Local resources in North East Melbourne


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Please email us if there are any other people that you think should be listed.

Some local people who build planter boxes, wicking beds or raised garden beds
Name Base Website Email Phone
Felipe Mora and Michelle Labrin Hurstbridge www.facebook.com/foodgardensolutions michellelab@hotmail.com 0402 400624
Frances Grech
Thornbury www.reboxco.com.au enquiries@reboxco.com.au 0439 368018
Greg Parsons
(Yummy Gardens)
St Andrews www.yummygardensmelbourne.com greg@yummygardens.com.au 0431 382230
Leaf, Root & Fruit Gardening Services Hawthorn East www.leafrootfruit.com.au info@LeafRootFruit.com.au 0423 003764
Mac McVeigh Eltham mac@macmcveighgardens.com.au 0438 034331
Matthew Laity
(How Ya Growing)
Greensborough matthew.laity@gmail.com 0449 594845
Paul Morland
Bellfield www.facebook.com/morlandscapes morlandscapes@gmail.com 0413 998900
or 9440 9247
Nathan Ezard Eltham North ezardgardening@gmail.com 0423 954171
Paul Gale-Baker
(Urban Shepherd)
Macleod www.urbanshepherd.com.au pagb@optusnet.com.au 0408 733683
or 9444 7427
Some local people who grow and sell seedlings
Name Base Website Email Phone
Helen Simpson
(The Mushroom Shed)
Montmorency Local Food Directory page 9435 1686
Richard Lee
Montmorency www.kabuu.com.au kabuu_richard@outlook.com 0422 606026

For a discussion of these growers, see Susan’s guide to local seedlings.

Some local people who give away manure
What Name Base Website Contact Notes
Horse manure Banyule Horse Riders East Ivanhoe banyulehorseriders@gmail.com
0418 128234
Free. The Boulevard, East Ivanhoe. Pile, bulk or self-bag. Call to arrange.
Horse manure Banyule Horse Riders Eltham banyulehorseriders@gmail.com Free. Eltham PC, Homestead Road, Eltham. 15Kg bags. Any time.
Horse manure Banyule Horse Riders Lower Plenty banyulehorseriders@gmail.com Free. 28 Montpelier Drive, Lower Plenty. 15Kg bags. Wednesdays.
Horse manure Banyule Horse Riders Viewbank banyulehorseriders@gmail.com
0417 564857
Free. Banyule Road, Viewbank. Pile, bulk or self-bag. Call to arrange.
Horse manure Disabled Riding School Viewbank www.rdav.asn.au rdaviewbank@gmail.com Free but they request a donation for the school. Need to drive into the school when it is open and find someone in charge to organise. 290-332 Banyule Road, Viewbank.
Horse manure North Eastern Horse & Pony Club Viewbank www.nehpc.ponyclubvic.org.au secretary.nehpc@gmail.com Free. The manure is collected and left at the front entrance for locals to collect. Corner Henderson and Banyule Roads, Viewbank.
Horse manure Tandivale Equestrian Centre & Pony Club Warrandyte www.tandivale.com Karen
9844 3882
0488 244420
Free. 88 Johansons Road, Warrandyte. Ring beforehand to confirm pickup time.
Horse manure Various properties Kangaroo Ground Various properties on Kangaroo Ground-St Andrews Road and Kangaroo Ground-Warrandyte Road often have bagged horse manure out the front of their property, with an honesty box system for payment.
Rabbit manure Dandelions Rabbit Retreat Box Hill North Christie-Anne Jean
0423 571201
Free. 26 Thames Street, Box Hill North. Bring own bags or trailer. Ring or text beforehand to check on availability.
Some local people who give away coffee husks, coffee grounds, mulch, sawdust, wood shavings, etc

What Name Base Website Contact Notes
Coffee grounds Nourish Me Cafe Richmond Adrian O’Hagen
9429 4477
Free. 131 Burnley Street, Richmond. Please bring a container to take the coffee with you – if you call first, they can ensure there is plenty for you.
Coffee grounds Tasties Cafe Preston 9470 2260 Free. 356 High Street, Preston. Call to check first then bring your own container and let staff know before helping yourself.
Coffee grounds Reground n/a (they deliver) www.reground.com.au Ninna Larsen
0466 242575
Free. Delivered to your door. Minimum delivery quantities: 2 bins if you live in inner Melbourne or 7 bins if you live in outer Melbourne.
Coffee husks Knight Mattingly Coffee Roasters Coburg North www.kmcr.com.au Customer Service
9383 2100
Free. 5 Milkman Way, Coburg North. Ring in advance. Minimum quantity: 1*240 litre bag. Empty hessian bags available. Pick up: Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
Coffee husks Quists Coffee Research www.quistscoffee.com.au Doris Niesen-Baruta
9437 2100 or 0407 424842
Free. 2/3 Candlebark Court, Research. Ring in advance.
Straw Motschall Stockfeeds Panton Hill 9719 7326 $8 per bale. 395 Kangaroo Ground – St Andrews Road, Panton Hill.
Wood shavings Yard Furniture Preston www.yardfurniture.com.au Peter McManus
9480 6171
Free and clean. Bags of 20+kg available to pick-up outside premises (or bring your own bag to take smaller quantities). Ring beforehand to check on availability. 271 Dundas Street, Preston, 3072.

The following offers are currently in abeyance:

Coffee husks Bundoora Park Visitor Centre Bundoora www.bundoorapark.com.au bundpark@darebin.vic.gov.au
8470 8170
Free. 1069 Plenty Road, Bundoora.
Sawdust Charles Sandford Woodturning Preston www.charlessandford.com.au Andy Reid
0450 436360
Free sawdust in bales. All clean (no treated or MDF). Bring your trailer and they will load it for you. 6 Bellevue Crescent, Preston.
Wood shavings Bundoora Park Visitor Centre Bundoora www.bundoorapark.com.au bundpark@darebin.vic.gov.au
8470 8170
Free. 1069 Plenty Road, Bundoora.

Note that coffee husks are not at all the same thing as used coffee grounds. Rather, the husk is the outer layer of the coffee bean that breaks away and gets discarded during the roasting process. So, whilst used coffee grounds are available from cafes, coffee husks are available from roasters.

Some local outlets that sell Certified Organic compost

Many nurseries do not sell Certified Organic compost and, unfortunately, some of these try and pass off their compost as the equivalent of Certified Organic by saying something like it is “100% organic”. Here is a list of local outlets who do actually sell Certified Organic compost.

Suburb Name Address Phone Website
Box Hill Bunnings 259 Middleborough Road 8878 0900 www.bunnings.com.au
Diamond Creek Nillumbik Nursery 235 Main Hurstbridge Road 9438 1211 www.nillumbiknursery.com.au
Doncaster East Beasley’s Nursery & Teahouse 195 Warrandyte Road 9844 3335 www.beasleysteahouse.com.au
Doreen Sertel’s Nursery 871 Bridge-Inn Road 9717 3443 www.sertelsnursery.com.au
Eltham Bunnings Corner Bridge & Silver Street 9430 0100 www.bunnings.com.au
Eltham Webster Farm and Garden 1431 Main Road 9439 1079 www.websterfarmandgarden.com.au
Epping Bunnings 592-694 High Street, Epping 9409 8600 www.bunnings.com.au
Mill Park Bunnings 761 Plenty Road, Mill Park 9404 8400 www.bunnings.com.au
Nunawading Bunnings 250 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading 9845 3900 www.bunnings.com.au
Preston Bunnings 120 Chifley Drive (Corner Murray Road) 9416 6000 www.bunnings.com.au
Ringwood North Branch Out Nursery Cnr Oban & Warrandyte Roads 9876 3479 www.branchoutnursery.com.au
Ringwood North Oban Trading 9 Oban Road 9870 3215
Thomastown Bunnings 11 Dalton Road 9462 8000 www.bunnings.com.au

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  1. Thanks for this list, much appreciated.

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