Sustainable Food Garden at Moss House 2019

Sustainable Food Garden at Moss House
Denistone NSW 2114
10am – 4pm
House Open Style
Regular Guided Tours – No booking required
Entry fee or Donation
Gold coin donation
Donations supporting
Permaculture Sydney North
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
Garden Only
House Size
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms
Open with support of
Permaculture Sydney North

Note: Only the garden is open to the general public.

Real sustainability means growing your own food. It saves millions of litres of water used to grow crops and reduces the use of fossil fuels, which otherwise power the farming machinery, transport and cold storage of food.

Located on a steep hill, the Moss House garden is an example of a 12-years-old vibrant, sustainable permaculture property, designed with the primary goal to provide the owners with food and medicinal plants.

Annual vegetables are grown in 11 raised beds (eight of them are self-watering wicking beds) and the produce is either eaten fresh or preserved in various ways for storage. Nearly 30 fruit trees and many perennial vegetables are mixed with flowering plants, attracting beneficial insects and creating a rich and colourful ecosystem, which includes also two beehives of native stingless bees and a flock of five egg-laying hens.

Rainwater is harvested from the roof of the house and two other structures in the garden (total storage 15,000L) with main tanks feeding garden taps, laundry and the second toilet. Surface water runoff is captured using swales, mulch and a composting pit.

Nothing ever leaves the garden; all non-edible materials collected from it are composted (in bays, bins and worm farms), mulched or used to build plant supports.

You will have an opportunity to see elements of permaculture garden design in action and to taste some of the produce grown on the site.

The 1938 double-brick house (not open to the public) is partially retrofitted.

Electricity is provided by the grid and by 1.5 kW solar panels. Eaves, window awnings and shutters protect interiors from the sun in summer. In winter, the house is heated by two slow combustion wood heaters (firewood is foraged locally).

For more information about the garden, go to the Moss House website or check the ABC TV Gardening Australia episode from 21 May 2016, “A Productive Paradise”.

Moss House have classes and speakers throughout the year.


10:00 – Garden OPENS

10:00-10:30 – Crop Swap Australia – Sydney meetup

10:30-11:00 – guided garden tour

11:30-12:00 – “Fermenting Vegetables 101” – talk and demo on basic vegetable fermenting methods by Moss House

12:30-13:00 – guided garden tour

14:00-14:30 – guided garden tour

15:00-15:30 – guided garden tour

16:00 – Garden CLOSES


Years Open
Roofing materials
Tiles (Clay)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Double brick
Window and door shading
Awnings (external)
Insulation - Under roof
Type: Reflective foil
All electric home
Passive heating cooling
Active heating cooling
2 x slow combustion wood heaters (the larger one includes a fan)
Energy efficiency
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground rainwater storage
Stormwater management
Low flow shower heads
Low flow taps
Swales, composting pit, mulch
Garden / Outdoors
Bee keeping
Bee hotels/friendly
Edible garden
Native plants
Swales capturing rainfall, 7 x self-watering (wicking) garden beds, composting, chickens, native stingless bees
Waste Reduction
Compost all food scraps
Swap with friends and neighbours
Processing waste from a coffee shop and coffee roasters (spent coffee grounds, coffee chaff, hessian sacks)