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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.

National Sustainable Living Festival 2018 - Sustainable Food Week

Growing your own veg, eating seasonally and reducing food waste has never been more important than now. There is a quiet revolution happening in our kitchens, dining rooms and backyards!

Be inspired to take part in an exciting week of displays and events at Ferntree Gully Library 1010 Burwood Highway, Ferntree Gully as part of the National Sustainable Living Festival 2018 (PDF).

Commencing Monday 12th February and finishing Saturday 17th February. For further information, call 9800 6455.

Gardens for Harvest & U3A Knox Inc. Workshops

Want to learn about vegetable growing? Keen to get your veggie garden started? At our series of workshops, gardening guru Maria Ciavarella of My Green Garden will share her knowledge on how to grow your own vegetables and reap the delicious rewards of your harvest. A wide variety of gardening topics are on offer. All welcome, come to one or come to all!!

  • Address U3A, 1A Park Boulevard, Ferntree Gully
  • Cost Gold coin donation
  • RSVP Please book by calling the U3A Office on 9752 2737

Designing your garden for a bumper harvest

  • Date Wednesday 4 April 2018
  • Time 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Love your soil

  • Date Wednesday 11 April 2018
  • Time 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Composting and worm farming

  • Date Wednesday 18 April 2018
  • Time 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Propagating - seeds to seedlings

  • Date Thursday 26th April 2018
  • Time 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Growing an abundant crop with no chemicals

  • Date Wednesday 2 May 2018
  • Time 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Harvest and seed saving

  • Date Wednesday 9 May 2018
  • Time 3:30pm - 5:30pm

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.

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 2018, 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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