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With international travel becoming so cheap, now might be a good time to save some dollars on the grocery bill for your next overseas holiday. I'm already saving considerably by visiting Paddy's Market, but you can save buckets more by learning how to grow your own delicious salads, herbs and vegetables right on your balcony or windowsill.
The City of Sydney is putting on a free forum of expert speakers who will show you all there is to know about growing, harvesting, preparing and enjoying food.
This is a great chance to hear from local experts about how you can turn even the tiniest of urban spaces into a productive, edible garden," Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said.
Urban permaculturist and Balcony Garden Dreaming blogger, Cecilia Macaulay, and Sam Crawford sustainable architect and creator of Surry Hills' hugely popular Edible Outdoor Rooms pop-up community garden, will provide practical tips and advice about how to grow your own with minimum fuss.
The panel will answer questions from would-be urban gardeners about what to plant, when and where to plant it, and how to keep a garden of any size healthy and productive.
A lot of people living in our community have only small spaces - like balconies, courtyards or even window sills which they can use for growing plants - but even these spaces can produce remarkable results," the Lord Mayor said.
The basic ingredient for an edible garden is a sunny spot that gets about six hours of sunlight a day. Containers can be a trellis or hanging basket or old buckets or tins with holes poked in the base for drainage. Add some potting mix and seeds or seedlings, water regularly, and your garden has begun.
Good post Joslin, from my experience, growing veggies in pot plants on the balconies is really hard! Everything drys out too quickly as the suns heat is amplified. I recommend hydroponic vertical gardens for sure. Here's a mob in Sydney with a cool product for balcony growers.