Free Event: Permaculture Day – Edible Gardening In Small Spaces

The Food Forest Ashburton Group welcomes you to a workshop, tour of the forest, coffee and nibbles, kids decorate & plant a pot, swap table, plant sales

Sunday 5 May 2019                                                                            11am – 3pm

Hazelnut planters

Having your own home grown produce is convenient, healthy and tasty. But what if you’ve only got a small space to work with? Duncan will share his experiences with growing food in small spaces. Discover how easy it is to grow your own food, even in limited space. Explore novel ways to make the most out of the space that you have including indoors. Understand the limitations of growing in containers and how to avoid some of the common pitfalls of small space gardening. From herbs to fruit trees and everything in between, learn how to select the appropriate plants and containers for your situation. You’ll leave the session with the knowledge to ensure that your small space garden thrives.
Presenter: Duncan Cocking operates Leaf, Root & Fruit Gardening Services. He is passionate about reducing the human impact on the environment and actively promotes a sustainable approach to living and sourcing of food. His blog is full of information and useful tips for anyone who wants to grow food at home.


Tours of the food forest, including swales, compost holes, trees and other plants

Meet the food foresters, local gardeners, permaculturists and environmentalists

Plant sales – herbs, some trees, little strawberries

Swap-Your-Surplus table – any surplus from the garden or kitchen, including coffee grounds, fruit, vegetables, pots, mulch, preserves, tools, egg shells, …

can decorate a second-hand pot and plant it with a seedling to take home.

Coffee and finger foods will be served

Available also:
tap water, a playground, a shelter with seats and tables, toilets nearby (500m).

Time:  Sunday 5 May 2019       11am – 3pm

in Pitt Street please, away from the intersection

Public Transport:
Bus No 612 Stop Pitt Street/ Winton Road,
It stops right at the food forest
Train Glen Waverley line between Darling & East Malvern stations

Location: 38 Winton Road, Ashburton Victoria 3147

  • How to Book:

    Tickets are free, please book through Eventbrite so we know how many are coming:

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  • Organiser’s Name:

    Petra Kahle, convener Food Forest Ashburton Group

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  • Organiser Address:

    7 Samarinda Av. Ashburton Victoria 3147

  • About Organiser:

    The Food Forest Ashburton Group planted and maintains a food forest  to as many permaculture principles as possible – in the inner suburb of Ashburton VIC with 26 productive trees plus herbs and perennial vegetables. We are part of the local community. Permaculture Day is one of 5 free events this year at our Food Forest.

    We are auspiced by the Craig Family Centre, meaning they help with organising and insurance, and we don’t have to do much of that.

    “This project is supported by grant funding from the City of Boroondara”

Strawberries, Fun & Growing Food on Permaculture Day 7 May 2017

WRFF Mulberry tree 2015Dec

the Mulberry tree at 2 years in the ground (2014)

You are invited to celebrate Permaculture Day with

  •  Plant Sales
  •  Growing & Food Forest Information 
  • Nature Games and

Chats over Hot Drinks & Snacks

Winton Road Food Forest in 2014

We will sell little strawberry plants (until we run out) – Alpine strawberries, white strawberries & Siberian Wood Strawberries …

and a lot of herbs and a few trees.


Mini Food Swap: bring your surplus foods from your garden or kitchen that are share-able and swap them or pick something up and leave a small donation.


There will be nature connection games for children by Mel from the Firekeepers.

And there is a playground, trees and lots of grass to play or picnic too.


And we will get together and introduce the food forest and the ideas behind it

over hot drinks with cake or soup for a gold coin donation.


We will have information about the forest, gardening and permaculture and

you are welcome to bring your questions.


The forest is about connecting with nature, food, community and environmental improvement.

Hope to see you there!

Petra, Mel, Moira, Carol and the food foresters!


Food used to grow everywhere and it’s great to bring that back – good for the planet and great for us.
cost: free

where: 38 Winton Road Ashburton VIC 3147 (opposite Pitt street)


phone: 0420 961 695 (Petra.)



11am- 3pm

7 May 2017

there is a map at:
other events on International Permaculture Day:

Food Forest Celebration

We are kicking up our gumboots and celebrating the opening of the Winton Road Food Forest.

Friday 30th November, 6-9pm at the food forest.

Please bring a plate of finger food to share, BYO drinks and chair/picnic rug.

It will get dark after sundown so a torch is probably needed if you plan to stay late.

Everyone who has shown an interest in our food forest is welcome.

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Summer working bees each Saturday 9-11am

Lucerne “Sequel” in flower

Each Saturday morning we will be doing a few gardening activities in the food forest to help with its establishment.

This includes planting a few more of the understorey plants, watering if necessary and removing kikuyu regrowth.

The apple tree was removed this week due to it having a bad case of apple mosaic virus. So the first Saturday we will plant its replacement. We have also been painting the kikuyu with eucalyptus oil to kill it off and it seems to be working (early days yet). We will stay vigilant and make sure we get all the regrowth early.

We are also planting lucerne in the understorey to fix nitrogen, bring up nutrients from deeper in the soil, and provide a living mulch.

It is getting much more summery in Melbourne but it is still very pleasant gardening at the food forest so come along and join in.

Hope to see you there

Food Forest gardening, Saturday 10th November, 3-5pm

We will be back at the food forest this Saturday afternoon 3-5pm.

Come along for a guided tour of the food forest or participate in some gardening activities.

This week we will be concentrating on managing kikuyu regrowth (probably by spraying with oil or vinegar) and making an edge between the forest and the surrounding grassed area. There are also some small seedlings to plant if you’d like to satisfy a green thumb craving.

Bring the kids, bring the dog. All welcome.

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Working Bee Saturday 3rd November 9:00am-noon

Come along and plant two more trees this Saturday at 9am til noon. Bring a shovel and gardening gloves!

Nine trees were planted last weekend thanks to the most fabulous support of the community. Boroondara Council too, have been amazing, turning up early Saturday morning to drill our tree holes for us (they drilled a metre deep!). We couldn’t have done it without those starter holes as the site is rock hard clay and it would have been backbreaking work. Even so the process of planting our trees was not so simple. The site is poorly drained over winter as nearby residents will attest. It floods approximately every 5 years. Our wonderful community members who came to help establish the food forest dug down deeply, we placed about 10 kg of cow manure in the bottom of the hole -it is deep enough that the tree roots will only reach this nutrient store in the second year of tree growth, heaps of gypsum clay breaker and some imported top soil were mixed into the pure clay and the whole lot mounded up about 50cm above groundfall. The trees were planted into the top of the hole within a small reservoir at the top of the mound. Around the base of the mound we made another moat to store moisture for both the tree and a selection of companion plants we placed at the foot of each tree.

So now we have planted a walnut, 2 carobs, a macadamia, lemonade, almond, plum, apple and white mulberry. There is an apricot and a native finger lime still to go next weekend which brings me to the date of the next working bee…

Come along and plant two more tree this Saturday 3rd November at 9am til noon. We are planting an apricot and a native finger lime. A quandong will be planted with the finger lime at some stage however the quondong is still a bit too tiny to put in the food forest yet.

Hope to see you there!

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We are tree planting at last!

Winton Road Food Forest Stage 1 plan

Come along and help establish the Winton Road Food Forest

When: Saturday 27th October 2012, 9am-4pm and Sunday 28th Octover, 10am-finished?

Where: 38 Winton Road, Ashburton

Please Bring: Gardening gloves and something to nibble and drink. If you can bring a shovel, wheelbarrow, rake or other gardening tools (clearly named) then so much the better.

Wow! we are planting our food forest at last. We have been delayed a little by boggy ground but the turning of the season has finally allowed the trucks in to scrape off the kikuyu and lay down mulch. There is a wandering path being established – no gate yet but that will come soon we hope. And most importantly we can now put in our fruit trees.

We will be digging BIG holes for the trees to give them the best possible start in life. We need people to bring shovels, wheelbarrows, gardening gloves and enthusiasm. BYO morning tea (or lunch or afternoon tea) and deck chair.

Come for an hour, come for the day, do what you can. All will be appreciated.

Get involved, meet your neighbours and support your community food forest this weekend. Membership available on the day.

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Next Meeting Friday 12th October, 7:30pm

Food Forest Meeting

Friday 12th Oct, Craig Family Centre 7:30pm

this will be our first meeting after our initial seed sowing working bees. I am so happy we are finally getting our hands dirty and plants are here, ready to descend on the landscape.

On Friday we can discuss the practicalities of planting trees for maximum health and growth,
and ways of keeping the plants alive in their first summer.
We will need a list of people who can look at the plants once a week, so they get checked daily throughout the summer.
Also, hopefully we will be ready to sign up as members of the Food Forest Ashburton Group officially.
And Jenny joined us today – welcome or welcome back.
time: 7.30 – 8.30pm
place: Craig Family Centre, 7 Samarinda Ave. , Ashburton,
enter via the kindergarten safety gate (left of the main entrance)
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First ever food forest working bee – Saturday 15th September 1-4pm

Spring is here and we are starting to propagate herbs for the food forest understorey!

Our first ever working bee will be this Saturday 15th September 2012 1-4pm at Petra’s. We will be having a seed sowing session. BYO easy lunch from 12 noon. If you don’t know where Petra’s is located email for the address. We would prefer you to RSVP if possible although you are still welcome to just drop in.

Our future regular working bee times at the food forest will likely be:

Monday mornings (9:30am-12:00pm) , First Monday of the month.

Saturday afternoons (1:00 – 4:00pm) , Third Saturday of the month.

During summer we will hold our working bees in the cool of the evenings and enjoy a BBQ at the same time (ahh the serenity).

And during establishment / construction the working bees may need to come thick and fast so stay tuned for lots of opportunities to come and get planting!

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If you want the Food Forest you have to come! – Have Your Say Day. This Saturday 21st July

What:Come and find out about the exciting proposal for community food forest which is at 38 Winton Rd Ashburton! Come and share your ideas, give us your feedback, get involved at our interactive stall. Meet some of the local community members who are working on this innovative community sustainability project. The Have Your Say Day is a collaboration with the Boroondara Council, which is seeking resident feedback before the proposal is approved to proceed. Free BBQ too.

Where: Winton Road Reserve,  38 Winton Rd Ashburton

When: Sat 21st July 10:30-12:00

kids are welcome!

The Have Your Say Day has been organised by City of Boroondara departments for Environment & Sustainable Living and Parks & Gardens, together with the Food Forest Ashburton Group and the Craig Family Centre.