The material below currently covers:
- Some local people who prune fruit trees.
- Some local people who build planter boxes, wicking beds or raised garden beds.
- Some local people who grow and sell seedlings.
- Some local people who give away manure.
- Some local people who give away coffee grounds or husks.
- Some local people who give away mulch, sawdust, wood shavings, etc.
- Some local outlets that sell Certified Organic compost.
Please email us if there are any other people that you think should be listed.
Some local people who prune fruit trees
|Chris Kent||Eltham North||[email protected]||0419 590952|
|Kylie Johnston||Heidelberg West||[email protected]||0426 137882|
|Mac McVeigh||Eltham||[email protected]||0438 034331|
Some local people who build planter boxes, wicking beds or raised garden beds
|Felipe Mora and Michelle Labrin||Hurstbridge||www.facebook.com/foodgardensolutions||[email protected]||0402 400624|
|Frances Grech (ReBoxCo)||Thornbury||www.reboxco.com.au||[email protected]||0439 368018|
|Greg Parsons (Yummy Gardens)||St Andrews||www.yummygardensmelbourne.com||[email protected]||0431 382230|
|Leaf, Root & Fruit Gardening Services||Hawthorn East||www.leafrootfruit.com.au||[email protected]||0423 003764|
|Mac McVeigh||Eltham||[email protected]||0438 034331|
|Matthew Laity (How Ya Growing)||Greensborough||[email protected]||0449 594845|
|Paul Morland (morLandscapes)||Bellfield||www.facebook.com/morlandscapes||[email protected]||0413 998900
or 9440 9247
|Nathan Ezard||Eltham North||[email protected]||0423 954171|
|Paul Gale-Baker (Urban Shepherd)||Macleod||www.urbanshepherd.com.au||[email protected]||0408 733683
or 9444 7427
Some local people who grow and sell seedlings
|Helen Simpson (The Mushroom Shed)||Montmorency||Local Food Directory page||9435 1686|
|Richard Lee (KABUU)||Montmorency||www.kabuu.com.au||[email protected]||0422 606026|
For a discussion of these growers, see Susan’s guide to local seedlings.
Some local people who give away manure
|Horse manure||Banyule Horse Riders||East Ivanhoe||0418 128234
|Free. The Boulevard, East Ivanhoe. Pile, bulk or self-bag. Call to arrange.|
|Horse manure||Banyule Horse Riders||Eltham||[email protected]||Free. Eltham PC, Homestead Road, Eltham. 15Kg bags. Any time.|
|Horse manure||Banyule Horse Riders||Lower Plenty||[email protected]||Free. 28 Montpelier Drive, Lower Plenty. 15Kg bags. Wednesdays.|
|Horse manure||Banyule Horse Riders||Viewbank||0417 564857
|Free. Banyule Road, Viewbank. Pile, bulk or self-bag. Call to arrange.|
|Horse manure||Disabled Riding School||Viewbank||www.rdav.asn.au||[email protected]||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||[email protected]||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
|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.|
Some local people who give away coffee grounds or husks
|Coffee grounds||Harvest Food Store||Fairfield||www.harvestfoodstore.com.au/cafe||9481 4718
|Free. 108 Station Street, Fairfield. Ring in advance.|
|Coffee grounds||The Tea Rose||Fairfield||www.facebook.com/thetearosetea||9486 3518||Free. 25 Railway Place, Fairfield. Ring in advance.|
|Coffee grounds||Three Locals||Fairfield||www.facebook.com/threelocals||9078 6579||Free. 127 Station Street, Fairfield. Ring in advance.|
|Coffee grounds||Miss Margaret||Preston||www.missmargaretcafe.com.au||8592 6910
|Free. 14C Gilbert Road, Preston. Ring in advance.|
|Coffee grounds||Red Bean Coffee||Preston||www.redbeancoffee.com.au||9416 8612||Free. 121 Plenty Road, Preston. Ring in advance.|
|Coffee grounds||Sartoria||Preston||www.sartoria.com.au||9480 5664
|Free. 115 Plenty Road, Preston. Ring in advance.|
|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||Cafe Qtee||Reservoir||9462 5440||Free. 287 Broadway Street, Reservoir. Ring in advance.|
|Coffee grounds||Nourish Me Cafe||Richmond||Adrian O’Hagen
|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||Reground||n/a (they deliver)||www.reground.com.au||Ninna Larsen
|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
|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.|
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 people who give away mulch, sawdust, wood shavings, etc
|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
|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.|
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.
|Box Hill||Bunnings||259 Middleborough Road, Box Hill||8878 0900||www.bunnings.com.au|
|Eltham||Bunnings||Corner Bridge & Silver Street, Eltham||9430 0100||www.bunnings.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), Preston||9416 6000||www.bunnings.com.au|
|Ringwood North||Branch Out Nursery||Cnr Oban & Warrandyte Roads, Ringwood North||9876 3479||www.branchoutnursery.com.au|
|Ringwood North||Oban Trading||9 Oban Road, Ringwood North||9870 3215|
|Thomastown||Bunnings||11 Dalton Road, Thomastown||9462 8000||www.bunnings.com.au|
|Warrandyte||Beasley’s Nursery & Teahouse||195 Heidelberg-Warrandyte Road, Warrandyte||9844 3335||www.beasleysteahouse.com.au|