AS THE cost of living increases, more people are turning to growing fruit and vegetables at home to save a few dollars, but it all could be a waste of time if not done right. That's where permaculture expert Tim Lang comes in.
There are a lot of reasons why people can benefit from learning from Tim and he's offering his advice free at the Noosa Festival of Water held at Cooroy's botanical gardens.
As a nationally accredited permaculture trainer, Tim shares his extensive experience while working alongside people in their own gardens. He specialises in educating and supporting clients to grow healthy, organic food using locally available resources while limiting expensive inputs.
Tim takes his design cues from nature's ecological processes and patterns and in turn empowers people to create and cultivate beautiful gardens and landscapes of extraordinary abundance.
He and his family have been cultivating their Cooran property in this way for the past two years since relocating from Brisbane for a tree change. Tim's business, Dinner Garden, is for people interested in sustainability through the development of vegetable gardens, orchards, food forests, native gardens, cabinet timber plantings and natural area restoration.
On Sunday, June 24, Tim will demonstrate how best to plant a fruit tree, utilising the space around it for a small garden that evolves with the tree's growth.
During his time at Cooran, Tim has been focussing on sustainability practices, particularly through gardening and the promotion and endorsement of local produce.
He was weeding his own garden when The Gympie Times caught up with him yesterday. Explaining his business, Tim said he provided support to gardeners and groups in an advisory capacity, just as a personal trainer would in regard to exercise.
"If you want to get a garden going but are not motivated or don't know where to start, I can help," he said.
"The main goal is to empower people through their own gardening success."
Companion planting, or guild planting, is a suburban household's friend and Tim will explain this at the free demonstration.
"In this instance, the fruit tree will be the central focus and I'll be showing how to use the space around it while the tree is still young. My job is to teach people about planting plants to support the tree.
"The garden concept evolves over time with the use of ecological processes and patterns."
Dinner Garden provides soil assessments for clients on site and Tim's big tip for gardeners is to pay particular attention to soil health and biodiversity. Think crop rotation, companion planting, sunlight, water and drainage.