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Linda's Eco Botanica Workshops at the Botanic Gardens

Linda is doing more workshops this year, including:

How to grow food in tiny gardens or rental properties.
Permaculture for suburban living ('At last', I hear you say. Yes, I am qualified designer and teacher with Bill Mollison, the father of permaculture.)
How to establish good foundations of soil fertility including worms, compost and lots more
Summer and winter vegies
Advanced fruit tree care - pruning and organic pest control
Creating eco-friendly sustainable gardens
More fun kids programs

Check out Linda's website at www.ecobotanica.com.au
You can also sign up to her eNewsletter, which I find to be good value

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This is a (photo-free) copy of Linda's eNewsletter

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Linda's Harvest Basket

E-Magazine

New Workshops for 2010

Vegie garden workshop Mt Coot-tha
In this ezine:
New eco-friendly workshops for 2010 out now
Holiday vegie garden care
Is your mulch repelling the rain?
Plant a cover crop over the holidays

New eco-friendly workshops for 2010 out now

I know many people are waiting for the new workshops for 2010. They are now organised and available for you to choose from on the Ecobotanica website. I have 25 exciting new workshops covering a wide range of organic and sustainability topics. Lots of options to join a vegie garden workshop too as the last ones were completely booked out!

You will find something to suit all needs and levels of gardening knowledge from beginners to more advanced.

Did you already complete a course with me in 2009? If are inspired to know more, there are workshops for you to choose from too!

Some of the workshops coming up include :
How to grow food in tiny gardens or rental properties.
Permaculture for suburban living ('At last', I hear you say. Yes, I am qualified designer and teacher with Bill Mollison, the father of permaculture.)
How to establish good foundations of soil fertility including worms, compost and lots more
Summer and winter vegies
Advanced fruit tree care - pruning and organic pest control
Creating eco-friendly sustainable gardens
More fun kids programs
Click here to go to the 'What's On' page on the Ecobotanica website. You'll find details of all the workshops. Remember to call or email and book soon to ensure your spot.


For more photos of the workshops, take a look at the Gallery pictures.


Holiday Vegie Garden Care

Don't let your precious vegetables and herbs die on you while you are taking a Christmas break.

We have had a huge amount of rain. Potted herbs and vegies exposed to excessive rain may rot if the pot saucers stay full of water. Soil becomes water-logged and roots rot through anaerobic (poor oxygen levels) potting mix. If left in a saucer of water, root rot can set in quickly. Ensure that water can drain away regularly.

For potted vegies grown on a balcony or under cover, a dose of the organic soil wetter 'Eco Hydrate' will keep the potting mix damp for a few days longer if you are away on a short break.

Is your mulch repelling the rain?

After almost 50mm of rain around Christmas time, I was working in the garden and went to plant some Hong Kong Broccoli seedlings in front of the eggplants. I had previously mulched the bed thickly with chopped lucerne. Now, as I pulled back the lucerne, it was thick and crisp. To my surprise, the soil underneath was quite dry when all the rest of the garden was thoroughly drenched.

I planted the seedlings after wetting down the soil and made sure I broke up the crisp layers of lucerne across the rest of the bed. It is now absorbing the rainfall. So...check your mulch to make sure it is not repelling water and if it is, give it a bit of a tickle up.


Plant a cover crop for the holidays
I have just planted a cover crop of soy beans in a small patch that grew winter and spring vegetables. It was an easy 10 minutes work but a job that will see the soil covered over the wet season, growing a crop that will fix extra nitrogen in the soil through the roots and when dug in come February, will add lots more nitrogen and organic matter. In the meantime I do not expect to water or fertilise it at all.
It will have been a very cheap soil improvement solution that will have cost me about $2.00. Would you like to know more about cover crops and green manures? Click here to go to the web site pages 'Garden Snippets' Look for How to do it- Cover Crops and Green Manures for Summer


Workshop enquiries: 3349 2962
Email linda@ecobotanica.com.au

Would you like you like to book some garden advice?
Sometimes it's just what you need.
Your own garden advisor who can sort out a few tricky issues.

Ask me for a quote to visit your garden. For expert advice, in your own garden. linda@ecobotanica.com.au



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