Yesterday Katie, Mr F, and I took a trip down the mountain to the Festival of Green at Springwood Primary School where we met our TV idol, Costa, from Gardening Australia. We love the Gardening Australia show on the ABC at 6:30pm on Saturday evenings. Costa was running no-dig garden workshops in the school's veggie garden. I love no-dig gardens. I have made a few these gardens in rental properties in the past.
I'm inspired to make a few no-dig gardens at home here.
Here he is making the first layer.
Mr F keen to help laying the lucerne. It's like making a garden lasagna with all the layers of cow and chicken manure, leaves and lucerne.
Katie and myself lending a hand.
Costa was so friendly and approachable. He made time for everyone who wanted to say hello. He even gave Mr F a bag with charcoal in it so that he could look at the structure of the charcoal under a Microscope, which made Mr F's day.
After the workshop we had a wander around the rest of the festival. There were little chickens for sale but they where un*exed. So it was a bit of a 50/50 gamble if you were going to get a hen for $15 a chick. If you don't mind getting a roster that's OK, but if you're planing them for the backyard most councils don't let you have roosters. It annoyed me as these are living things, not a disposable item. I felt a bit sad for the fate of the young chicks that to grow to be roosters.
Katie and Mr F had a great time on the dodgem cars....
... and the huge slide.
There was a little demo in Aquaponics. I couldn't see any fish in the tub and the water was very murky.
The Blue Mountains Wildplant rescue was also there selling their plants.
School Chickens: These lovely ladies look so happy wandering around pecking at the grass.
There was a scarecrow competition.
This was an invisible man. Not sure it would scare any birds, but it did look realistic.
We listened to story tellers and had a great day. I forgot my hat and got a little bit sunburnt, but it was a wonderful festival and I hope they have it again. Lou was at a birthday party and was disappointed that he didn't get to meet Costa.