Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Welcome to "The Veggie Lady"

I would like to take the opportunity to welcome onboard our new "blogger"  and green thumb extraordinare, Toni Salter, Toni will be conducting our "Summer Gardening Series" training courses to be held on the first Saturday of the month starting in December, but first a little about Toni.

Toni Salter is The Veggie Lady. She has a passion to see organic principles adopted by everyone. She has helped hundreds of people, just like you, grow great tasting, healthy food in their own backyards – from inner city balconies to those living on acres and everything in-between.

As a qualified horticulturist, Toni has been teaching community education classes both privately, at her home, as well as through various community colleges and local councils around Sydney since 2003. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Horticulture (MAIH).

She has also featured as a talk-back guest on ABC Radio helping gardeners solve their gardening problems organically. To help as many people as she can, The Veggie Lady has developed on-line information, resources and iphone apps to help the general public to grow their own at
She is a regular contributor to Miranda Kerr’s blog and events such as the the Organic Expo and Masterchef Live.

Toni also spends her time running horticultural therapy programs, developing sensory gardens through a number of organisations including AFFORD (Australian Foundation For Disability).

To find out more and how Toni puts it went from "insufficient to self sufficient" click on The Veggie Lady.

About the courses, the courses will be open to all Plot Holders and Community Garden Association members, at this stage, there will also be a nominal fee charged which will be advised over the coming weeks to those interested, to register interest text your contact details to me via the contact number on the front, or email me via this link

Course Details as follows -

Venue - Miss Llewella Davies Camden Town Farm Community Gardens

Summer Gardening Workshop - Saturday December 3rd, 10am-12 noon.

Summer is a busy time in the garden so let your hard work reap rewards for you over the holiday break.

This workshop will show you

* waterproofing techniques to save your crop from drought, 

* holiday resourcefulness to keep plants alive while you're on holiday,

* basic pest and disease control when your garden needs it most.

Composting Workshop - Saturday January 7th, 10am-12 noon.

Have you tried to make compost to simply end up with only a smelly, seething mess heap that's not fit for anyone's garden?

Well this workshop will show you how to do it properly!  Second half involves hands-on construction of compost for the town farm community garden. 

Topics covered will include: 

* types of bins and bays to use, 

* layering a compost heap for effective results,

* choosing aerobic vs anaerobic methods of composting.

* hands-on practical opportunity (weather permitting)

See you all soon
Happy Gardening Steve

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