Springtime is gardening time – and you want to learn how to create a basic kitchen garden – head down to your local community garden – they cost almost nothing to join and usually run beginners courses in all sorts of things, from ‘how to grow your own herbs’ to ‘building a pizza oven’. You can usually pop your name on a waiting list to get a little plot (which other members will usually help you start, if you need help) – or you can just go along to learn and then start your own plot at home. If you can grow even just a few easy-to-grow herbs, it’s so rewarding – there’s nothing like picking fresh basil and tossing it through your pasta – or a throwing a handful of fresh parsley over still-hot scrambled eggs (and it’s way more affordable too).
To find out more about community gardens, go to www.growingcommunities.org. Or read my full article in the current issue of Queensland Homes Outdoor Living.
Five Easy-To-Grow Vegetables:
Lettuce, Capsicum, Beans, Beetroot and Tomatoes.
Five Easy-To-Grow Herbs:
Parsley, Basil, Thyme, Rosemary and Mint
Photo 1 and 2: Beelarong Community Garden by Tahn Scoon. Photo 3: Vintage gardening tools (from Industrial Revolution) by John Downs