Friday, January 28, 2011
Esacalating food prices? Plant some Seeds!
Escalating food prices are a great impetus for us to take some steps towards helping ourselves by having some food in the garden. Its easy, fun and addictive. Just watch those seeds sprout!
We will be having seedlings for sale at our stall at the Moggill markets on Feb 19th, so if you any to spare & share please bring them along or contact Carol firstname.lastname@example.org
One of our TT folk, Laura Willet, has taken the plunge and shares the following:
Some simple tips for growing your own
When sowing seed, add 1 teaspoon of epsom salts to the watering can.
This gives the seeds a growing boost. Save those cardboard egg cartons for sowing your seeds.
Save your own seeds. “The Seed Savers Handbook” - Michael & Jude Fanton, is a handy tool.
Save, share and swap seeds with family, friends and neighbours. How many of us throw out or compost seeds from pumpkins, pawpaws, tomatoes, cucumber, to name a few?
Join BOGI - Brisbane Organic Growers Inc. BOGI meets on the 1st Thurdsay of every month at the Peace Hall, 102 McDonald Road, Windsor. Ph: 33573171; www.bogi.org.au
This is a great organization offering organic seeds, gardening books for loan and sale at cheap prices. Guest speakers, every month, speak on different topics, which certainly gets one thinking. Members are very friendly and helpful. Meet some long time members who have been gardening and growing their own for years, and also teaching others. The monthly newsletter is a great source of information and a very good read.
Join a community garden. (Yes Laura, we have been trying to get one locally for quite some time!- Carol)
The BCC website has links to various groups throughout Brisbane. There may be one just around the corner from your place. Like minded people, who are friendly and only too willing to share their knowledge and experiences.
BCC holds free workshops throughout the year on a variety of topics. Composting, worm farming, keeping chickens, growing organically, to name a few. Your local library will have brochures giving dates and venues.
It is very satisfying watching seed you have planted, emerge from the soil and grow into a plant. It is even more satisfying to eat your own, self grown produce.
More importantly, just have a go.
We all start somewhere. Not one of us is born an expert.