Cleaning out my fridge recently, I came across a punnet of cherry tomatoes that had seen better days. But rather than throw these sorry, soft spheres in the bin, I tossed them into the garden. They'd just decompose, right? Imagine my surprise when I came across a couple of tiny tomato plants growing where the spoiled tomatoes used to be. So far, they've survived Brisbane's cold snap and several rounds of heavy rain. I can't wait to see if I'll have my own supply of summer tomatoes in a few months' time.
For green thumbs, of course, gardening isn't quite so much guesswork. And at Bright Learning's Easy edibles to grow and eat at home workshop, instructor David Borthwick from Productive Gardens will be helping people harness skill - rather than happy accident - to grow their own food. 'Anyone can start their own edible garden and bring fresh produce into their kitchen,' he says.
You don't need a big backyard to do this either. Borthwick notes that people who have not much more than a balcony, terrace or rooftop can still reap the rewards of their efforts. 'Discover the best practices for successful small-space gardening from container selection to crop choices and tips for high yield results,' he says.
Packed with nutrients, sprouts and micro-greens are good options for small spaces. Borthwick will also cover the best small vegetables to grow in limited spaces - and how you can maximise yields, thus getting more bang for your buck. Past participants advise that Borthwick covers when and what to plant, how to test a soil's pH level and tips for protecting your gardens from pests. Propagation tips and techniques will also be covered.