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How-to guides and information sheets

Download our information sheets at the links provided below.

Community Gardening

  • Start a community garden: a 10-step process [PDF 2.7MB]
  • Common objections: to community gardens and how to frame your plans to address them [PDF 1.3MB]
  • Garden checklist: ideas to consider before starting a community garden [PDF 148KB]
  • Plan of management template: [Google Drive — Doc 232KB]
  • Start with garden design: productive ideas for home and community gardeners [PDF 2.7MB]
  • Understanding our site: needs, site and sector analysis – the basis of good design [PDF 6.1KB]
  • Materials for building: community gardens [PDF 5.2MB]
  • Thinking about safety: in our community garden [PDF 1.7MB]
  • Community gardening: growing food, growing community [PDF 2.1MB]
  • NOTE: if you want to download word files on our Google Drive, in the dropdown menu ‘File’ scroll down to ‘Download’:


  • Organic gardening: productive, safe gardening for home and community gardeners [PDF 2.5MB]
  • Creative composting: for home and community gardening [PDF 2.7MB]
  • Creating good soils: the most important part of organic gardening [PDF 2.5MB]
  • No-dig or mulch gardening: for the home and community gardener [PDF 3.6MB]
  • Using water wisely: gardening food on a dry continent [PDF 4.9MB]
  • Making a food forest: cultivated ecology for home and community garden design [PDF 5.7MB]
  • Managing garden pests: with an integrated or diverse pest management strategy [PDF 3.9MB]
  • Crop rotation: managing pests and maintaining plant health [PDF 3.7MB]
  • Container gardens: grow your own on a balcony or in a community garden [PDF 1.9MB].

Verge gardens

  • Verge gardening: farming the urban footpath [PDF 1.3MB]
  • Farmers of the urban footpath: ideas for urban food gardeners and local government [PDF 14.7MB].


  • Creating a perma-culture: a design approach to creative living [PDF 2.8MB]
  • Planning a PermaBlitz: in a community garden [PDF 2.1MB].

Community Food 

  • Community food systems: communities providing for themselves [PDF 3.3MB].


  • Blogging your stories: let’s get our message out [PDF 2.4MB]
  • The media release: a guide to writing your own [PDF 2.2MB].