It’s true, I’ve got black thumbs, but I am trying to grow a few veggies in our backgarden.You might already be growing food in your backyard, or you might be looking for inspiration to make a start? Why not join in on a free tour of a Bunbury Urban Grower’s garden and small fruit orchard on Saturday 16th October, 4.00-5.00pm, 14 Collinsville Close, Usher and see how others are growing food in urban gardens.
On show will be two sustainable systems to grow food; an aquaponics sytem and wicking beds. Both are waterwise and can be as organic as you want them to be. Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (growing plants in soilless media). Wicking beds are raised beds on steroids – a system that’s creating a stir in gardening circles.
Stay after the tour for a cuppa and chat with fellow gardeners and have your gardening questions answered by Pierre Marx, a permaculture consultant. It’s all free! How good is that!
RSVP Friday, 15th October – space is limited, so be quick!
Contact Pierre 0432 937 648 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Bunbury Urban Growers is a growing community of enthusiastic gardeners, keen
to “grow their own” and to learn from others. They organise regular tours of
gardens in the Greater Bunbury area where urban growers display how they are
doing their bit for local food security. Soon, they’ll be starting up some practical
workshops on seed saving, compost making, etc. Come along to these free
events to get inspired and to learn. Who knows, your garden might be the next
one on the list!
BUG are proudly associated with Transition Bunbury, a community-based response
to peak oil, climate change and global economic volatility. Visit
www.transitionbunbury.org.au for more information.
Want more information about permaculture? Visit www.permaculture.org.au and be inspired by the permaculture ethics:- Care for the earth, care for people and fair share.
In the meantime, why not get started in your own backyard?
Plant some herbs between existing shrubs
Grow some veggies in the rose beds
Start a compost heap
Plant some beetroot and lettuce – they’re low maintenance crops
Kale and parsley are hardy crops too
Spinach beet is easy to grow, radishes are pretty easy and come up quickly (so I’m told! I’m hoping!).
Find out how to set up a worm farm
Oh, and on the slug problem – slugs apparently like beer. Send the slugs to sleep via intoxication and put a plate full of beer by your plants. Or crush shells and scatter then on your garden beds to deter these slimy critters.
Got any gardening hints for south west urban gardeners ? Let us know, send in your comments.