Locals can learn to turn backyards into garden food forests
March 8, 2017 by Robyn
Box Hill South residents are being invited to take part in a special workshop aimed at educating people about the best foods to plant in their gardens.
The topic, which has proven popular in booklet printing, will be presented as part of the City of Whitehorse’s Tree Education Programme.
Whitehorse Councillor Bill Bennett said the workshop is practical, inspiring and free, and will show those taking part some ways to get the best out of planting food crops in their backyards.
The ‘Design your own Garden Food Forest’ workshops will focus specifically on Melbourne’s climate and the most appropriate food plants to suit the environment, including plants that provide beauty and shade and those that grow in shade and sun.
Cr. Bennett said there are many reasons residents should consider attending the workshop and learning about gardening for food, including the fact that it can save money.
He said it also has the potential to reduce people’s carbon footprint through food miles, and brings satisfaction and joy to home gardeners.
The art of establishing a food forest, he added, is a gardening system that copies nature and gives people an opportunity to harvest a variety of foods continuously throughout the year.
The workshop, to be held on March 21 at Vermont South Library, will be led by Edible Eden Design’s specialist Karen Sutherland. Participants will also be in the running to take home a free fruiting plant.