The weather was not our friend for this workshop, with rain pouring on and off for the whole event, so thanks to those people who braved it with us and came along. At least your new plants were well watered!
Under the handy cover of the building next to us, we first chatted about some different ideas for growing things in a small space, which plants are suitable, and care considerations. This is covered in our guide here, so check it out if you have a space that needs some greenery! You'll also notice that several of our other guides are suitable for small space gardening, such as terrariums and microgreens.
After our chat we planted seeds and potted up some seedlings to take home, including silverbeet, sage, alpine strawberries, parsley, basil and mint, all plants well suited to containers. We started our own small space gardening experiment at the garden: growing potatoes in hessian sacks. We used two layers of sacks (so that they would hold everything in while also letting water drain out) with some potting mix and compost at the bottom planted with two sprouting potatoes. As the potatoes grow, we'll add more compost around them and roll the bags up, so that hopefully by the end of summer we'll have a whole hessian sack worth of beautiful homegrown potatoes! Stay tuned for results. We have loads of hessian sacks in the wooden cupboard at the garden, so please help yourself to some if you want to give this a try at home.
As always we also did some general pottering around the garden. We made a makeshift trellis for our crimson flowered broad beans to keep them off our tiny carrot and basil seedlings, picked loads of parsley that was going to seed (we still left a few plants to save seeds from!), tied our raspberries to their trellis and fed the worms. A very productive day considering everything was done between bursts of rain! At least we didn't have to water :D
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