Eat Your Balcony edible gardening event

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12:30pm - 2:30pm EST Saturday, June 26 2010
Port Phillip EcoCentre
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paula on Jun 09, 2010

Get creative about growing food in small spaces!

The Port Phillip Urban Fresh Food Network (PPUFFN) is encouraging locals to get creative about growing food in small spaces via an ‘Eat Your Balcony' campaign.

The campaign will kick-start with a free, edible gardening event on 26 June at the Port Phillip EcoCentre. The event features guest speakers, a visit to a local edible garden and practical demonstrations of growing plants in ‘wicking' containers. To top off the afternoon, expect some warming soup, home baked bread (gold coin donation appreciated) and entry into the draw for a nursery voucher door prize.

The program is designed to give people the inspiration and ‘do it yourself' know-how to set up their own edible oasis in whatever space they have available - think potted vegies in courtyards and balconies and intensive fruit tree plantings in small urban yards.

In the spirit of sustainability and innovation, there will be an emphasis on the use of recycled materials to support growing practices. You can find out how to convert a wheelie bin into a self watering ‘wicking' box and how to make potting mix out of compost and worm castings

Don't worry if you haven't got a DIY approach as there'll be ready-made container garden kits available for sale on the day.

Taking food growing to new heights, horticulturalist and St Kilda Road apartment resident Elspeth Ferguson will talk you through the ins and outs of creating an edible garden on your balcony.

If you thought that pots were just for herbs then think again. This event will introduce you to a couple whose Balaclava garden is home to potted avocados, strawberries, beans and bok choi. And that's just the start. Their intensively managed small suburban yard boasts a collection of different fruit, from pepino and currants, to Kiwi fruit, pummelo and tangelo.

As well as sharing their experiences of fruit growing at the event, they'll be opening up their garden for a group visit and a nip of their home-made cumquat brandy at the end of the day.

RVSP's essential: Paula Havelberg, PPUFFN Project Worker,
9525 3102 /
0417 501 383



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