Susliving Gardening & Horticulture workshops @ Thomastown Town of Food Initiative: Week 7
Another full session at Week 7 of the Thomastown Town of Food gardening workshops, carried out by Susliving Tech Mentors and members of the Thomastown community. This was a very interesting session lead by Susliving Mentors Gary and Zaki, constructing outdoor garden furniture from used pallets. This repurposing of waste timber, that is usually left around or thrown out, was a great reminder to us that we need to look at what’s around us to see if we can use ‘waste’ material as a resource.
During the coffee break there was a topical discussion on the use of conifers in the garden, as they provide winter colour, permanent shape and different coloured foliage. It’s important to find out the conifers ultimate shape and size, as there is such a wide choice of varieties now available in garden centres and shops, and to make sure the chosen conifers fit in with your overall garden design.
There was also a small workshop on compost making, outlining the pros and cons of different methods of turning kitchen waste, grass cuttings, shredded paper, weeds and other material into rich compost, that can be incorporated into the soil to improve its quality, fertility and structure. It was very instructive to listen to each other’s experience of compost making, as this adds to our overall knowledge on the subject. Our grandparents experience of making compost, lost during the Celtic Tiger years, is now once again being recognised as a very valuable tool in maintaining a sustainable environment.
The next workshop takes place on Saturday December 13th. To find out more, see the workshop calendar and visit the course page on the Thomastown Town of Food site.