Keep planting vegetables!

Community vegetable garden at Sunbury Neighbourhood House
Great garden: Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, with volunteers at Sunbury Neighbourhood House. 

Winter was no time to ignore the vegetable garden, Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, declared today.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Hume City Council had organised some special events to help everyone get the most out of their vegetable patch during the cooler months.

“Winter is a great time to grow vegetables, and there are some fantastic varieties that do particularly well in Melbourne’s cool climate,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“Hume will host a session titled ‘The wonderful winter vegie patch’, on Thursday 21 April 2016 from 6pm at The Age Library in Broadmeadows.

“Some of our top green thumbs will explain how to prepare your soil for the colder months, so that you can cultivate vegetables like cabbages, cauliflowers, garlics, onions, fennels, peas, and broad beans.

“These vegetables are perfect in soups, stir fries and casseroles, and they are just the thing for a meal on a misty winter’s day.”

The forum on winter vegetables is part of Hume City Council’s Live Green program.

It will be repeated at 9.45am on Saturday 7 May 2016 at Tullamarine Library, 58 Spring Street, Tullamarine.

At 1.30pm on Saturday 7 May 2016, children and grown-ups will be able to plant vegetables in plots at Connections@Craigieburn, located at the rear of 59 Craigieburn Road.

Families will be invited to adopt their own plot at the site.

Cr Patsikatheodorou encouraged residents to consider what sort of vegetables they would like to grow.

“It’s a good time to be outdoors because the weather is mild, now that the fierce heat of the summer sun has passed,” she said.

“While winter vegetables sometimes take a little longer to develop, they often demand less maintenance.

“People who garden regularly derive a real sense of achievement, and it’s also a wonderful way to stay active.”

Hume City Council runs events throughout the year to help people to nurture their local environment.

The 2016 Live Green program includes sessions on how to compost, grow a wind buffer, plant natives, and reduce the cost of energy bills.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said all Live Green events were free to attend.

“The gatherings help attendees to learn new tips, and some enable residents to be part of working bees that improve natural habitats across Hume,” she said.

“People are often able to share their own experience at Live Green events, and that helps everyone.

“Live Green sessions also help residents to get to know others in their neighbourhood who share similar interests.”

People who attend a forum on ways to grow winter vegetables will be in for a special bonus, because organisers plan to hand out free seeds.

A lucky person at each event on winter vegetables will also win a wicking box, which significantly reduces the need to water vegetable plants each day.

For further information on Hume City Council’s Live Green events, visit

Posted on 12:00 AM, 4 April 2016

Updated : 10:50 AM, 4 April 2016

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