In a future of uncertain rainfall and increasing water restrictions using water efficiently to grow food is never more important. Wicking beds water plants from below rather than above. Wicking is the movement of soil moisture drawn up through the soil via a process called capillary action without the assistance of gravity. This allows moisture to be more evenly distributed through the soil, creating better growing conditions for the plants. This can eliminate the problem of deciding when and how much to water. Wicking beds can last up to 4 weeks without watering, in contrast to surface watering where evaporation requires frequent watering at intervals depending on climatic conditions.  This enables your plants to thrive for much longer without any watering.

There are many ways to construct wicking beds but water efficiency and ease of construction has been greatly improved with the use of watering cells. WaterUps®s are a unique Australian made watering cell product designed specifically for wicking beds and water efficient gardens.

Learn first-hand how to construct WaterUps®s  wicking beds during a permabee (working bee) at the Manly Vale Community Garden. Join Paul Cannings, The Garden Ape, Micheal Lancaster from Permaculture Northern Beaches and Bob Stevenson from WaterUps®s  as they demonstrate the construction of these water efficient gardens.

WaterUps®s  is now a Key Partner of Permaculture Australia and a member of the Northern Beaches Permaculture group and a local resident. Bob and his team would like to support Permaculture members and as such all Permaculture members are entitled to a 20 % discount on waterups products (Excluding eWood and Corrugated Kit beds).

The permabee (working bee) is Free and will proceed except in extreme weather. Please wear appropriate clothing, bring garden gloves, water bottle, and a plate of food for lunch to share after. If you would like to attend and be allocated to wicking bed construction group  email Paul Cannings, The Garden Ape at paulcannings28@gmail.com.

For more details on the water ups products check out the web site at www.waterups.com.au and click on the Products tab.

To order and claim the discount please contact Bob Stevenson on 1300 205 550 or by email at bob@waterups.com.au





Can you believe it! It’s been 8 years! Over that time we have met hundreds of people, all interested in becoming that little bit more sustainable and of course growing organic fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs.



Come and join us to celebrate our wonderful garden, connect with the local community and learn more about all things sustainable.

Something for the whole family.

Insect hotels, Compost demonstration, Native bee-hive split, Permaculture, Produce/seedling stall, Seed bombs and Natural pest-control workshop, Face painting, Sausage sizzle, Coffee…and more.



Saturday, August 11, 2018
1:00pm – 6:00pm

Nelson Heather Community Centre, Angophora Room at Warriewood   5 Jacksons Rd, North Narrabeen (off Pittwater rd near Warriewood Square).


Experienced woodworkers will be teaching you how to fix that wobbly chair and table legs and how to give new life to a pre-loved piece of furniture. This workshop includes understanding how to repair joints and replace worn out or missing parts. You’ll be taught how to use different tools – both hand and power – and how to select the right tool for the job.

Brought to you from The Bower’s Reuse and Recycling Centre ‘Tricks of the Trade’ workshop series are a great opportunity to familiarise yourself with the latest ideas and techniques for the repairing and upcycling of pre-loved furniture. No prior skills are required as our experienced facilitators will guide you through the workshop.

Places are limited so please book by emailing:  cathy_natoli@hotmail.com

Cost $50 or $45 for members



Saturday, August 18, 2018
10:00am – 1:00pm

Cost – $20 for members and $25 for non-members per person

For bookings please email: maria.i.claverol@gmail.com

This Home Remedies workshop is for anyone wishing to learn about simple, natural ways to take care of their own health and the health and well-being of their families and friends.

Together we will make safe and simple natural home remedies to prepare us for the colder winter months. We will make cough syrups, throat lozenges, herbal vinegars, vapour rubs and more. Many of these ingredients you will have stored in your kitchen cupboards and growing in your garden.

This workshop will be presented by Julie Gundlach. Julie has been qualified in many areas of health and wellbeing for over 20 years including Advanced Classical Herbal Medicine, Clinical Aromatherapy and Psychotherapy.

This is organised by the Permaculture Northern Beaches Living Skills team and will be held at Avalon.


Sunday, August 26, 2018
2:30pm – 5:30pm

Narrabeen beach (map)Join Sydney forager Diego Bonetto on a 3 hour workshop learning the what, where and how of collecting a meal from the seashore. This is a rare opportunity to learn from one of Sydney’s most knowledgeable people when it comes to sourcing food from the land and sea.

Learn about the most common edible seaweeds, coastal wild food, littoral plants and their uses from an indigenous and cosmopolitan perspective. We will touch on issues of legal restrictions, ecology and fragility of ecosystems, stewardship and care for the land and sea.

This is an informative workshop designed to empower people with identification skills.

This is a family-friendly stroll by the sea. Dress for the weather and bring the camera and notebook if you wish to retain the information. Venturing onto the rock platform will depend on wave conditions. The tour is at low tide.

Bookings are essential please email: Michaellancaster82@yahoo.com

Costing $35 for non-members and $25 for PNB members.


Thursday, August 30, 2018
7:15pm – 9:00pm

Nelson Heather Community Centre,  Banksia Room, 5 Jacksons Rd, North Narrabeen (off Pittwater rd near Warriewood Square).

As part of our Green Home Project, Permaculture Northern Beaches has brought together a panel of industry experts to present new and emerging sustainable technologies.

The panelists include Kiera Murphy from 4 Pines Brewery, Christina Kirsch from Clear Sky Solar, and Sally Perini from Zero Mow.

  • Kiera Murphy is a champion of sustainability at 4 Pines Brewery based at Brookvale, and will share with you the sustainability solutions including the emerging technology of using blockchain (peer to peer) to supply solar energy.
  • Christina Kirsch is the Director of Innovation and Strategy at Clear Sky Solar who provide solar energy solutions at the community level. Clear Sky Solar began as a start-up in 2013, and now has over 600kW installed capacity of community owned solar projects in Australia.
  • Sally Perini, the founder of Zero Mow, which helps  businesses and individuals transition from polluting petrol powered machines to electric machines charged by solar panels for your gardening machinery needs.

Come along and see where we can co-create a sustainable future together. Entry is by donation for hall hire costs.

We will have a swap table to share the abundance from your garden and home, such as small potted plants, crops, and books. There will also be organic teas and coffee available, please bring a plate of food to share.


Every Wednesday

Get locally grown fruit and vegetables

From  Manly Vale Community Garden

In collaboration with Harvest Hub




Join Harvest Hub and support the garden too.


  • Affordable

  • Convenient

  • No plastic. No chemicals

  • Customise your bag

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You know when I was a kid, more than 50years ago, the Sydney region climate was classed as temperate. Now we are definitely sub-tropical.

The good thing about growing your own, is that you can create micro-climates in your gardens and grow plants with different climate requirements at the same time.

So this list is for sub-tropical Sydney from Gardenate http://www.gardenate.com/plants

Broad beans; Fava beans, Beetroot, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Celery, Chicory, Chives, Collards, Endive, Garlic, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard greens, Onion, Parsnip, Peas, Radish, Rocket, Shallots; Eschalots, Silverbeet; Swiss Chard, Snow Peas; Sugar Peas.

You can also click onto this blog’s planting guide pages for more information.

Happy Gardening

We are thrilled to be involved with our very own “paddock to plate”. Our newest garden member just happens to be part owner of the newest Thai restaurant in Manly Vale, just across the road from the garden, on Condamine St, near King St.

She is planning to grow vegetables in her plot for the restaurant, and the restaurant will recycle their food waste through our Drop and Swap composting system. How good is that!

Bangok Soul Thai restaurant

Here is the website for Permaculture Northern Beaches, where you can find a lot of very good information on all things Permaculture, environmental and organic plus more. PNB has public monthly meetings and various workshops throughout the year.


What’s coming up:

Thursday, May 31 – 7:15 PM

Interested in traditional bush plants and their uses as food and medicine?
Jess Sinnott is an owner and educator from the indigenous company Koori Kinnections which runs bush food cooking classes, school incursions, guided bush walks, resource talks, weaving workshops and more. It is an 100% Aboriginal owned and employed company in Sydney.
Jess Sinnott is a Yuin and Wailwan woman living in Sydney. She has gained a wealth of knowledge about Aboriginal culture, history, and heritage. She will talk us through traditional bush foods and bring along a few delicious dishes for us to sample that use bush food ingredients!

Entry is by donation. All welcome. No need to book.
Doors open at 7:15 PM at Nelson Heather Centre, Banksia Room, 5 Jacksons Road (off Pittwater Rd), North Narrabeen.
The event is part of PNB’s Green Home initiative made possible by the Northern Beaches Council Community Grant program.


Thursday, June 28 – 7:15 PM

Sometimes it can feel like the environmental, economic and social issues the world is currently facing are too big, too overwhelming, to be dealt with by individuals?
‘Living the Change’ explores solutions to the global crises we face today – solutions any one can be part of – this is inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in a sustainable and regenerative way.
From forest gardens to composting toilets, community supported agriculture to time-banking, ‘Living the Change’ offers ways we can rethink our approach to how we live. Watch the trailer here: https://livingthechangefilm.com/
Entry is $7 non-members and $5 for members. Soup is available for $3 a bowl/cup. Please bring crockery and cutlery on the night. All welcome!! No need to book.
Doors open at 7:15 PM at Nelson Heather Centre, Banksia Room, 5 Jacksons Road (off Pittwater Rd), North Narrabeen.
The event is part of PNB’s Green Home initiative made possible by the Northern Beaches Council Community Grant program.



This two-day course is a great overview of all aspects of permaculture – so as to enable you to take the next steps to incorporate this into your life. Over the weekend we will cover topics from organic gardening, sustainable housing, soil, site analysis for your garden/site, permaculture design, and zoning. You will receive an Introduction to Permaculture certificate and a copy of Bill Mollison’s book ” Introduction to Permaculture.”  The course will be held at the Coastal Environment Centre (CEC) on Pelican Walk, Narrabeen Lagoon.  This will also allow for some practical exercises. You will learn how to include permaculture design in your own home and garden.

Teachers for the weekend include Margaret Mossakowska, biologist, and Moss House Sustainability founder and Michelle Sheather, international ecologist, Permaculture Northern Beaches Committee. Organised by Moss House, supported by Permaculture Northern Beaches.

Organised by Moss House and Crop Swap supported by Permaculture Northern Beaches.The course will be from 09:30 – 4:30 pm on both days.

Cost:  $315 for Crop Swap, community garden and permaculture group members, $350 for non-members, concessions available for students, pensioners, unemployed.

BOOK NOW AS PLACE ARE LIMITED!  For bookings and information please contact – elle232@gmail.com with the subject heading ITP June 2018.

CEC backs onto the Narrabeen caravan park and is next to Narrabeen lagoon and beach if you are looking for accommodation for a weekend educational break! There are also many B&Bs available nearby.  Buses stop at Pittwater Rd. Narrabeen High School and it is a short walk to CEC.

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