Pentridge Community Garden – virtual induction

A view of a rolladuct and garden bed at pentridge community garden

Virtual induction for new members at Pentridge Community Garden

Hello, and welcome to Pentridge Community Garden. We are excited for you join us as a gardening member!

Usually we would like to show you around and give you an induction in person. Unfortunately the pandemic has meant that visitors are restricted. Please read over this page, and watch the linked videos, as they form your virtual induction. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Attending the garden during COVID-19:

Given the rapidly changing situation in Victoria, updates on how to book a spot and attend the garden will come primarily via email. Please check your inbox or the members’ Facebook group for the latest updates, and ensure you are aware of your obligations under the restrictions before you visit

If you are unsure, please contact us at 

Access to the garden

The garden is accessible to members at any time during daylight hours. When coronavirus restrictions allow, ‘Open Garden’ sessions happen once a week, and are a great opportunity to meet with other volunteers. For updated times, check our newsletter and Facebook group.

The main gates to the garden and shed are kept locked to prevent vandalism and theft. Your welcome email contains the codes. 

Finding your way around

Map at PCG
Our map is a good area to check if you need tasks to do. We also put communal updates on the corkboard.
Garden beds at Pentridge
Most of the space at Pentridge is dedicated to communal gardening. The large, open beds are all communal, and you are welcome to get stuck in. There are a handful of personal plots - these are self-contained and marked with names. Please don't touch these.
Perennial garden at PCG
The perennial garden follows the Stockade Avenue boundary. This area is only for flowers and non-edible plants. There is always lots of weeding to be done in this area.
The swale sits between the garden and the Pentridge wall. The ground here is not safe for planting in, but we need to keep weeds and grass low as part of our maintenance.
Bee hives at PCG
There are two bee hives situated in the swale. These are looked after by Nick from HoneyFingers honey. Try not to use any power tools (e.g. whipper snipper) too close to the hives. Occasionally Nick will harvest honey to share with us. For members who might be allergic, antihistamines are located inside the First Aid Kit.
Wood storage
We also store spare pots and bits of wood in the swale area. These are available for all members to use.
The greenhouse can be used by all members to store seedlings and produce such as pumpkins or straw.
Silver beet growing at PCG
Plants around the communal area will be marked with signs

Your guide to the shed

The shed contains tools, baskets, consumables (like seasol and charlie carp), twine, chook wire, the first aid kit, and anything else you might need to garden. Please ensure you always close and lock the shed after use. 
Image of the PCG shipping container shed with padlock on bottom right hand side.
PCG shed combination lock showing how to align the 4 numbers of the code
Image of PCG shed showing how to disengage latches and push levers to open
First aid kit hung on front right wall in PCG shed

Drinking water and the watering system

Drinking water sink
The sink attached to the shed has drinkable water, as does the hose next to the rolladuct with the dog bowl beside it. Please feel free to bring your pets along too!
Image of person holding hose connected to non-drinking tap
Taps marked with "Rain water in use" are for watering only.

Accidents, injuries and incidents 

In case of Emergency, our address is 1 Stockade Avenue (cnr Murray Road & Stockade Avenue) Coburg Vic 3058
  • Emergency: Call 000 for an Ambulance, Police or Fire
  • Poisons Information:  Call 13 11 26 24 hours, 7 days a week
Nearest hospital emergency departments:
  • Royal Melbourne Hospital, 300 Grattan Street, Parkville VIC 3050, (03) 9342 7000.

  • John Fawkner Private Hospital, 275 Moreland Rd, Coburg VIC 3058 , (03) 9385 2500. (A fee is payable at their Emergency Dept.)

Nearby medical centres:
  • Harding Street Medical Centre, 16 Harding Street, Coburg, (03) 9384 1321.

  • Coburg Family Medical Centre, 497 Sydney Road Coburg, (03) 9354 4042.

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