Victoria University's community garden in Seddon will host a weekend course to teach aspiring veggie growers the practical skills of creating a kitchen garden.
The community garden, now known as the Urban Green Living and Learning Hub, has been the focus for students undertaking foundation and horticultural courses since it was transformed from a vacant lot into a thriving garden for vegetables, indigenous bush food and fruit trees five years ago.
The six-hour course will be run over two Saturdays in September for budding gardeners tired of the quality or price of supermarket vegetables. It will be taught by Sandra Pullman, a horticulturist with 20 years experience who has taught community and TAFE gardening classes for many years. Sandra is a contributor to the Age gardening section, and a former adviser to ABC TV's Gardening Australia program.
All participants will receive free gardening gloves and a $20 gift voucher from Poynton's Nursery in Essendon.
Participants will learn how to:
- construct a garden bed
- create healthy soil
- choose seasonal vegetables
- understand companion planting
- use water efficiently
- understand fertilisers and mulching
- control pests and diseases organically.
The Urban Green Living and Learning Hub is part of VU's School of Foundation, Community and Indigenous Programs.
Create a Kitchen Garden
3 and 10 September 2011
Urban Green Living and Learning Hub
113-115 Albert Street, Seddon
Total cost for both days: $180.
Bookings essential: 9919 8545 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Marie Angebrandt, Media Officer,
Marketing and Communications Department,
Ph: (03) 9919 5487 or 0403 556 001.