On the second Saturday of each month at 9.30am, they tend to the garden together, learn new skills and share stories around the morning tea table. Anyone from the local community is welcome.
On the fourth Saturday of each month, from 10am, there is a food swap where they share gardening tips, food and nutrition knowledge, and where they encourage sustainable living often with a speaker to help them on our way. At the swap, they add crops from the garden to the table and also provide morning tea to share.
The Patch is La Trobe University’s community garden located behind the Borchardt Library. Everyone is welcome to join and participate in their regular events, which include: gardening bees during semester; workshops; and social events (which often involve their harvests).
The Patch is always open, so feel free to water or do some weeding if it takes your fancy.
This garden is effectively membership based, but membership is free and the garden is open for everyone to gather, learn and grow. It has six communal plots, fifteen allotment plots (currently all assigned) and two local restaurants growing food for their kitchens. Communal plots are open for everyone to plant and harvest from. To receive the lockbox code to come and go from the garden as you please, attend an induction at the garden (10am-1pm on the fourth Saturday of every month).
This garden is membership based. Membership is $20 annually for a whole family or $10 for a single person.
Thrive community garden is on a 1 acre block that has long been vacant due to the fact that it lies in a flood plain. While there is always the risk of further flooding, the soil is rich and ideal for growing. It was started in 2014.
As of Spring 2016, there were garlic, leeks, celery, silver beet and rainbow chard, snow peas, broad beans and various herbs, all doing well. There are around 30 fruit trees. There are also several large berry beds – boysens, raspberries and strawberries, along with gooseberries, black and red currants. Lavenders and calendulas, along with a wild flower bed, have been planted to attract bees and add more colour.
There is someone working at the community garden every Saturday afternoon between 1pm and 3pm, and on various days during the week. Everyone is welcome to come down and help out, and to take some of the crops that are growing there. It is a garden for all residents of Diamond Creek.
A food swap is held at the garden on the third Saturday of every month, 2-3pm.
This garden is membership-based, but membership is free. Current membership is 6 people.
The garden is a creative place where people come together to grow fresh food, share, learn, relax and enjoy each other’s company. The garden’s core values are respect, honesty, integrity, inclusivity and creativity.