Been thinking about growing your own?

Whether it’s the desire to get your fruit and veg straight from the source or the need to cut back on expenses, there’s no better place to learn everything you need to know about growing your own than this year’s Queensland Garden Expo from July 6-8 at the Nambour Showgrounds.

Marion Beazley, Queensland Garden Expo Event Manager, says there is a shift towards families wanting to eat more healthily and an increased awareness of the benefits of fresh home grown produce.

“The increasing popularity of organics has also encouraged people to start their own veggie patch as well as the great experience it offers for kids to grow and nurture something in their own backyard,” said Marion.

“Nurseries have noticed an increasing trend in people investing in fruit trees and growing vegetables but there are a lot of questions out there about finding the right location in your garden, growing the right crops especially when space is limited, and tips for fertilising and increasing yield.

“At the Expo you’ll get all the answers as well as finding out how to grow your own dinner at the daily demonstrations which show you how to turn the fruits of your labour into great gourmet meals.”

The Expo’s Giant Kitchen Garden continues to be one of the most popular features at the event including tours through a fully planted sustainable garden constructed on site, two stages hosting 11 lectures, demonstrations and workshops a day by organic gardening and permaculture experts and a totally organic food court.

Presentations scheduled across the three days include herbs and their many uses, things you can’t find in books, composting, how to get started with organic gardening, how to grow your own ‘green wall’ and how to get good soil.  Popular presenter Costa Georgiadis of ABC Gardening Australia’s fame will also make several appearances in the Kitchen Garden to share his wealth of knowledge.

This year 55 nurseries are exhibiting at the Expo including local fruit tree experts, Birdwood Nursery.  Their team will be on site to share their wealth of knowledge given they sell approximately 300,000 fruit trees annually including avocados, mangoes, passionfruit, mandarins, guava, kiwi fruit, pawpaws, apples, oranges, grapes and many other exotic fruits.

The Plant Clinic is the place to go for free personal help with all gardening problems and plant identification with a dedicated team of experts including  Colin Campbell, Annette McFarlane and Clair Levander available to answer your specific questions.

The Queensland Garden Expo is a three-day celebration of all things gardening, featuring the largest range of plants in one place with over 40,000 plants on sale every day as well as a huge range of gardening products.  Kids aged 15 and under get free entry and have access to a number of activities including a free playground.

For more information on what’s on at this year’s Queensland Garden Expo, please visit www.qldgardenexpo.com.au


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