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Balcony, Container & Small Gardens Workshop

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Balcony, Container & Small Gardens Workshop

Time: November 17, 2012 from 9am to 11am
Location: Veggie Village Community Garden
Street: Rufous Street (adjacent to Di Hurst Oval)
City/Town: Peregian Beach, Sunshine Coast
Website or Map: http://veggievillage.org.au/
Phone: 07 5445 9194 | 0407 777 049
Event Type: workshop
Organized By: Anne Gibson
Latest Activity: Nov 15, 2012

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Do you have an urban block, balcony, verandah or windowsill that you’d like to grow an edible garden, or a community garden plot where you want to maximise the yields in a compact space? Are you renting & need ideas on temporary, mini portable gardens that you can take with you? Or maybe you are a beginner gardener or family with children wanting to start small with some simple easy solutions? 

It doesn’t cost a fortune in materials; backbreaking labour; expensive equipment; too much time or complicated skills – just some basic steps & a little time input from you!

Whether you want to grow culinary or medicinal herbs, delicious nutrient-packed stir fry veggies + salad ingredients, or perhaps some fresh citrus fruit near your door, it’s all possible! With some good design tips, practical simple steps & hands-on experience, you can quickly learn what you need to get started or improve on what you’re doing. 

Learn some simple, easy-to-follow steps to produce abundance with a minimum of time, money & energy – join presenter Anne Gibson from The Micro Gardener for a tips-and-techniques packed practical workshop that will inspire you to get started or build on what you already know:

  • learn ways to save money and be more sustainable by growing food you love to eat and make your own garden supplies.
  • find out how to save time & avoid expensive mistakes by learning about the special needs of small gardens.
  • be inspired with new ideas for pots and containers, growing indoors/outdoors and multi-purpose edible gardens. 

The workshop will focus on:

  1. Design - Wise use of space & resources including vertical gardens
  2. Choosing Plants - to meet your particular needs & what grows well in pots & small spaces
  3. Special needs of small gardens – Fertilising, watering & maintenance to grow nutrient dense food

and answer a barrow load of common questions like:

  • What containers are suitable for growing food?
  • What kind of potting mix should I use?
  • What are the benefits of container gardening?
  • How do I maintain my garden when I’m really busy?
  • What sort of edible plants grow best in planters?
  • What should I be planting right now?
  • What kind of food gardens can I grow indoors?
  • Where do I get supplies locally?
  • What solutions are there for renters?

‘Dig in’ - come & see how easy it is to make your own potting mix, plant up a salad garden in a repurposed container, plant for year round abundance & through clever design, have colour, beauty + fragrance in your edible garden.

$8 Veggie Village members; $10 non-members. Free Workbook & Notes.

No bookings req'd. Email: anne@themicrogardener.com

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Comment by Anne Gibson on November 15, 2012 at 14:00

Yes that's true from my experience Elaine. I add the nutrients my plants need to my home made potting mix so they get a great start in life and only top up as needed when it runs out. My plants tell me when they need it. I do the same in a garden bed. That way they're never hungry for long!

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 15, 2012 at 13:46

Ah! I have come to the understanding, rather belatedly, that an ongoing fertilising regime is needed. Unless you could be sure that the letter of Biodynamics is followed and especially in pots or small beds, there isn't enough nutrients in the mix or soil for continued growth to maturity.

Comment by Anne Gibson on November 15, 2012 at 11:10

I always add rock minerals, love Organic Xtra pellets, seaweed/fish emulsion (every couple of weeks or so) and beneficial microbes + heavy feeding mulch.  I also mix up what I give my plants during the growing cycle and side dress with these soil conditioners as needed so my crops are healthy and well fed.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 15, 2012 at 10:59

So cool! What fertilisers do you use to get such production? Green with envy ;-)

Comment by Anne Gibson on November 15, 2012 at 10:43

Thanks Elaine - will see what I can do for you. This raised bed is typical of my gardening style - compact colourful chaos! I mix a lot of shapes, textures and colours together so my edible gardens provide ornamental value. Often use chives & parsley as borders and leafy greens like the sorrel above as a backdrop for other plants. I mix up tall & skinny alliums with those that demand more space and they provide pest protection at the same time so I weave in companion plants amongst those that need help. Seems to work!

Below is a 30cm round & 10cm deep wooden salad bowl I converted into a container garden - it grows 1 curly leaf parsley in the centre & 7 different pick-n-pluck lettuces around the outside. The garden books will tell you not to plant so close as this but these are always healthy, never suffer pest or disease and I'm harvesting for 3 months off one salad bowl. I make my own potting mix which is packed with all the goodies they need to thrive and as you can see, I just use leaf mulch!

I don't pay too much attention to plant spacing as this is ideal-great-if-you-have-lots-of-room-textbook stuff that wastes too much valuable space. I have experimented with the 'up close and personal' cottage garden style and never plant in rows as such. I like variety in one pot or bed. It's far more productive, easier to manage and saves me time and money. That's what I like to share with others!

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 15, 2012 at 10:18

Wouldn't that be wonderful? One day someone closer might put on a demo - or perhaps you'd like to prepare some notes? No objection to paying! I love the look of gardens all crowded and growing like mad and I've never been able to do that.

Comment by Anne Gibson on November 15, 2012 at 9:21

Comment by Anne Gibson on November 15, 2012 at 9:11

Looking forward to showing you how I grow food in my container gardens and lots of sharing tips at this Saturday's workshop. I intensively 'farm' in pots and small spaces and love sharing ways to make your garden productive and healthy without spending a lot of time, money and energy! Hope to see you there. 

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