Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sunshine Coast Balcony Gardening Workshop, Sunday 22nd November

Tomorrow I get the suitcase out and go traveling again, to give a Balcony Garden Workshop at Veggie Village, in the Sunshine Coast.
This workshop was going to be lead by Yukari Desjardins. The seminars I just gave in Tokyo and Kyushu still held echos of Yukari's wondeful spirit, so logically this workshop was one I had to do.

We will be learning how to make a Self-Seducing balcony garden: you make it, and you make it so beautiful you can't resist spending time and love on it, and the virtuous cycle begins.

What do we learn? How to choose useful, gorgeous plants and pots, how to create a dappled shady glade for yourself up there, cloak and dagger pest management tricks, urban composting, and samurai-style motivation - who you are being will determine how your balcony garden will look.

More like creating a family than furnishing a room, balcony gardens blossom best when they look like, nurture and delight their owners, who cant resist doing the same back again.
Love, actually.

Time: 10.30 am to 1pm, Veggie Village, Sunshine coast.
Cost: $15
Contact Barry: 0754482749.

Berries, goldfish, and returning from travels - balcony surprises

When you come back from three months of travel, how do you expect your balcony garden to look?
Well, I returned last week, and this is what I found:

Boysenberries. They were probably Blossoming while I explored fairytale Copenhagen, setting fruit as I nestled into my friends apartment in Venice, and ripening as I gave my Permaculture seminars in Japan.

Some aren't sweet enough, the sweet ones aren't tart enough, but mixed into my morning porridge, they give it a wonderful fragrance, and you don't notice the seeds. Most importantly, they make things pink. Cloves, cinnamon, brown sugar and coconut milk make things perfect.

Thank-you Natsumi, thank you Carol, thank you Lon. You are talented Balcony gardeners.

But its my theory that the balcony guard-fish gets much of the credit for keeping things alive.

Of course, he does his thing with admirable ferociousness, blitzing mosquitos, keeping the currents nicely stirred up in the squeezy-bucket pond that is his universe. But most importantly, his presence keeps the humans coming up to the balcony on a daily basis. Its easy to neglect plants, but not so easy to let a pretty fish starve. While they happen to be there, the plants get water dished out to them from the pond, and so long as they top it up before declaring the day's work done, the whole system kind of takes care of itself.

Permaculture systems plus Concientious Japanese. Its a recepie for surprising but inevitable success.