COVID-19 lockdowns provide an opportunity to relook at the backyard and see what it can become with some tender loving car. To help your green thumbs working, just go online to My Smart Garden and check out its environment-friendly events. This free program is for Melbourne participants only, with priority given to locals living in Moonee Valley, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Brimbank, Wyndham, Stonnington, Yarra and Moreland Council areas. Remaining spaces will be shared with everyone else. Event details and video conference links are shared after registration. Here are the events lined up in August:
4 August - Growing vegies from seed
Winter is the time to start planting your own vegetable seedlings for the spring season. You will learn low and no-cost methods to propagate vegetables from seed in your vege beds. This event is part of Permaculture Out West's Pollinate the West festival.
It runs online from 5.30pm to 6.30pm AEST. Register here.
Interested in ways to preserve your food? Lacto-fermentaion offers a simple and effective way to preserve food as well as increase its nutritional content and avoid food waste in your home. This event is led by Jess, the Fermented Mumma (@fermentedmumma) who has over 5 years of knowledge and experience in Fermentation. She is a mother and health enthusiast who uses traditional methods of fermenting to help people reconnect with food.
The event runs online from 4.30pm to 6pm AEST. Register here.
18 August - Understanding weather for Melbourne gardeners
An understanding of weather helps to support your growing endeavours. This event provides you with the basics using examples from Melbourne suburbs. You will understand more about rainfall, evaporation, temperature and even chilling hours for fruit and nut trees.
The event runs online from 4.30pm to 7pm AEST. Register here.
Wyndham local and gardener Chiara Perri will explain the benefits of habitat gardening and introduce you to indigenous plants that were once abundant in the western parts of Melbourne. You will also learn how best to attract birds, butterflies, reptiles and frogs to your backyard using native plants.
The event runs online from 8am to 9.30am AEST. Register here.
24 August - Asian Greens
Love Asian vegetables on your plate? Werribee local gardener Craig Castree and author of books Edible Gardens, Plant Profiles and A Simple Urban Life will show you how to grow Asian greens in your own backyard garden including tips on managing insect attacks.
The event runs online from 5pm to 6pm AEST. Register here.