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Secrets to garden success at waterwise workshops

Laura Bailey from Margaret River Organic Farmer, who will be facilitating the workshop. Credit: Nature Conservation Margaret River Region
Laura Bailey from Margaret River Organic Farmer, who will be facilitating the workshop. Credit: Nature Conservation Margaret River Region

Locals can learn how to make successful waterwise wicking beds and grow a waterwise garden at the latest workshop being run by Nature Conservation Margaret River Region (NCMRR).

The conservation group is running a free, informative and practical two-hour workshop as part of its For Nature Landholder Stewardship Program, exploring how to make wicking beds at the Margaret River Community Garden on Clarke Road from 10am on Sunday, October 10.

It will be facilitated by Laura Bailey from Margaret River Organic Farmer, who has been experimenting with wicking beds for years, while NCMRR staff will also be on-hand to answer your questions about waterwise, verge and native gardens.

Tickets are free but spots are limited so register your attendance for the workshop by going to the news and events section of the NCMRR website at www.natureconservation.org.au/news-events/#upcoming-events.

"Discover a self-contained, raised-bed food growing solution - whether you're renting, have limited space, have grass or trees competing with your garden, or if you are just tired of constant watering," said Ms Bailey.

"The difference with wicking beds is the built-in reservoir which supplies water from the bottom up, getting moisture straight to the roots, where plants really need it, thus reducing evaporation.

"We'll also cover other secrets to veg growing success."

The workshop will include an hour of theory at the Margaret River Community Garden hall followed by a practical sessions covering construction of a barrel wicking bed.

The waterwise gardening workshop is the latest in series of events and workshops as part of the For Nature Landowner Stewardship Program, designed to help local residents give nature a hand in their garden or on their bush block or rural property.

Registering with For Nature is free and comes with loads of benefits for locals, like grants for conservation work at your place, free equipment hire, notifications for upcoming workshops, and a wealth of online resources.

For Nature is proudly supported by funding from the Western Australian Government's State Natural Resources Management Program, the Water Corporation and the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.