Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes
In a time of iso, have you found extra time on your hands? Are you putting those hands to good use? Perhaps you have recently started a vegetable patch or even tried growing herbs on your windowsill. Well, you are certainly not alone as thousands are turning their hand (or green thumbs) to grow their own food. Join those who have been growing edibles for some time and get tips from the experts.
Fresh Eggs (May Cross)
The inaugural Samford Edible Garden Trail opens on Sunday 17 May and you are invited to participate in a daily tour. These will be rolled out online for two weeks until Sunday 31 May. It's great to have so many local gardeners kindly sharing their gardens to allow everyone to take a sneaky peek through their gates at what they are growing You will discover how they grow edibles and see what inspires them: veggies, fruit trees, eggs, honey and more.
Mount Samson State School
You can pick up tips on how to have a productive backyard vegetable garden; how to manage a few chooks for your own fresh eggs, start a worm farm, or learn the difference between a hot compost and a slow compost. There's a diverse range of topics and gardens on show including the new kitchen garden at Mount Samson State School, Arran's productive Powerful Owl garden, Jenny Kato's permaculture garden, and many other 4520 locals who just love gardening for food. With short videos, they explain various aspects of their productive gardens from living native fences, worm farms, soil improvement and composting, to zone planning and market gardening. Best of all is that you get taken on a virtual tour of each of the gardens.
Highlights of the Edible Graden Trail * Super Soils: This is for all you earthlings who love soil, from composting to worm farms, organic fertilisers, fallow systems and primary plantings. * Principles to Practice: This is about different gardening systems. Find out about permaculture, biodynamics, companion planting, community-supported agriculture, regenerative agriculture, and more. * Community Capers: Find out what gardeners and gardening groups are doing to contribute to communitye.g. community hubs, local cafes, demonstration farms, local growers groups to inspire you. * Birds and Bees: Learn stuff about animals, such as beekeeping, alpaca farming, growing plants for birds and butterflies, and all about chooks. * Family Fun: Get ideas to keep the kids busy in the garden. See forts, mystery gardens, mini-golf and adventure-lands.
See Arran's Powerful Owl Permaculture tips.
Some of the gardeners will also host live Facebook events and Q&A on their open garden day. Several local businesses have generously supported this event and you will be the beneficiary.
Let's make the great Australian backyard veggie patch a common sight again. Growing and sourcing food locally reduces our carbon footprint while improving our health and well-being. Start with a little garden or a few pots and make a difference. From little things, big things grow.