If you want to learn the secrets of sustainable gardening -- including how to compost like a champion, worm-farm like a wonder, and grow a healthy harvest without having to dig -- then you need to know about these free sustainable gardening workshops, funded by Brisbane City Council.
I have to confess that I have a brown thumb myself (roughly the colour of every pot-plant that I try to look after). But I do have some friends who are very good gardeners. One of them is a lovely soul called Claire Ward, who's taking this great series of workshops running from now till September.
With Claire's capable and friendly help, children and adults can learn all they need to know to become sustainable gardeners.
Each workshop runs for two hours and you can do as many or as few as you like. Some run at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens (where Claire is an education officer), but quite a few will be held at the Pocket Community Garden in Woolloongabba.
The Pocket is one of those gorgeous, grass-roots projects that makes you feel happy when you hear about it. Basically, a bunch of Woollongabba locals got together and started a shared garden in 2009. Today, it has two big garden beds and a small orchard, and produces bumper crops of tomatoes, herbs, beans, greens etc.
The Pocket brings local people together, is good for the environment, and is a very pretty addition to its local neighbourhood. I'm sure it will also be the perfect setting for the free workshops.
The workshops run 9.30am-11.30am on selected Saturdays between 14 July and 22 September. Topics covered are:
PS The Pocket also holds regular working bees at 3pm on the fourth Sunday of each month. Everybody's welcome to go along to those, and to other regular gardening get-togethers at the Pocket. Find out more at the Pocket Community Garden Facebook page.