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TTG Kitchen Gardeners’ Summer Veggie Patch Workshop

vege basket

A summer of fresh vegetables.

Attended our winter veggie patch workshop? Then you’ll be keen to know what to plant now that it’s coming up to a Perth summer. Come along to our second last workshop for 2015 and learn tips for veggie success.

The workshop will be run by members of Glen Forrest Community Garden, meeting since 2008 to offer everyone the opportunity to grow whatever they like in a fun, permaculture inspired way. You may even join the Community Gardeners every Sunday morning after our visit!

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: Please RSVP via Eventbrite so we can have an idea of how many people to expect.

Cost: Workshop entry by donation as always.

Date: Sunday 11th October

Venue: Glen Forrest Community Garden. Corner of Hardey Road and Glen Forrest Drive, Glen Forrest.

Time: Join us from 1pm until 3pm.

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TTG Kitchen Gardeners’ Backyard Chickens Workshop

three inquisitive backyard chickens against a wooden fence

The best pets ever.

Ever dreamed about keeping chickens? This is the best time of year to get started so that come spring you’ll have happy, egg laying chooks to eat your scraps and fertilise your garden. Following our very successful previous chicken workshops, join us for our fourth workshop of 2015 to learn the basics of chicken keeping.

This workshop is primarily for beginners and people considering getting chooks but not sure yet. The workshop will be run by Kitchen Gardeners’ resident ‘chook lady’ and veternarian Barb Frey, who will cover the basics of set up including council rules, chicken care, and her new favourite hobby – natural chicken food! She’ll also cover how to rule out the risk of pesticide residue in your soil before you start. We’ll be at Flo’s house who has a very impressive chicken coop and run, some newly hatched chicks and is sure to inspire. 

Kids’ Club

Kids are welcome – we’ll have some supervised hands-on children’s activities happening in conjunction with the workshop if your child wishes to play. 

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: Entry is by donation to cover basic costs – coffee and tea etc

Date: Sunday 19th July

Venue: It looks like it will be raining, so we’ll meet at the Mechanics Institute (20 Meadow street, Guildford). And try to visit Flo’s place round the corner if the weather permits.

Time: Join us from 1 pm until 3 pm

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Verge Gardening Workshops

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Last Saturday our verge gardening group moved some fruit trees from Kim’s shady backyard to her sunny verge. We dug some huge holes, filled them with all sorts of wonderful compost and poo and then planted a lemon tree, fig tree and a weeping mulberry. It was surprising what a facelift it gave to the streetscape!

Planting the weeping mulberry

Planting the weeping mulberry

Pleased with our handiwork

Pleased with our handiwork

We were successful in our application to a Community Grants scheme from  the new St John of God Hospital in Midland. As a result we are able to call in some experts to guide our gardening projects. On Saturday July 11th, we have James McDonald coming to Emily’s verge to get us started on her vege patch.

James McDonald is the Perth Urban Farming guy. His passion for encouraging people to grow their own organic food spawned a Kickstarter project to find and fund vacant land in and around metro Perth that could be used to grow food, and to share it with those in need. The Perth Urban Farming project was born using underutilised suburban garden space to grow fresh organic food for the homeless. James will be sharing his vegetable growing expertise and ideas with us as we help Emily get her verge veggie patch set up. Warning: you may be inspired to go home and grow your own. In his spare time, James is studying sustainability at Edith Cowan University, and is a regular volunteer at Big Help Mob. Check out James’ Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/perthurbanfarmingproject/permalink/740606342704592/?pnref=story

For those who want to grow natives, on Saturday July 25th we have two Master Gardeners from Kings Park coming to teach us all the secrets of growing natives right here in the Guildford/Bassendean area. Edna Darge will talk about species selection and Len Burton will discuss soils.

Cristina's emerging everlastings

Cristina’s emerging everlastings

Both these workshops are free, however we do need to know if you are coming. Please contact Pam on 93782523 or email pamela.riordan@gmail.com to obtain the address for the workshops. Both will be in Guildford.

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Tash’s Verge