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Make your garden work for you
Anyone For a Persimmon?
We're lucky to have a mild Mediterranean climate in Adelaide that is perfect for growing your own fruit and vegetables. And in the thrifty times after World War 2 people were quick to plant fruit trees as a way to save money with a cheap and bountiful source of food.
For many of us that bounty is still continuing, with back yard fruit trees of all varieties popping their crops every year for little or no effort by us. These days much of the fruit goes to waste - demand for loquats, grapefruit, mandarins, or astringent persimmons is not widespread as it once was. Often the fruit drops to the ground and provides a tasty feast for possums, rats and birds.
Even if we like fruit the crop can be too much all at once. Sometimes people share it with their neighbours, while other people use a food exchange, but in this digital age there are even smarter ways to redistribute produce.
The free RipeNearMe website is a fantastic innovation from a South Australian startup which helps you to quickly locate fruit and vegetables or other home grown produce (eg eggs, herbs and nuts) in your local area. Many offerings are free, and others are well below market price, letting us tap into that rich store of surplus produce that would otherwise be wasted. Of course if you have any surplus yourself, you can advertise that for free too.
To celebrate the launch of their website the folk at RipeNearMe are holding Edible-izing Adelaide - a free family fun afternoon in Adelaide's eastern suburbs on Sunday June 15. Gardening Australia's Costa Georgiadis and Sophie Thomson will be there with the RipeNearMe team to share tips and help your food growing project come alive. To add a bit of excitement you're invited to get your beard on and enter in a fun Costa look-alike competition with the chance to win a prize.
Gardening Australia's Costa Georgiadis and Sophie Thomson will be at Edible-izing Adelaide
Of course there is a free food exchange too, so bring along your home grown food and vegetables to swap, or if you haven't been lucky yet then come and chat about community gardens. You can even learn how to make the most basic garden productive.
Every adult who registers for Edible-izing Adelaide is eligible to receive a free glass of wine, Soft drinks are available if you prefer, and of course will be available for the kids. There will be a chance to chat with the RipeNearMe team, and hear about their plans for the future - if you're keen you can even get involved in supporting this worthwhile movement.
For all the information you need to know about Edible-izing Adelaide head over to the event web page where you can register too. It will be a top opportunity to find out how you can save money and eat healthier by Edible-izing Adelaide - and do your bit for gardening Australia.