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Eat Your Balcony: Edible Gardening Event

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on June 14th, 2010

Source: Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network


Eat Your Balcony: an Edible Gardening Event with the Port Phillip Urban Fresh Food Network (PPUFFN).

At this event we’ll be exploring the theme of growing food in small spaces – think container growing in courtyards and balconies and intensive fruit tree plantings in small urban yards.  You will hear from local horticulturalist and apartment resident Elspeth Ferguson, who will talk you through the ins and outs of setting up an edible, container garden on your balcony (move aside that Weber!). In the spirit of combining knowledge with practical know-how, there’ll be a demonstration on converting recycled materials into container gardens and creating your own potting mix. Don’t worry if you don’t have a DIY approach as there’ll be ready-made container garden kits available for sale on the day!

If you thought that pots were just for herbs then think again. This forum 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 citrus, stone fruit and berries, including pepino, currants, Kiwi fruit, pomelo and tangelo. As well as sharing their experiences of fruit growing at the event, they’ll generously be opening up their garden for a group visit at the end of the forum.

To top of the afternoon, expect some warming soup, home baked bread and entry into the draw for a nursery voucher door prize (gold coin donation appreciated).

Saturday 26 June, 12.30-2.30pm.
Port Phillip EcoCentre, St Kilda.
Gold coin donation appreciated.

Bookings/Information: Paula 03 9525 3102 / 0417 501 383. gardeners@ecocentre.com