Spring to a workshop for a marvellous vegie garden

Thriving and plentiful vegetable gardens would be the subject of several sessions organised across October for residents, Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said today.

Cr Atmaca said residents were warmly invited to the Live Green events, which would take place in Broadmeadows, Craigieburn, and Tullamarine.

“The weather has changed and those cold days are now behind us, so it’s the perfect time to pop outside and develop that vegetable garden,” Cr Atmaca said.

“October is a great month to plant seeds or seedlings for beetroots, turnips, tomatoes, zucchinis, and so many other delicious vegetables.

“As our soils continue to warm up, we’ve put together a number of workshops that are full of handy tips which will help Hume residents create a blooming good spring and summer.

“Council’s vegetable garden events are designed for people of any ability, and there will be plenty of information for beginners, as well as more experienced gardeners.”

The Live Green workshops are:

• The secrets of seed saving, on Wednesday 14 October 2015, 6.15pm-8.30pm, at Hume Global Learning Centre – Broadmeadows, 1093 Pascoe Vale Road;
• Beginners’ guide to growing vegies, on Saturday 17 October 2015, 1.00pm-3.30pm, at Craigieburn Library, 75-95 Central Park Avenue;
• Growing vegies from seed, on Thursday 29 October 2015, 6.00pm-7.30pm, at Tullamarine Library, 58 Spring Street; and
• Beginners’ guide to growing vegies, on Saturday 7 November 2015, 1.00pm-3.30pm, at The Age Library, 1093 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows.

Cr Atmaca said that two of the sessions would be of particular interest for residents who utilise seeds.

“There is nothing like growing a vegetable from a tiny little seed, but there are a number of different types of seeds, like heirloom, hybrid, and open pollinated,” he said.

“Workshops in Broadmeadows and Tullamarine will show people the differences between seeds and teach residents how they can collect seeds for next season.

“Our expert gardeners will demonstrate how to turn a little seed into a healthy seedling, and provide tips on ways to plant a seedling into a garden bed.”

All Live Green events are offered free-of-charge, and many enable residents to learn skills on how to live a sustainable life.

Hume City Council regularly organises sessions on ways to save on power bills, as well as outdoor activities in which residents can plant habitat to support wildlife.

Cr Atmaca encouraged people to consider whether they could develop a home vegetable garden this season.

“It’s a great way to show children where food comes from,” he said.

“People who grow vegetables regularly can also save money in the long term.

“Hume’s information sessions on vegetable growing will give people a real head-start this season, and they will also enable residents to meet others from their local neighbourhood.”

To register for Council’s Live Green events, visit here.

Updated : 10:36 AM, 28 September 2015

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