Dig in: healthy soils workshop

If you want healthy, happy plants you need healthy soil, and there's a free workshop this Sunday to get you started. 

Forbes Riverside Community Garden, thanks to Forbes Shire Council's community funding program, is hosting guest speakers with a focus on creating and sustaining healthy soils.

Guest presenters including Dr Chandra Iyer from Green Microbes and Andrew Milford will be speaking on topics including:

Worm farms;

Using household food waste;

Making great compost and recognising soil types;

Beneficial bacteria for healthy soils and plants;

Incorporating all the good stuff for healthy soils in a sustainable way.

There will be an opportunity to learn to identify different soil types, and to compare potting mixes. 

Participants will be looking at worm towers - small, portable worm farms that get dug into the garden for easy management.

Presenters will be demonstrating how to establish these in garden beds, and some will be available for purchase on the day.

If you're looking for something larger scale, there will also be a demonstration of how to make a worm farm using an old fridge. 

The workshop is on at the community garden in Reymond Street (site of the old Forestry Nursery) on Sunday March 17 from 9am. 

There will be a sausage sizzle lunch and the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas with both the presenters and other participants. 

Since it's St Patrick's Day, you're encouraged to wear green. It's anticipated the event will finish by 3pm.

Registration is required to catering purposes: go online to eventbrite.com.au or  email heather.moore50@bigpond.com

You can also phone Nina 0424 410 594; Heather 0409 029 529 or Di 0427 511 831.

This is just the first of the workshops at Forbes Riverside Community Gardens for the year. They've also got a Mother's Day market and kokedama workshop in May and a special school holiday workshop for the kids in the September school holidays. 

Forbes Riverside Community Gardens welcome new members or "friends" of the gardens, it's only $10 to join.

They do currently have some garden beds for rent for $20 a year accessible to people with limited mobility.

To express an interest in one of those email Heather Moore on the above email address. 

Worms are one of the elements of healthy soils that will be in focus at Sunday's workshop. Thanks to Landcare's Marg Applebee for the photo!

Worms are one of the elements of healthy soils that will be in focus at Sunday's workshop. Thanks to Landcare's Marg Applebee for the photo!