Two Hour Site Consult (Book Online)

Site Visits & Garden Advice

Imagine how much you could learn when a gardening expert visits your garden?

Get advice about any gardening related topics with your on site consult.

"We wanted some advice reworking the existing garden to incorporate more fruit trees and vegies. Duncan's advice was invaluable. He was prompt, friendly, knowledgeable and professional. The site visit was great value for money. "
Donna & Peter McDowell
"Duncan's thorough inspection and diagnosis, clearly identified our problems with the declining yield of our once-productive large vegetable garden. "​
Sue & Angus Martin



Site Analysis of Your Garden

Observe and assess the characteristics of your site. Look at how sun, wind, rain and the slope affect your gardening success. Discuss your ‘needs’ and ‘wants’ from the site to help determine the best garden layout and solutions for you.

Edible Garden Design

Want to get a professional to design your edible garden? Your site consult is the perfect opportunity to discuss design options and costs for your design. If you already have your own design ideas, we can review them during the consult and provide you with plenty of feedback.

Compost Systems and Worm Farm Advice

After discussing your household needs we can make recommendations on the best composting solutions for your situation. Save time, effort and money by getting the right solution.

Raised Garden Beds and Wicking Bed Advice

Learn about the features of different gardening systems. Wicking beds are great, but often their performance doesn’t justify their expense. Find out what is going to be useful in your particular situation and potentially save hundreds of dollars! Understand the best place to put your garden bed and determine what size you need.

Backyard Orchards and Edible Forest Garden Advice

Got an existing backyard orchard or planning a new one? Find out which tree you need and where to buy them. Understand that fruit trees have different requirements and how to lay out your orchard to maximise productivity. Learn about edible forest gardens and how they can produce masses of food with minimal effort.

backyard chicken coops

Plant Pests and Disease Consultation

Get advice on living with or managing garden pests such as possums, birds, bats and rats. Understand your garden ecology and how it can help reduce the impact of aphids and other plant pests. Get that plant disease identified and recommendations for control.

"Our advice enables you live in a more sustainable manner through increasing productivity and reducing maintenance requirements."
Duncan Cocking Leaf Root Fruit Edible Garden Specilaist Hawthorn Melbourne Urban Farmer
Duncan Cocking
"You can grow tasty, nutritious food with very little effort. Let me help you to save time and money by avoiding common gardening mistakes "
Duncan Cocking Leaf Root Fruit Edible Garden Specilaist Hawthorn Melbourne Urban Farmer
Duncan Cocking


Frequently Asked Questions

Will you provide me with a written report?

To keep the costs of this service as low as possible, we do not provide written reports or follow up notes. Instead, we encourage you to take your own notes during the visit.

What happens if it rains?

We conduct our site visits regardless of the weather. Heavy rain or windy days provide great opportunities for us to analyse how the site performs under these conditions!

Can I book you in for a two hour consult to help me prune my fruit trees?

Certainly. However, please book in for our Fruit Tree Pruning Masterclass instead of the Gardening Advice Session. This ensures that we bring the correct equipment and provide you with our comprehensive booklet on fruit tree pruning.

If I decide to go ahead with having some garden beds installed after getting your advice, will my $200 get refunded?

The profit margins on our garden beds and other gardening services are quite slim, so we are unable to discount the site consult fee from the cost of the garden bed. However, we will subtract the $200 cost for the visit from the cost of a full permaculture design as this can be the first step in the design process.

Which Areas Do We Visit?

Duncan divides his time between Melbourne and Kyneton. He limits his consults to the following Local Shire Councils:

Please note: We have temporarily suspended bookings for our garden consultations due to COVID restrictions. We will announce in our newsletter when this service resumes. Please sign up to our newsletter to be given priority booking access.






Glen Eira*


Hobsons Bay*



Macedon Ranges






Moonee Valley*


Mount Alexander

Port Phillip*



Yarra (but NOT Yarra Ranges)

Is your local council not listed? Please do not book a consult with Duncan if you live outside of these areas. Feel free to get in touch with us via email if you really, really, really want to book a consult. We may be able to arrange something for an additional travel fee.

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COVID-19 Crisis: An Update on our services (28/09/2020)

We have temporarily suspended Garden Consult Bookings for all regions.

Yesterday an announcement was made about easing of restrictions for some workplaces and industries. As a result, we have been fielding a lot of enquiries regarding our services and operations. In particularly high demand are our garden consultation services.

Leaf, Root & Fruit are UNABLE to return to operating in the Melbourne Metro area under the current restriction level.

We anticipate that we will be able to return to working in Melbourne when the next step is taken in a few weeks. In the interim we are focussing on completing several projects in Central Victoria to free up resources when that step is taken.

We hope to offer garden consultation bookings as soon as possible. However, once Melbourne restrictions are eased we will need to dedicate most of our time and resources to several landscape projects that have been delayed by the restrictions. This will ensure our valued staff members have opportunities to work.

We aim to plant out as many of our landscapes as possible in early spring. This gives the plants time to settle in before the onset of hot and dry summer weather. The current lockdown has put us very much behind schedule in this regard. As such, we will not be resuming garden consultations until after these works are complete. If you haven’t already done so, please sign up to our newsletter to be informed when our consultation service resumes. Newsletter subscribers will be given priority access to make garden consultation bookings.

Although it has provided many challenges, the current pandemic has created an awareness and enthusiasm for local food production that has filtered right through the community. It has led to an avalanche of new followers and huge interest in our business. We are excited about the prospects for households fuelled with tasty, home grown food as a future standard that we can all create together.

Thanks for your overwhelming support and understanding during this very challenging year for us all.

Stay Safe & Happy Gardening!


We ask you to select three possible appointments for us to meet with you.

This enables us to select one of those three options based on your geography and those of other scheduled appointments. Optimising our schedule and travel routes to different parts of Melbourne reduces our carbon footprint and enables us to keep the cost of this service as low as possible for you.