In 2016: Live Green and love life!

Information sessions on how to make your summer garden bloom will headline Hume City Council’s Live Green program for 2016.

A calendar of environmental workshops and fun activities for the next six months has been released today.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said the Live Green program contained an array of practical events.

“Council is proud to again present workshops for all residents, and each is completely free to attend,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“In February, we’ll host three sessions designed to help people to take command of their garden and cultivate delicious fruits and vegetables.

“It will soon be time to prune nectarine, apricot and plum trees, and one of our Live Green workshops will focus on how to use the secateurs to rejuvenate stone fruit trees.

“This session will give attendees hands-on experience so that they can go home and prune their trees in a manner that increases yields and thwarts pesky pests.

“We’ve also organised a Live Green workshop which will teach residents how to sow the right seeds for particular seasons, to produce an abundance of vegetables.

“And later in February, a Live Green session will reveal the secret to growing mushrooms, and the event will not only help attendees to stay healthy but shall also enable people to save money.”

Hume City Council’s Live Green workshops will commence on Wednesday 27 January 2016, with a session on how to save energy at home.

The Age Library at Broadmeadows will host the informal event, which will be offered on six occasions until early March.

Residents may drop-in and speak with an energy consultant from Kildonan UnitingCare about how simple adjustments may significantly reduce electricity use.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said the Hume Home Harvest program would continue in 2016, as part of Live Green.

“Hume Home Harvest has been very popular because it enables residents to get together and swap seedlings, vegetables and fruits,” she said.

“It’s a way for people to meet others with an interest in gardening, and always offers a chance for residents to share their advice on how to develop a terrific harvest.

“Hume Home Harvest takes place at Craigieburn Library on the third Wednesday of every month, and the first session in 2016 will start at midday on 17 February.

“These community events continually demonstrate that many residents of Hume care passionately for the environment, and want to live a sustainable and healthy life.”

Council’s Live Green program in 2016 will also include workshops on topics like composting, solar energy, and wildflowers and indigenous plants.

While there is no charge to attend a Live Green event, residents are encouraged to book in advance via or through the Live Green team on 03 9205 2473.

To download a copy of Hume City Council’s Live Green calendar, visit here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 20 January 2016

Updated : 10:12 AM, 25 January 2016

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