Growth for Bunbury urban gardens

PEACEFUL: Lee Wilde and her daughter enjoying the tranquility of the Bunbury garden. Photo: Sharon Gear
PEACEFUL: Lee Wilde and her daughter enjoying the tranquility of the Bunbury garden. Photo: Sharon Gear

Are you growing food in your backyard? Looking for inspiration to make a start? Want to network with fellow urban gardeners? Keen to learn, be inspired and have fun?

The Bunbury Urban Growers (BUG) group is a rapidly growing community of enthusiastic gardeners, keen to grow their own edible produce and to learn from others.

The BUG group provides an opportunity for all edible gardeners to socialise with fellow like-minded gardeners, share skills and knowledge, as well as have questions answered by other more experienced gardeners or permaculture enthusiasts.

They organise informal tours of gardens in the Greater Bunbury area where local urban growers display how they are doing their bit for local food security. They also run mini practical garden workshops such as building wicking beds, compost making, etc. and intend to commence permablitzes (backyard blitz with a permaculture slant).

Each month a SSS (Swap, Share, Shuffle) is held, they enjoy a cuppa and everyone is encouraged to bring along something from their garden or kitchen to swap or give away e.g. seeds, seedlings, fresh produce, worm wee, jams, preserve, recipes.

The aim of the group is to have an enjoyable time sharing and learning about growing our own edible food using permaculture principles. And all for free!

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Recipes from BUGs: How to make your garden grow

Sunlight: First, you'll need a spot that has at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day to sustain vegetables.

Soil Quality: Second, you'll need good-quality soil. You may want to consider amending your soil with compost to improve it.

Zone: Third, check what ANGB plant hardiness zone and the climate zone you live in to get a good idea of what kinds of crops grow best.

Taste: And fourth, consider what you and your family like to eat. Try growing things that are harder to find at your markets, such as interesting hot chillies, heirloom tomatoes and unusual herbs.