His website offers thoroughly researched and applied advice for Ballarat’s specific climatic conditions and useful “how to” guides on constructing and placing compost bins, vegetable beds, including wicking beds and other such practical matters.
John has also produced a fantastic planting guide for Ballarat, warning locals, that we are about 6 weeks behind Melbourne’s planting times in spring and that seed producers give a one size fits all guide for planting, based on Melbourne’s climate.
Additionally, John also runs some excellent and practical workshops for those wishing to further develop their knowledge and skills base.
I highly recommend his website to anyone involved in growing their own food, in Ballarat. Indeed a visit to his garden as part of my Permaculture Certificate Course has inspired much of my own garden design. Things like his compost bin location inside the chicken run, and having a water tank from which you can dip straight onto the vegetables, as well as pots on posts by your vegetable beds to keep ties and pop weeds into were inspirations worth emulating. Their labour saving merit is considerable and fabulously practical.
If the outcome at my place over the next years is even half as productive and inviting as John has achieved with his urban food garden, I will be both very satisfied and well fed. Do pay his website a visit!