Native bees in your garden workshop

8th Grow, Grow, Grow Your Own Workshop – Native bees in your garden

1pm on Saturday 24 October at The Goody Patch, 12 Surrey Street Goodwood (Just behind Goodwood Primary School)

beehotelLearn to identify our beautiful (magnificent) native bees and where and how they live. It is a revelation (exciting, intriguing, inspiring) to discover their role in pollination (nature) and to encourage and observe them in your garden.

Our presenter is Jenny Deans. Jenny has been very successful in planning a community garden in Stirling focused on bees with bee hotels, bee food and information boards – inspirational to the community.

Thanks to a generous Unley Council grant: Cost: free.

Please register to attend this workshop by email to Peter.

We will have a Q & A session too – so bring along questions you have about your garden and we will (collectively) work out a solution. No one grower has all the answers.

Future workshops: we will have a new set of workshops in 2016. Everyone on the mailing list will be sent a flyer advertising these workshops beforehand.

Edible Verge gardens: four more verge garden beds were installed on 7 September. Have a look at 1 Fourth Street Everard Park, 80 Cremorne Street Unley, 44 Dover Street Malvern and 21 Urrbrae Avenue Myrtle Bank. We would like to help more verge gardeners get started.  Email Peter if you are interested in promoting local growing of food by hosting a garden on your verge.


Seed Freedom Food Festival 2015

The second Seed Freedom Food Festival
is taking place on Saturday 26 Sep 2015
at 1 Holland St, Adelaide (in The Market Shed space)
10-4pm / gold coin donation entry

Seed Freedom Food Festival aims to celebrate, inform and inspire about organic food, local food and growing your own food, as well as the worldwide need to save seeds.


    • Over 20 Free Workshops and Speakers presented on 3 stages
    • Kids Workshops and ‘Sprout Space’ nature play area
    • A huge Seed Swap and Food Swap
    • Local Music Stage
    • ‘Ask Lolo’ gardening guru Q&A
    • Organic, local food stalls
    • Community group and information stalls
    • Organic gardening/Food Resource desk
    • Seed display
    • Seed mandala communal creation
    • Story-telling tent
    • Raffles
    • Recycled coffee cup > seedling pot station
    • plus lots of opportunities for networkding and community building!

Click here to download pdf program of speakers and workshops

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More verge gardens for Unley

Written by Russ Talbot

I reckon Spring is called Spring coz that’s what things tend to do. The only other appropriate name for it would be “Surprise!” and that would be silly.

In keeping with that, in Unley another four verge gardens sprung up last week, courtesy of our Grow Grow Grow Your Own Group. Two on the corner of Fourth Ave and Everard Tce, Everard Pk, one on Urrbrae Ave, Myrtle Bank, and another to join the outrageous success of the one we installed a few months ago on Dover St, Malvern.

Urrbrae - preparingThe gardens consist of a raised bed frame, set up as a wicking bed, filled with brilliant dirt from SA Composters, and the well-oiled efforts of our group. True, some members might seem to do more than others but it’s important to stand around giving them encouragement, talking to spectators and neighbours, taking photographs and forcing down the morning tea grateful (and excited!) recipients always want to provide. (We all must do our bit…)

4th - installing wickingWe’ve got the process bedded (please excuse the pun) down well now, and combined with military-level logistical pre-planning it all ran like clockwork. Enabling us to finish together, after co-ordinated splintering of the group to do the multiple locations, for a shared lunch (are you seeing a pattern here?). One of the prime aims of the gardens, along with food security, is fostering community. To do something good, have fun doing it, make so many people happy, and get fed too… sometimes life is almost too good.

Morning Tea

Morning Tea

For information about edible verge gardens or free food-growing workshops, email Peter.