Kitchen Garden Volunteering

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Friends of Brisbane Botanic Gardens & Sherwood Arboretum (FBBGSA) offers herb and vegie gardening experiences from March to September each year (may be extended beyond these times in the future).  This includes traditional plants as well as bush tucker/ native plants.

BCC staff initiate projects for the FBBGSA volunteers to complete each month and range from planting, weeding, potting up, cultivating, composting etc.  Volunteers work in small groups to complete the tasks and learn by doing as well as education offered by the BCC staff.

Volunteers explore…

  • Importance of pH testing of soils
  • Skills with seed and seedling planting out including potting mediums, fertilising etc
  • Composting skills – how to layer and turn the compost for best return
  • Monthly review of growth and impact of pH, sun/ shade conditions and management of local wildlife on the produce – scrub turkeys, cockatoos, “visitors”
  • Preventative strategies to minimize pests and diseases
  • Watering and fertilising options and
  • Team work and value of connecting with like minded people.

Anyone can join the group for one session before deciding to join the group.

WHERE: Kitchen Garden, Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha (towards legacy Way next to the Lake)

WHEN:       9 – 12 noon 1st Wednesday of the month (Mar – Sept)

ESSENTIALS: Long trousers, long sleeved shirt, closed in shoes, hat and sunscreen and water.

CONTACT: Patty Munro, Team Leader (FBBGSA) Ph 33787900 or 0499 097 084

NOTE: This is not a Community Garden – the produce is for the benefit of classes conducted through the BCC on cooking, companion planting etc.