In season .... Bec Pollock harvests golden globe turnips, swedes, kohlrabi,
and a variety of kales at her Bonython home.
Pollock will lead a preserving workshop at the Canberra Environment Centre on October 19. Pollock and her husband Ryan Mavin moved to Canberra in 2008.
They came from Coffs Harbour where she was raised on a small farm, so her early years involved sheep, chickens, horses, pigs and vegetable gardening. She says they became more aware of the environment and self-reliance when their children were little. She learnt about permaculture and they started growing organic produce, keeping chickens, making their own toiletries and foraging.
Time capsules ... Bec Pollock's pickles and
preserves. She will give
presentations on preserving at Floriade on
Thursdays at 1pm.
They are harvesting golden globe turnips, swedes, kohlrabi, and a variety of kales. Garlic and broad beans, sugar snap peas and purple podded peas are cropping.
Pollock grows beetroot, carrot, chillies, radish, silverbeet and herbs year round. In a greenhouse, tomatoes, zucchini, squash and cucumbers are germinating from seed, ready for planting out into the garden in November. Pollock collects seeds from tomatoes, beans and peas but says saving seed means knowing which species will cross-pollinate so she does not collect seed from turnip, kohlrabi, swede or kale.
Colourful start ... Purple potted peas
from Bec Pollock's garden.
■ Bec Pollock gives presentations at Floriade on seed saving (Thursdays, 10.30am), preserving (Thursdays, 1pm), urban homesteading (Sundays, 10.30am), and cooking from the garden (Sundays, 1pm). Floriade also has a city farm display with vertical planting and chooks.
■ Pollock also leads a workshop on preserving through the Canberra Environment Centre at the Bush Capital Lodge in O'Connor ($80, October 19, 2pm-5pm, ecoaction.com.au).