Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Growing Old Gracefully and Eating the Fruits of Labour

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Growing Old Gracefully and Eating the Fruits of Labour

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aI LOVE to see things grow, and to eat what grows. We've eaten radishes and lettuces, that's all we've got so far. But we've planted beetroots, shallots, garlic, lots of herbs, and lots of tomatoes a they're beautiful.a

These are the words of Joan Wilkins, a resident at St Joseph's Aged Care residential facility in Azalea Ave. Joan is one of a dozen residents participating in a new initiative to establish a raised vegie garden in an interior courta yard. It's a collaboration between the staff and management of St Joseph's, and local permaculturist Steve McGrane, who is also the president of the Coffs Community Garden at Combine St.

aAll of us had vegie gardens in our own homes. I've grown vegies since I was about 10, and I'm nearly 80 now. I loved growing cabbages, I always had a good crop of them,a Joan told me.

Once a week for the past 10 weeks, Steve has spent a couple of hours with the gardening group, working with them using his special layered method of raised bed-edible garden design, planting the garden with 20 different species, discussing the techniques and practice of companion planting and pest control, making compost teas, and trialling seed germination and seed saving. …

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