Gardens for Harvest, please contact us on 9298 8000 or email

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 2017, 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 (03) 9298 8000 and speak to one of our Gardens for Harvest team or email

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