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Jan
30
Thu
Doncaster Hill Community Garden meetup @ Doncaster Hill Community Garden
Jan 30 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Click here to read about the garden.

Feb
1
Sat
Warrandyte Riverside Market @ Stiggants Reserve
Feb 1 @ 08:00 – 13:00

On the 1st Saturday of every month except January with an additional market on the 3rd Saturday in December.

Warrandyte Food Swap @ Warrandyte Community Garden
Feb 1 @ 09:00 – 10:00

On the 1st Saturday of every month except January.

Summer preserves @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Feb 1 @ 09:30 – 12:30

What you will learn:

  • How to preserve fruit and vegetables for use in the future.
  • How to bottle preserves.
  • The selection and sterilisation of jars.

Join Lucy Marasco to learn the basics of preserving, including the importance of sterilisation techniques, as well as the opportunity to try out some traditional and modern preserving recipes.

Feb
6
Thu
Doncaster Hill Community Garden meetup @ Doncaster Hill Community Garden
Feb 6 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Click here to read about the garden.

Native fruit @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Feb 6 @ 18:30 – 21:00

What you will learn:

  • The A-Z of growing native fruit.
  • Handy hints and tips from an experienced native fruit grower.
  • When to harvest native fruit, and different ways to use it.

Presented by Karen Sutherland, of Edible Eden Design. Native produce plants – or bush food – are becoming increasingly popular. Whilst many native fruits can’t be grown in Melbourne, some can. You’ll learn how to grow, harvest and use such fruit, with a particular focus on what can be grown in pots.

Feb
9
Sun
Whitehorse Farmers’ Market
Feb 9 @ 08:00 – 13:00

Gold coin donation.

Feb
12
Wed
Doncaster Garden Club @ Doncaster Senior Citizen Centre
Feb 12 @ 19:30 – 22:00

Second Wednesday of every month except for January, The meetings start at 8pm, with a food swap 7.30-7.55pm. Everyone welcome.

2019 speakers and topics
13 Feb: Dwight King on dahlias.
13 Mar: Mike Dodson from Betta Grower Organic Fertilisers on potting mixes.
10 Apr: Seila Hierk on how to grow Winter Asian vegetables.
08 May: Paul on French ornamental vegetable gardens.
12 Jun: Jim Poulter on traditional Aboriginal use in Manningham.
10 Jul: Brendan Curtis on Japanese gardens.
14 Aug: Jainie on Neutrog’s ‘Who Flung Dung’.
11 Sep: Steve Morris on Circular Food.
09 Oct: Janine Kay on pelargoniums and geraniums.
13 Nov: Karen Sutherland on Edible Eden Design’s tomatoes.
11 Dec: Christmas party and supper.

Benefits of joining Doncaster Garden Club:

  • Eleven monthly newsletters per year.
  • Speakers each monthly meeting.
  • Discounts at selected nurseries.
  • Club trading table.
  • Free lending library.
  • Part of a friendly and informative club.
Feb
13
Thu
Doncaster Hill Community Garden meetup @ Doncaster Hill Community Garden
Feb 13 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Click here to read about the garden.

Heide’s kitchen gardens @ Heide Museum of Modern Art
Feb 13 @ 15:00 – 16:30

Join Heide gardeners David, Katie and Alice as they discuss the history and working cycle of the two kitchen gardens at Heide. Includes a produce-inspired tasting and glass of wine.

Feb
15
Sat
Park Orchards Market @ Park Orchards Primary School
Feb 15 @ 09:00 – 13:00
Summer fruit tree maintenance @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Feb 15 @ 09:30 – 12:30

What you will learn:

  • How to prune to keep trees to a manageable size.
  • How to prune to maximise fruit production in the coming season.
  • Keeping espaliered shapes in check.

Watch and ask questions of Angelo Eliades, as he prunes both traditionally shaped trees and espaliered varieties. Convention had us pruning deciduous fruit trees in winter but now the thinking is swinging to doing it straight after fruiting, in late summer or autumn. Techniques are slightly different, so it is wise to see the pruning in action on actual trees.

Veggie Swap at BAAG Nursery, Bulleen @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Feb 15 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Come along to share your produce & compare notes with other food gardeners.

Bring along any veggies, fruit or herbs you have harvested, also eggs, preserves, recipes are welcome. Be inventive! You can also bring some things that not everyone else is growing at this time of year. This is a non-commercial event – no money changes hands.

For the lastest updates, see their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/baagvegieswap.

Feb
16
Sun
Warranwood Food Swap @ Warranwood Primary School
Feb 16 @ 10:00 – 11:30

Organised by Outer Eastern Permaculture Swap. For the latest updates, see their Facebook page.

Feb
20
Thu
The joy of backyard chooks @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Feb 20 @ 18:30 – 21:00

What you will learn:

  • How to get started with keeping chickens in a suburban backyard.
  • How to house and protect chooks from predators.
  • How chooks can be used to improve your garden and soil.

Presented by Sarah Hardgrove. Keeping a few chooks in the backyard used to be a staple of Australian suburban life, and their eggs made up a healthy part of our diet. But even though our house blocks might be shrinking, a smaller backyard doesn’t necessarily mean an end to raising or enjoying them. In this class, you will find out just how easy it is to keep a few hens as pets and as the ultimate garden recyclers, as well as everything you need to know about housing, protecting and feeding them, and lots of practical ideas on how to live harmoniously with them in your garden. Suitable for those who have never kept chooks before.

Feb
22
Sat
Wonga Park Farmers’ Market @ Wonga Park Primary School
Feb 22 @ 09:00 – 14:00

If you go to the market, you can also visit the school’s Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden.

Feb
23
Sun
Veggie gardening for beginners @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Feb 23 @ 09:30 – 12:30

What you will learn:

  • How to set up and prepare a vegetable garden.
  • How to select, plant and care for crops.
  • How to grow veggies in the ground, in raised beds and in pots.

Presented by Nicole Griffiths. This class will teach you everything you need to know to grow delicious produce in your own backyard. They will cover all of the veggie gardening basics, from setting up your patch to harvesting.

Feb
27
Thu
Doncaster Hill Community Garden meetup @ Doncaster Hill Community Garden
Feb 27 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Click here to read about the garden.

Demystifying bread @ Park Orchards Community House & Learning Centre
Feb 27 @ 18:30 – 21:00

Nadine will demonstrate the technique of bread making and baking. Bring a container to take home your dough to bake at home. Suitable for beginners.

The art of espalier @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Feb 27 @ 18:30 – 21:00

What you will learn:

  • Growing espaliered fruit trees.
  • Different techniques to make the most of all available space for espalier.
  • Improve your general gardening skills.

Presented by Diana Cotter. “Go vertical” is the cry when garden space is limited. Gardening in two dimensions is what espalier is about and this class will cover the different types and how to get them started and then continue to train them into the desired shape. Topics covered include suitable fruit trees, pruning and training techniques.

Mar
1
Sun
Persian cooking @ Park Orchards Community House & Learning Centre
Mar 1 @ 10:00 – 13:30

Learn about the flavours of Persian cooking. Try out recipes and cooking methods while preparing a three course menu. Stay and share your freshly prepared lunch with the group. Menu: a Persian summer salad; Persian meatballs made with ground beef; rice & fragrant herbs & spices; and halva aromatic sweet dessert.

Mar
7
Sat
Warrandyte Riverside Market @ Stiggants Reserve
Mar 7 @ 08:00 – 13:00

On the 1st Saturday of every month except January with an additional market on the 3rd Saturday in December.

Warrandyte Food Swap @ Warrandyte Community Garden
Mar 7 @ 09:00 – 10:00

On the 1st Saturday of every month except January.

Mar
8
Sun
Whitehorse Farmers’ Market
Mar 8 @ 08:00 – 13:00

Gold coin donation.

Mar
11
Wed
Doncaster Garden Club @ Doncaster Senior Citizen Centre
Mar 11 @ 19:30 – 22:00

Second Wednesday of every month except for January, The meetings start at 8pm, with a food swap 7.30-7.55pm. Everyone welcome.

2019 speakers and topics
13 Feb: Dwight King on dahlias.
13 Mar: Mike Dodson from Betta Grower Organic Fertilisers on potting mixes.
10 Apr: Seila Hierk on how to grow Winter Asian vegetables.
08 May: Paul on French ornamental vegetable gardens.
12 Jun: Jim Poulter on traditional Aboriginal use in Manningham.
10 Jul: Brendan Curtis on Japanese gardens.
14 Aug: Jainie on Neutrog’s ‘Who Flung Dung’.
11 Sep: Steve Morris on Circular Food.
09 Oct: Janine Kay on pelargoniums and geraniums.
13 Nov: Karen Sutherland on Edible Eden Design’s tomatoes.
11 Dec: Christmas party and supper.

Benefits of joining Doncaster Garden Club:

  • Eleven monthly newsletters per year.
  • Speakers each monthly meeting.
  • Discounts at selected nurseries.
  • Club trading table.
  • Free lending library.
  • Part of a friendly and informative club.
Mar
12
Thu
Doncaster Hill Community Garden meetup @ Doncaster Hill Community Garden
Mar 12 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Click here to read about the garden.

Produce in pots @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Mar 12 @ 18:30 – 21:00

What you will learn:

  • Why edibles fail and what how to improve their chances of success.
  • How to choose the right pots, potting mix, additives and mulches.
  • The best fruit and vegetables options for pots, and the best sustainable and organic maintenance techniques, including watering and feeding.

Presented by Diana Cotter. Is your lettuce and coriander running to seed? Do you have beans that flower but don’t fruit, or flowers falling off your citrus? Or do your plants seem to die no matter you do? If any of this sounds familiar, or if you’re a complete novice, then this class will teach you how to avoid these issues. You’ll learn how potting mix and watering work, how plants react to different situations, and how the weather affects different plants differently. There will be a practical demonstration showing how to properly prepare potting mix, plant seeds and seedlings, and maintain the potential fruits (and vegetables!) of your labour.

Sourdough bread @ Park Orchards Community House & Learning Centre
Mar 12 @ 18:30 – 21:00

Nadine will demonstrate the technique of sourdough bread making and baking. Bring a container to take home your dough to bake at home. This class is best suited to those who have some experience with bread making, however it is not essential.

Mar
15
Sun
Warranwood Food Swap @ Warranwood Primary School
Mar 15 @ 10:00 – 11:30

Organised by Outer Eastern Permaculture Swap. For the latest updates, see their Facebook page.

Mar
19
Thu
Beeswax wraps @ Park Orchards Community House & Learning Centre
Mar 19 @ 19:00 – 21:00

This workshop will show you how easy beeswax wraps are to make for yourself or as gifts.

You will need to bring along with you a piece of material 28cm by 28cm. It must be 100% cotton, non-stretch, pre-washed and free from embellishments. All other materials supplied,

Mar
21
Sat
Park Orchards Market @ Park Orchards Primary School
Mar 21 @ 09:00 – 13:00
Veggie Swap at BAAG Nursery, Bulleen @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Mar 21 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Come along to share your produce & compare notes with other food gardeners.

Bring along any veggies, fruit or herbs you have harvested, also eggs, preserves, recipes are welcome. Be inventive! You can also bring some things that not everyone else is growing at this time of year. This is a non-commercial event – no money changes hands.

For the lastest updates, see their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/baagvegieswap.

Mar
22
Sun
Healthy productive compost and worms @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Mar 22 @ 09:30 – 12:30

What you will learn:

  • The importance of compost for soil health.
  • How to fix common composting problems.
  • Setting up and looking after a worm farm.

Presented by Diana Cotter. Learn how to make great compost, the essential ingredient for a thriving and healthy garden. Look at worm farms and Bokashi as other options. They will also show you how to make a DIY worm farm using recycled products.

Mushroom cultivation workshop @ Park Orchards Community House & Learning Centre
Mar 22 @ 10:00 – 13:00

Learn how to grow mushrooms at home. Gain an overview of the fungi life cycle, the cultivation process, building a mushroom growing chamber, harvesting and storage.

Includes: course materials, an oyster mushroom growing kit per person (valued $30), course notes and ongoing support.

Mar
26
Thu
Doncaster Hill Community Garden meetup @ Doncaster Hill Community Garden
Mar 26 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Click here to read about the garden.

Mar
28
Sat
Wonga Park Farmers’ Market @ Wonga Park Primary School
Mar 28 @ 09:00 – 14:00

If you go to the market, you can also visit the school’s Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden.

Mar
29
Sun
Growing fruit and veggies in small spaces @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Mar 29 @ 09:30 – 12:30

What you will learn:

  • Which produce plants are suitable to grow in small areas.
  • Coping with shade and sun for produce growing.
  • How to make the most of any available space for growing produce.

Presented by Angelo Eliades. Do you only have a small garden or no garden at all? Would you still like to grow your own food? This class will inspire you to get started. Topics will include fruit, vegetables and berries for small spaces, growing produce in pots and containers, maximising productivity in any size space and plant selection.

Apr
2
Thu
Native edibles for companion planting @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Apr 2 @ 18:30 – 21:00

What you will learn:

  • A range of edible natives that are easy to grow in Melbourne.
  • Basics of companion planting.
  • Which plants to choose in your garden planning, and how to grow and care for them.

Presented by Karen Sutherland, of Edible Eden Design. Non-indigenous Australians are waking up to the edible plants around us and wondering why we didn’t use them before. Knowing what will grow and also produce a harvest, as well as how to use it, is difficult as most of us aren’t yet familiar with apple berries or native mint. In this class, you will learn how to incorporate some easily grown edible native plants into your garden so that they work in harmony with your existing plants, as well as a variety of ways to use these plants in your kitchen.

Apr
4
Sat
Warrandyte Riverside Market @ Stiggants Reserve
Apr 4 @ 08:00 – 13:00

On the 1st Saturday of every month except January with an additional market on the 3rd Saturday in December.

Warrandyte Food Swap @ Warrandyte Community Garden
Apr 4 @ 09:00 – 10:00

On the 1st Saturday of every month except January.

Apr
8
Wed
Doncaster Garden Club @ Doncaster Senior Citizen Centre
Apr 8 @ 19:30 – 22:00

Second Wednesday of every month except for January, The meetings start at 8pm, with a food swap 7.30-7.55pm. Everyone welcome.

2019 speakers and topics
13 Feb: Dwight King on dahlias.
13 Mar: Mike Dodson from Betta Grower Organic Fertilisers on potting mixes.
10 Apr: Seila Hierk on how to grow Winter Asian vegetables.
08 May: Paul on French ornamental vegetable gardens.
12 Jun: Jim Poulter on traditional Aboriginal use in Manningham.
10 Jul: Brendan Curtis on Japanese gardens.
14 Aug: Jainie on Neutrog’s ‘Who Flung Dung’.
11 Sep: Steve Morris on Circular Food.
09 Oct: Janine Kay on pelargoniums and geraniums.
13 Nov: Karen Sutherland on Edible Eden Design’s tomatoes.
11 Dec: Christmas party and supper.

Benefits of joining Doncaster Garden Club:

  • Eleven monthly newsletters per year.
  • Speakers each monthly meeting.
  • Discounts at selected nurseries.
  • Club trading table.
  • Free lending library.
  • Part of a friendly and informative club.
Apr
12
Sun
Whitehorse Farmers’ Market
Apr 12 @ 08:00 – 13:00

Gold coin donation.