IMPROVING YOUR HOME-GROWN VEGETABLE GARDEN
Although adding compost to your garden is one of the most beneficial and easiest ways to improve your soil and grow the very best plants, especially edibles in your vegetable garden, it is not the only method you can use. At the next Permaculture Noosa meeting on Thursday, 16 September, our Guest Speaker, Barry Batchelor from Black Earth Products will be discussing the use of Biochar, a carbon product that has long term benefits for productive soils.
Barry has been at the forefront of organic Biochar development in Australia and was involved with the very first Biochar conference in Terrigal, NSW in 2007. Barry is an experienced permaculture designer who lives and works from his award winning (2008 Hays Inlet Green gardening Competition winner - First Prize Productive Garden - Moreton Bay Regional Council) organic property. His food gardens and permaculture property are not only his pride and joy, but also his testing ground for Biochar post-processing development. The now black, productive soils bear testament to this work.
In his talk History, Facts and Future of Biochar, Barry not only discusses the home gardener's use of Biochar, but also describes why it's such a hot topic in relation to carbon sequestration and combating climate change.
Our second Guest Speaker is Karen McElroy, who will be presenting Herbal Medicine Past & Present as part of National Herbal Medicine Week. Karen is a local naturopath and herbalist and will present a brief history of herbal medicine around the world, as well as covering some basic ways of preparing and using herbs at home. Being self reliant with medicine & health is just as important as a sustainable food supply in an uncertain future.
National Herbal Medicine Week runs from 13th to 20th September, with events on the Sunshine Coast listed at www.nhaa.com.au.
The Permaculture Noosa meeting will be held on Thursday, 16 September at the Memorial Hall, Maple Street, Cooroy from 7pm. This Free meeting is open to the public. All welcome.
Memorial Hall, Cooroy
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