PASSING ON HIS SKILLS: Joe Garnam in the Food Garden.
PASSING ON HIS SKILLS: Joe Garnam in the Food Garden. Ebony Graveur

Growing new crop of gardeners

WHEN Joe Garnham moved to Dalby from Townsville many years ago, he found that nothing he planted would grow.

Having spent time on the hobby in the past, he was determined to better understand the craft of gardening and began studying horticulture.

Now a highly knowledgeable gardener, he will conduct a free information and training program for the second year in a row, for those who want to sharpen their gardening skills.

Ten places are available in the program, which will run over the course of five weeks, from Saturday, March 2 until March 30.

Mr Garnham said last year he ran the program for the first time, offering places to the first 10 people, but interest in the program had exceeded expectations.

"I had eight people nominate,” he said.

"I had 10 people turn up on the first day and then, for the second week, I had 12 and then for the third and fourth weeks I had 14.

"It wasn't a problem,” he said. "I could accommodate them.

"But I had to explain they needed to sit down and introduce themselves to somebody because I can't go out and buy more resources for them, they would need to share.”

The course will cover areas of horticultural theory on garden planning, seasonal crop and plant selection, soils, moisture requirements, fertilisers and nutrition, weed management, insect control options and how to manage plant diseases.

Funding from Arrow Energy supported the inaugural project and, following its success, has been granted again to facilitate this year's program.

Workshops will take place at 9am on Saturday mornings in the garden facility at the Dalby Baptist Church, 143 Hayden Street.

All consumables and reading materials, including a textbook and study notes, will be provided.

To book your place in the course or for more information contact Joe on 0475816443.


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