An Open Day is a great way to get feedback from gardeners on what you’re growing and how you’re doing.
“Building the garden you want with whatever you’ve got”
Before leaving for a week’s trip, I read my Lonely Planet guide. It describes Port Moresby as a ‘gritty’ city and advises tourists not to flaunt their wealth. Well, I survived living in London’s Surrey Docks (1984-85) and I work for the ABC, so I consider myself safe on both counts.
Basil and Mary died. Last weekend. The world is poorer without them, and I have a heavy heart. Where to start?
“If in doubt, do what grandad, or great grandad would have done”
My Dad’s best gardening tip
At last weekend’s open day, Rosa, a gardening neighbour, gave me two pomelo fruit. So I had two opportunities: to grow my own tree and to make refreshing pomelo salad.
Almost 1,700 people visited my garden last weekend. And what a very friendly, gentle, respectful and very inquisitive mob they all were.
I found the first visitor snoozing in her car as the dawn mist was rising. People arrived gradually at first, but as Brisbane turned on one of its magical autumn days, things began to bustle.
In 2007 – 2008, there was a spike in oil prices. Since the bulk of food is produced using petrol-dependant technology (oil-based fertilisers and pesticides, petrol powered irrigation, harvesting, packing and transportation, etc) this price spike caused the cost of food to rise significantly. Suddenly the media discussed ‘food inflation’. Many conventional farmers started looking at fuel efficiency: ceasing the use of expensive oil-based products and oil consuming tasks.