My Smart Garden – Spring gardening events

Moonee Valley and Hobsons Bay City Council’s My Smart Garden program are hosting a number of free workshops over Spring including topics such as Summer vege growing, a chicken coop tour and water harvesting.

SEPTEMBER

Summer vegie gardening

Sunday 9 September, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Essendon Community Garden
56 Brisbane Street, Ascot Vale
(enter through either Brisbane or Fenton Sts, next to Moonee Ponds Creek bike path)

Spring is the time get your summer vegies going so you can enjoy home-grown tasty tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, capsicums, eggplant, beans, salad greens, zucchini, corn… the list goes on. This hands-on workshop will give you the confidence to create your own summer vegie garden or you’ll pick up tips on how to improve your existing patch. Using permaculture ideas, we’ll show you how to plan your summer crops, then prepare and plant out garden beds. You’ll learn techniques to improve your soil, fertilise organically and use water wisely.

Tour de Coop – a self guided tour of chicken coops

Sunday 23 September, 12pm — 4pm
Various coops at private homes in Altona
Please book in to obtain the address details

See inspiring eggxamples of urban chicken coops and learn about the joys of keeping chickens from experienced chicken owners. The Tour de Coop is a half-day self-guided tour where you can drop in on local chooks and take a peek at their houses. Coop owners will be on hand to discuss housing, feeding, chook health, trouble shooting and the many benefits of keeping chooks as part of a productive food garden. Fun for the whole family!
Tour is hosted jointly by My Smart Garden and Transition Hobsons Bay.

OCTOBER

Water harvesting and reuse for gardeners

Tuesday 16 October, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre
69-79 Military Road Avondale Heights

Our gardens look lush and tanks are full, but after two years of record rainfall weather experts are expecting a return to dry conditions, perhaps even drought. But gardeners should fear not – we can still grow much of our own food through water efficient planning and gardening. This session will cover garden design for shelter from hot sun and winds, tank solutions, watering at the right times, irrigation systems, working with slopes, greywater systems, water-hardy plants, and some innovative water saving solutions such as ‘wicking beds’.

ALL events are FREE. Bookings required at www.mysmartgarden.eventbrite.com.au or call 9932 1142

Moonee Valley and Hobsons Bay City Council’s My Smart Garden program helps residents use their backyards or balconies to grow their own food, shade their homes, use water wisely and recycle wastes. For more free events, gardening advice, prizes and discounts from local nurseries join My Smart Garden at www.mysmartgarden.org.au