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Have you discovered the organic oasis in your own backyard?

Posted Tuesday 22 May 2012

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Last week, as part of the Living Mosman program of events, we took a small group to the Kimbriki Eco House and Garden at Terrey Hills to learn the art of growing your own food.

The Eco Garden is home to a wide variety of food plants ranging from banana trees with their edible flowers (apparently the flowers are nice fried and served with curries) to the native wild raspberry bush with a fruit that offers a slightly tart burst of flavour taken straight from the bush. The Eco Garden is home to other interesting features such as waterless toilets (that don’t smell), walls made from straw bales and a play area for children made entirely from recycled materials.

We were met by Penelope Jacobs (the driving force behind the Eco Garden project!) and Peter Rutherford, expert gardener and worm enthusiast. You know Peter as both guest and presenter on ABC’s popular Gardening Australia.

In this unique setting Peter delivered a fascinating talk about how we can move from the undesirable cycle of food waste in landfill to healthier options like growing your own food, not wasting edible food and throwing the unwanted scraps in the compost bin. Food scraps can also be left to a team of worms that will happily turn unwanted food waste into pure humus! Other interesting topics included how to start a no dig garden and how to refresh tired soil. Planting and harvesting vegetables the right way was also explored.

All in all it was a great morning, enjoyed by everyone who participated.

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Kimbriki Eco House and Garden

The Kimbriki Eco House and Garden is a unique education centre dedicated to exploring how to live in a more sustainable way – a place for you to experience, learn and be inspired.

Set within the Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre, this special area comprises an organic garden and Eco House constructed primarily from materials recovered from the Kimbriki site, otherwise destined for Kimbriki’s landfill.

At the Eco House and Garden you can take part in one of our workshops or a corporate training course, come along for a group visit, bring a school group, attend one of our upcoming special events or even hire our unique venue for your next meeting or event.

Or you may simply like to wander through the garden at your own pace.

The Eco Garden is open Monday – Sunday, 7am – 4.30pm (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday). However, please note that the Eco House and Garden is not staffed at all times.

Our Senior Eco Gardener and resident expert, Peter Rutherford, is on hand to offer advice and answer your questions during Kimbriki Eco House and Garden’s drop-in time on most Thursdays 1-4pm.