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Gardening guides

We have produced free gardening guides to help residents create sustainable gardens.

The guides are designed for the local area and explain how to plan, establish and maintain vegetable, herb, fruit, native and indigenous gardens.

Please care for the environment and do not print these documents, or only printĀ the section that you need.

You can also request a hard copy by calling 9217 2170 or email

Home Harvest Guide

  • planning and building a food garden
  • soil and fertilisers
  • composting and worm farms
  • mulch and watering
  • vegetables
  • herbs
  • fruit
  • when to plant
  • companion planting
  • pests and diseases
  • keeping chickens

Your Indigenous Garden Guide

  • growing gardens for children
  • gardens that attract and support native wildlife
  • 30 common local plants
  • 10 common weeds, controls and replacement native plant options
  • local places to visit for inspiration

Sustainable Gardening in Whittlesea Guide

  • design
  • plantĀ choice (indigenous and native)
  • vegetable gardening
  • habitat gardening to attract native wildlife
  • lawn and soil care
  • water saving and greywater use
  • composting and worm farms

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