Sunday 13 February 2022

2.00pm – 3.30pm

Garden Insights

Permaculture Toowoomba Inc.

presented by

Debbie Bassingthwaighte

Online via Zoom
Bookings are essential.

Everyone is welcome.

What We’ll Do

2.00 pm – Asian Inspired Food Garden

Debbie and her husband Brodie have been developing a protected area between their house and garage to grow a range of Asian inspired foods.  So for the Garden Insights visit this month, Debbie will share:

  • details of her draft plan for this garden
  • the list of Asian inspired food plants that are flourishing in this microclimate (more than 120 different plants in approximately 100 m2 including many you might not know you can grow)
  • tips on how to easily grow these plants in your own garden
  • strategies to encourage biodiversity using organic approaches

The Story Behind this Garden

The main purpose of this Asian inspired food garden is to grow a range of beautiful, edible (mostly tropical) plants that can easily be plucked for immediate use in the kitchen. It’s sited within permaculture zone 1 (which requires regular human input and is visited multiple times each day) for easy access, observation and harvesting.

The location has been carefully selected for the protected microclimate it provides. The mostly tropical food plants are unlikely to thrive in other areas of the property because they grow naturally in rainforest understorey habitats, are frost-sensitive and require filtered sunlight and consistent water. However, they are flourishing here.

This garden area is informal and densely planted with gently curving paths, dappled shade trellises, productive raised beds, and rotund terracotta pots.

The long-term vision is to have leafy greens, fruit, and aromatic spices to stimulate culinary creativity and wellbeing. The colours and scents of foliage, fruits and flowers have been selected to weave a year-long tapestry.

Some features include:

  • large pots for easy harvest of rhizomes such as ginger, turmeric and galangal
  • bog garden pots for water-loving plants
  • deciduous and evergreen fruit trees, vertical climbing vines, and perennial and annual ground covers
  • a colour palette of tropical shades of green, contrasted with hues of yellow, orange and purple foliage, with fruit and flowers across all seasons.

Debbie is a backyard gardener who loves to use produce plucked directly from her edible garden. As a teacher and designer, she has a deep interest in permaculture-inspired self-reliance and resilience, and loves to inspire and empower others to live their best lives within our resilient community.

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