Individuals and community groups are welcome to download information on this site and publish it free of charge in community newsletters or websites.  People wishing to use information from this site in any form of commercial publication must first obtain permission from the author John Ditchburn.

This website has some links to other websites and the products and services they offer, These links are mainly on the Useful links page but there are some links on other pages.

Please note that I only place links to products and services that I personally use now or have used in the past.  None of the companies that provide these products and services have ever approached me to get me to endorse them on their behalf.

I do not accept unsolicited requests to promote specific commercial websites or products.


I first began to grow vegetables at the age of sixteen.  Since then, apart from a year spent travelling, I have always grown vegetables in one form or another. The garden featured on this website was set up in 1988.  As well as running the Urban Food Garden Website I has been involved in a number of gardening activities.  They are:-

  • Secretary of the St. Kilda Community Garden's Club in the mid 1980"s.

  • Ran Ballarat Organic Growers (affectionately known as BOG) for four years in the mid 1990"s.

  • On the steering committee for the Ballarat Community Gardens between 2003 and 2005.

  • Since the mid 1990's I have given numerous talks and workshops about urban food gardening to a variety of groups, including the Australian Conservation Foundation, BREAZE (Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions) and the Ballarat Community Garden.

As well I work as a freelance cartoonist.  Examples of my work can be found on my website at or type INKCINCT into Google.

the history of this site

This site was first set up on the 1st January 2003 using first Microsoft's FrontPage, and then Microsoft's Expression Web.  It has been built and maintained by a rank computer amateur so forgive me if it does not have all the bells and whistles of more elaborate websites. While it generates some income for me it is essentially a hobby site.

Many subjects I would like to cover are not even listed yet.  Others are very incomplete and need a lot more work.  So please consider it a work in development for probably some years to come.

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