Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Gardeners Learn Vertical Practice

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Gardeners Learn Vertical Practice

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THE Micro Gardener, Anne Gibson, introduced Gympie Municipal Horticultural Society members to the world of vertical gardening at their meeting last Saturday.

Vertical gardening uses bottom-up and top-down supports for a wide variety of plants in both small and large garden spaces.

Anne complimented hosts Don and Lil O'Donnell for cleverly installing an arbour beneath large trees in their Fisher Rd garden.

As Anne showed, there are other structures suitable for vertical gardens, including arches, pergolas and gazebos.

She said there were many ways to hide things like wheelie bins, composting bays, sheds or boxy air-conditioners and encouraged members to think outside the square.

For example, growing pumpkins on a trellis is a much better way of utilising space.

Gardeners will have healthier plants with fewer pest and disease problems if they grow their fruit and vegetables up and off the ground.

This also improves air circulation and minimises damage to plants due to pets or wild animals digging up gardens on the ground. …

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