Resources to help you plan your edible garden

Posted on 30 Apr 2011



This is the resources list from our Inspiration for Small Spaces workshop, run in April 2011 as part of our Autumn Gardening Workshop Series.

What to grow

Garden Grow: Month by month planting guide for New Zealand’s climate zones

GardenNZ Grow Your Own guides: Growing information organised by plant type

Koanga Institute: Information about heirloom seeds, and online seed ordering

Organic Vegetable Gardening by Xanthe White (month by month edible garden planning, planting and maintenance advice, tailored to New Zealand gardens)

Edible Garden Planner by Diana Anthony and Jon Muller (how to grow organic fruit and vegetables year-round in New Zealand and Australia)

Growing Vegetables Year-Round by Dennis Greville (another New Zealand-written book giving month by month advice and detailed information on growing different types of vegetables)

How to grow

How to Grow Your Own Food by Hamilton Permaculture Trust

Creating and maintaining healthy soil

Organic NZ guide to healthy soil, including composting, worm farming, crop rotation, organic fertilisers and mulching

Growing in containers

The Edible Container Garden: Fresh Food From Tiny Spaces by Michael Guerra (contains information specific to container growing for a wide variety of vegetables, herbs and fruit trees)

Greensmart pots

Making compost

Create Your Own Eden: composting information and free courses

Companion planting

There are many companion planting guides online and in books. Wikipedia’s chart is a good place to start.

Organic pest control

OrganicNZ’s guide

Dealing with garden waste

Living Earth: Green waste drop off points

Greenwork: Green waste collection

Inspiration for growing in small outdoor spaces

Vertical growing

Pocket gardening in a fabric shoe storer

Turn old guttering into a wall garden

Creative reuse

Upside down hanging planters from old soft drink bottles


Build a mini greenhouse using an old window

Make your own sub-irrigated planter

Inspiration for growing indoors

Window farming

Woolly Pockets

Upside down hanging planters

Growing somewhere else

Community gardens

List of New Zealand community gardens and contact details

List of Auckland community gardens and contact details


Sharing backyards

Where to find advice

Urban Pantry: We add material to our site regularly, so check back for the latest

Ooooby: Join the online community for people who grow their own food in New Zealand to get access to loads of information and experience

Comments (3) Leave comment ↓

  • In Christchurch the City Botanic Gardens are hosting Saturday sessions in 2011 on edible gardens for schools. Next one on 11 June. Book via Botanic Gardens Information Centre – may interest your E-newsletter readers?


    28 May 2011

  • Great resources Emily. Another book I'd recommend is 'Fresh food from small spaces – the square inch gardener's guide to year round growing, fermenting and sprouting' by R.J. Ruppenthal.


    21 Jul 2011

  • Thanks Mariana. I've read 'Fresh food from small spaces' before and it is a great resource.

    Emily Harris

    21 Jul 2011


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