Public hungry for backyard veggies
  • Tuesday 03 November 2009

The public’s hunger for knowledge on how to grow fruit and veggies in a typical Sunshine Coast backyard has resulted in three library workshops being booked out – before council had a chance to advertise them.

Award-winning gardener Rosina Buckman has sparked a flurry of bookings from more than 100 local residents keen to hear her give a run-down on the best food to grow in our subtropical climate and how to ensure that veggie patches survive the summer.

Rosina specialises in showing people how to grow food, even if they don’t have a garden. She grows pineapples in pots and veggies in polystyrene boxes, just to demonstrate how it can be done.

The 72-year-old Tewantin local won the ‘Edible Landscape’ category in the Sunshine Coast Council’s 2009 Living Smart Awards for her garden, which was described as a “veritable garden of Eden in the midst of suburbia”.

In her workshop entitled “Creating Your Own Veggie Patch”, Rosina explains how simple things like table scraps turned into compost, worm farms and overflow from pools can be used to produce a thriving, sustainable garden to feed every family.

Rosina’s booked-out workshops are open to the media and will be held at:

  • Coolum Library – 4 November at 10am
  • Nambour Library – 17 November at 10am
  • Maroochydore Library – 18 November at 10am

These are free events provided by Sunshine Coast Libraries. Although all three sessions are fully booked, council plans to run more next year to keep up with public demand. Contact your local library to reserve a place in next year’s workshops, or email .

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