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TTG Kitchen Gardeners’ Winter Veggie Patch Workshop

Winter Veg KG

Winter is coming.

If you’re anything like me, your veggie patch is a mixture of hope, dreams and death-by-caterpillar. Come along to our second workshop of 2015 and learn tips for vege success: what to plant now in Perth (in particular Guildford) soil.

The workshop will be run by Bassendean Kitchen Gardener Laura Simes, who will be sharing her tips on growing seasonal vegegables in a Perth climate. We’ll cover seedlings, varieties and garden layout.

Kids’ Club

Kids are welcome – we’ll have some hands-on children’s activities happening in conjunction with the workshop if your child wishes to play, so please make sure they are wearing gardening clothes. You may like to bring little gloves too.

We like to share. Please bring:

    • Something from your garden/kitchen for the sharing table (eg. seedlings, fruit, herbs, eggs etc)
    • Something to share for afternoon tea.

Event details:

RSVP: We’ll be in a Guildford back yard. Please RSVP via Eventbrite so we can have an idea of how many people to expect.

Cost: $5 for us to cover basic costs.

Date: Sunday 22nd March

Venue: Peter’s place, address will be sent when you RSVP.

Time: Join us from 1pm until 3pm.

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Jetto’s Patch visit in March

If you were ever looking for inspiration, or just wondering what might be possible on an average suburban block, Jetto’s Patch in Maida Vale has much to make you think.

Dario in the front yard, which they converted from lawn only 18 months ago!

Dario in the front yard, which they converted from lawn only 18 months ago!

Starting in 1989, but with the newest parts only 18 months old, Dario and Michelle grow something in the region of 500 edible species on their 1482 sq m block.

The Kitchen Gardeners were delighted to accept an invitation from Dario and Michelle to hold their March workshop at Jetto’s Patch.  Some of us opted for the advertised potting seeds workshop, where we used some of our collected and donated pots, and made some out of newspaper following Debra’s expert instructions.

Most of us wandered about the verdant paradise admiring just how many plants and the amazing variety of edible plants it is possible to grow in Perth.  There are the obvious ones like figs and grapes along with some very interesting ones that you would not expect to find thriving in Perth: arabica coffee, pineapples, cherries, raspberries.

Touring the chook pen and garden

Touring the chook pen and garden

It was a hot day, but the garden was lovely and cool

It was a hot day, but the garden was lovely and cool

Lots of us took home a little piece of Jetto’s – sugarcane, perpetual pumpkin seeds and a renewed zeal for growing our own food.

If you missed out, Dario and Michelle love visitors – you can contact them via their Facebook page – JettosPatch

Dario's raised beds made of left over concrete slabs and a metal frame

Dario’s raised beds made of left over concrete slabs and a metal frame

Calico fruit bags to protect fruit from birds and bugs

Calico fruit bags to protect fruit from birds and bugs

Happy chooks

Happy chooks

Transition Town Guildford’s Kitchen Gardeners’ Society Launches!

The best way to learn how to do something is from others. With the TTG Kitchen Gardeners’ Society, you can see and hear first hand how people  developed their back yard garden. And you can always get your hands dirty if you want.

The first monthly meet was a great success: veggies planted, hot-house installed, bed dug and all with delicious wood fired pizza! Thanks to Debra & Peter for sharing their place.

Next gathering, Sunday 1st of July, stay tuned for details

Photos courtesy Emma & Kerrin