Raised garden beds in the courtyard at the Immigration Museum

Spring into Growing

Family friendly spring veggie gardening workshop

Zoom connection
Household $15
MV Members household $10

Presented as part of the Grow Gather Share Project, we invite you to celebrate locally grown food and the diversity of food cultures in Victoria, proudly supported by VicHealth.

As part of Grow, Gather Share, we share stories of people in their home or community gardens, people using recipes passed down through generations, and people working towards healthy and sustainable ways of producing, purchasing and consuming food.

It’s time to start spring planting, so join us for some gardening these school holidays!

Join Jaclyn Crupi, author of the new book Garden like a Nonno for a hands-on online workshop the whole family can enjoy to celebrate the Spring Equinox.

In this interactive Zoom workshop, you’ll get an opportunity to ask questions and interact with Jaclyn while you learn how to make your own seed-raising mix and use household items to grow seeds in preparation for your garden or balcony. You’ll also learn about common edible weeds in your neighbourhood and how to make weed tea – a wonderful fertiliser for your veggies made from pants you can find in your community. You can choose to have your camera on or off depending on your personal preference.

Workshop host Jaclyn learnt how to garden from her nonnos, so invite your grandparents to also attend - The more the merrier!

The first 40 bookings made before Tuesday 14 September will receive complimentary seed packets ahead of the workshop. Book in now to secure some beautiful peas and beans for your garden!

In preparation for the online workshop, you will need:

At least one of the following (something to plant seeds into):

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Egg carton
  • Plastic berry or tomato container
  • Seedling punnet
  • Newspaper & a glass

Seed-raising mix (store bought if you can't get the ingredients to make your own):

  • Seed-raising mix OR
  • Compost, worm castings (or cow manure or blood & bone), coconut fibre, propagation sand

Weed tea:

  • Weeds or seaweed (enough to fill a bucket)
  • Small bucket with a lid or something to cover it
  • Water


  • Plastic disposable water bottle
  • Nail & hammer
  • Icy pole sticks

Jaclyn Crupi

Jaclyn Crupi is a bookseller in Melbourne and a freelance book editor and project manager. She has written numerous children’s books ranging from board books for babies to fiction for middle graders to craft kits for tweens and teens. Jaclyn has worked in publishing and bookselling since 2002.



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