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Pyrmont Apartment Gardening: Creating Beautiful Green Balconies:

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If you live in an apartment in Pyrmont chances are you don’t have a garden. You could visit a community garden, or why not take advantage of your balcony? One  can create a beautiful green space that will not only improve your environment but could also potentially provide you with delicious, organic food.

Fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, lettuce and bok choy are all easy to grow in pots. What could be more satisfying that eating food you’ve grown yourself?

A pot of herbs (or several) on your balcony gives you convenient access to herbs whenever you need them—no more running to the supermarket and having to buy huge bunches of expensive herbs when all you need is a small handful! You can easily grow most herbs in pots. Do your research first, though, as some herbs (such as mint) will take over and might need to be planted in separate pots.

Make your own self-watering planter to house your plants. You will not only save yourself time in the long run but also use up to 75% less water while keeping your plants supplied with the optimal amount of water. These planters are also lighter than regular pots, making them great for balconies perhaps not designed to carry the load of a large number of heavy pots, and easier to move around the balcony (keeping the plants in constant sun).

Worm farms are a great way to turn organic matter like kitchen scraps and even dog hair and vacuum bags into ‘worm castings’ to fertilise your green balcony—and an organic, more environmentally friendly alternative to chemical fertilisers.

It’s easy to start a worm farm—all you need is a cool, dry spot on your balcony or in your garden, a couple of containers, dirt and the right kind of worms (not your ordinary garden variety!)—which you can buy from nurseries or hardware stores. The ABC website has a great article on establishing your own worm farm. If everyone had a worm farm it would decrease our compostable garbage by 1 tonne per person per year!

If the idea of worms wriggling around in a box on your balcony makes you squeamish, you could turn your kitchen scraps into compost. The City of Sydney offers free workshops on worm farming and composting—if you’re a City of Sydney resident you even get a free worm farm or compost bin to take home!

Upcoming Workshops in 2009
Wed, 15 July: 6.00pm to 8.00pm – Millers Point
Sun, 26 July: 10.00am to 12.30pm – Rosebery
Wed, 12 August: 1.00pm to 3.00pm – Waterloo
Sun, 30 August: 10.00am to 12.30pm – Rosebery
Thu, 17 September: 6.00pm to 8.00pm – Ultimo
Sun, 27 September: 10.00am to 12.30pm – Rosebery
Mon, 12 October: 10.00am to 12.30pm – Redfern
Sun, 25 October: 10.00am to 12.30pm – Rosebery
Wed, 11 November: 6.30pm to 8.30pm – Woolloomooloo
Sun, 29 November: 10.00am to 12.30pm – Rosebery

To make a booking for the workshop call (02) 8019 6921.

After you’ve set up your green balcony you can enjoy relaxing in the lush surroundings and spending time discovering your green thumbs. If you live in a suitable area why not build a bird feeder —you’ll soon have some feathered friends to enjoy your new space with you.

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