Summer Vegie Patch
Brought to you by The Diggers Club
Summer is the height of the growing season when the vegetable garden comes into its own. There's nothing quite like picking fresh fruit and vegies straight from the garden, especially during summer when daylight hours are longer. Growing your own vegies is the healthiest, most cost-effective and most sustainable way to consume vegetables.
In this workshop you will learn all the tips and tricks to producing a bumper Summer harvest including:
- Where to locate your patch
- How to prepare your soil
- Maximising growing conditions
- Protection from heat
- Pest and disease control
- What to grow now
- Maintaining your patch
Understanding how to plant, care for and sustain your vegetables at home plays a major role in the success of your garden harvest.
Julian is the Head Gardener at St Erth, where he is curator of the espalier orchard, the food forest, and the bulb meadows, and he is a highly experienced market gardener and passionate fork to fork foodie!.
After twenty years working in various roles within the nursery and garden industry it was with great pleasure that Ryan came to work for the Diggers Club in mid-2018, both his and the Diggers Club’s 40th birthday.
His connection to the club stems from his childhood where his parents were Diggers members, he fondly remembers pawing over the extensive seed catalogues of which he and his brother where allowed to make three selections each.
The first book in his now extensive gardening library was Clive Blazey’s 1999 “The Australian Vegetable Garden-What’s new is old”. Coming to work for the Diggers Club felt somewhat of a homecoming, and it has been noted on more than one occasion that he bears a striking resemblance to the Diggers man logo.
During his time with the Diggers Club, Ryan has been lucky enough to experience several different aspects of what Diggers do. He started at the Heronswood retail garden shop then spent time as the garden supervisor for the wonderful Heronswood gardens. He kept himself busy during lockdown as our nursery production manager, then came full circle to return to the Heronswood garden shop where he enjoys engaging with passionate gardeners daily.
Not only does Ryan find helping others with their gardening endeavours highly satisfying, but in helping others he is also enriching his own progression as a gardener.
Featuring over 4 acres of food, cottage and bush gardens each season provides different delights and inspiration to both experienced and aspiring gardeners. The gardens are filled with plants which thrive in central Victoria’s cold winters and hot dry summers. A huge range of daffodils, hellebores and other flowering bulbs bring the garden to life in spring.
Visitors can admire the colour and beauty of our perennial flower borders throughout summer and autumn with hardy, long flowering perennials creating an amazing cottage garden display amongst our Australian bush setting.
The Garden has been certified organic since 2008 and Digger’s range of perennials, bulbs and heirloom vegetables are grown at St Erth using the best organic methods. Seasonal produce from our kitchen gardens is served at St Erth café throughout the year.
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Summer Vegie Patch
19 November 2023
The Garden of St Erth (Blackwood)
Sunday 10am - 11:30am
Limited tickets, don't miss out.