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Growing Your Own Food: Classes at BAAG

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 9th, 2011

15 September , 2011
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Bulleen Art & Garden (BAAG) has a whole series of gardening-related classes coming up over the next few months, including Vegies for Absolute Beginners, Soil Health and Management – the Good Dirt, Produce in Pots, and Beekeeping for Beginners.  The nursery subsidises the classes to keep them affordable.  The next class, on September 15, is Growing Tomatoes – the Apples of Love:

  • Want to know how to grow loads of juicy, tasty tomatoes? Get the low-down on soil needs, varieties to try, growing from seed or seedling, fertilising and then some tips on what to do with all the buckets of yummy “love apples” you’re bound to be picking.
  • Suitable for gardeners with a little experience in vegie gardening.
  • Class cost is $30
Check out their website for the full list and to make bookings.

Bulleen Art & Garden
6 Manningham Road West,
(03) 8850 3030

Out of the Scientist’s Garden: Australian Urban Agriculture

Posted in Research by Kate Archdeacon on February 22nd, 2010

Source: Cleanfood, the Future Climate newsletter

Out of the Scientist’s Garden — a story of water and food by Richard Stirzaker

From the Book Review by Andrew Campbell

There are few more fundamental issues facing humanity than how best to feed ourselves in an increasingly crowded world, and — in Australia especially — what that means for scarce water resources.  Richard Stirzaker has written a fascinating exploration of the realities of turning water, sunlight and nutrients into food. Out of the Scientist’s Garden — a story of water and food is published by CSIRO Publishing.

This elegant, lucid book starts in the Stirzaker family garden on a 877m2 block in suburban O’Connor, ACT. It works from that very local scale through large-scale industrial agriculture to national and global food security issues and back again, always grounded in a profound understanding of the challenges facing food producers at all levels.  In our quest for more sustainable options, the Stirzaker garden should stimulate the Australian consciousness as Walden Pond did for Americans — an evocative lens through which to examine and better understand big issues of our time.

In his day job, Dr Richard Stirzaker is a Principal Research Scientist with the CSIRO. He has an outstanding track record in science and innovation as the inventor of a uniquely simple irrigation wetting front detector and CSIRO’s ‘Clever Clover’ kit for vegetable gardens.  First and foremost, Richard Stirzaker is a gardener with a lifelong passion for growing food.  This book unites the scientist and the gardener beautifully, blending the rigour of the scientific method with the sensuality of planting in rich soil and tasting perfectly ripe fruit and fresh vegetables. When Stirzaker suggests that the best way to experience an apricot at its most perfect is to lie under the tree with your mouth open, it is easy to imagine him doing just that.

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Seeking information about greywater and hair products

Posted in Seeking by Ferne Edwards on September 10th, 2008

Please find a query below from a Sustainable Melbourne reader who is looking for some insights. To comment please go to the bottom of the post to “Submit a comment”.

“I wonder if you can point me to reliable information concerning shampoo and conditioner ingredients that may pose a potential threat of causing soil degradation in our gardens as a result of long-term greywater use? As I’m sure you are aware, there is comprehensive info online re laundry products, but after hours of hunting, I’ve not managed to find anything that tells me what shampoo/conditioner ingredients to avoid when using greywater in the garden.

Thank you very much for your time,