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Seed Companies

  • Royston-Petrie Seeds P.O. Box 1152 Ph: (61) 2 6372 7800
  • Cornucopia Seed Cornucopia Seeds and Plants Ph (03) 5457 1230
  • Select Organic M.S 905, Lower Beechmont 4211 Organic Seeds
  • GreenHarvest 52 Crystal Waters, M.S. 16, MALENY 4552 Ph: (07) 5494 4676
  • Greenpatch PO Box 1285, TAREE, NSW 2430 (02) 6551 4240
  • The Italian Gardener Allsun Farm, PO Box 8050, Gundaroo, New South Wales, 2620 (02) 6236 8173 Italian vegetable seeds
  • Kings Seeds PO Box 2785, Bundaberg, QLD 4670, Australia Tel: 07 4159 4882
  • Phoenix Seeds PO Box 207 , Snug, TAS, Australia 03) 6267 9663 Only postal Very unusual seeds
  • Diggers Fantastic company become a member and help them in their work, they have two sites, St Erith (nr Daylesford) and Heronswood (Mornington Peninsula) and when you become a member you get sent out a free magazine / newsletter
  • Eden Seed M.S. 905, Lower Beechmont 4211 (07) 5533 1107 Lots of information botanical and taste
  • The Lost Seed The Lost Seed PO Box 321 SHEFFIELD TAS 7306 ph: 03 6491 1000 Has a selection of very rare vegetables, and a great free download of sow what when chart

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Geelong Organic Gardeners

Geelong Organic Gardeners Visit Botanic Gardens
Well as you may or may not know, I work at Geelong Botanic Gardens and am primarily responsible for the Edible Garden project that is happening there. We have built a large vegie patch, that includes......

Edible Garden

With the increased awareness in productive and sustainable gardening, the Central Lawn has been converted into showing the differing ways that vegetables can be grown in the garden. Many methods have been used from the No-Dig method, developed by Ester Dean, the traditional method and gardening in containers. Organic and sustainable practice has been followed, from the recycled timber and brick, even old brake drums used as containers.

The Blue Potato Boxes

These boxes will show the six bed rotation system. The rotation system is suitable for warmer climates where legume crops (Peas and Beans) and Brassicas (Cabbage and Broccoli) cannot follow one another, as in warmer climates they are primarily grown in the cooler months. Infestations of root knot nematodes are also a problem so a green manure bed has been included.
1. Peas and Beans
2. Brassicas
3. Green Manures
4. Onions and root crops
5. Sweet corn and cucurbits
6. Tomatoes, chilies, capsicum and/or other solanums
The boxes were filled with a compost mixture.

The Four Cultural Beds

These Beds will show food grown in other countries, Africa, Americas, Europe and Asia. The beds are using the No-Dig method. First the frame was made using recycled timber. The timber was lined with plastic as it had been treated with arsenic to prevent rotting and we did not want this leeching into the vegetables. Then a thick layer of newspaper/cardboard was laid down. On top of this was placed a 20 cm thick layer of organic matter (leaves or pea straw). Then topped with a garden compost mixture of compost, composted mulch, sea grass, leaf mould and dolomite. The vegetables were then planted into this.

Le Potager en Parterre Bed

A parterre is a formal garden consisting of planting beds, edged in stone or tightly clipped hedging, and gravel paths arranged to form a pleasing, usually symmetrical pattern. This will feature a selection of seasonal vegetables, to illustrate that there is no reason why a productive garden can be beautiful and relaxing as well. This bed will also feature Heirloom vegetables that were grown by the original curator, Daniel Bunce.

The garden also includes examples of companion planting, Heirloom vegetables and some rare and unusual vegetables that have been sourced by GBG from various seed companies from around the country.

Container Garden

Pots of various sizes and materials show you that even a small space can be used to grow vegetables and herbs. Where pots are made of material of a porous nature they should be sealed to stop water evaporation. Likewise containers should not be too small as larger pots hold moisture better.

Heritage Varieties

An heirloom variety of vegetable usually predates World War 2. Heirloom varieties have been bred for flavour, and qualities like growing well in different micro climates, so they are much more useful for the home gardener. By contrast modern F1 hybrids are bred for qualities like their ability to be harvested by machine, their ability to withstand the transporting process over long distances and their ability to be refrigerated. Varieties grown here have been chosen for their historical value, i.e.: they were grown by the first Curator and mentioned in his book, Manual of Practical Gardening 1838 and from Stinton’s Nursery and Plant Farm catalogues, (an old Geelong Nursery).

Seed Saving

Where possible seed has been collected from local seed savers and Heritage Seed Companies. Some of the vegetables will be allowed to go to seed and the seed then collected and saved for the next season.

More information is available on our website.


Organic Vegetable Gardening-Annette McFarlane
The Australian Fruit and Vegetable Garden- Clive Blazey and Jane Varkulevicius
Gardening Australia

.......the GOG had a ball and were inspired, also learnt about unusual vegetables and in all was a great day out. Then they visited my home garden, and then we visited Jo and Theas garden, a paradise for childrens and vegies (a haven for little greenies) photos to follow

Sunday, September 14, 2008