Ballarat Community Garden Harvest Festival attracts region's green thumbs

GARDENERS from around the region were united through their love of all that’s green at yesterday’s Ballarat Community Garden annual Harvest Festival. 

Entertainment, food, information stalls and plant stalls all attracted hundreds to the garden’s fundraiser. 

Althea Oliver held a stall giving people information on how to make insect hotels.

“In order to have a balanced environment in garden you need a mix of things, including insects,” Ms Oliver said.

“We have a mix of native bees in Australia which pollinate at different times and different things. 

“We need to provide a habitat for them.”

Garden member Ron Saines was selling bags of sheep poo before he wandered to see what the other stalls were offering. 

Mr Saines has his own block where he grows vegetables. 

Graham Bott, from Durham Lead, came along for a look and to see what other gardeners were doing. 

“You can get ideas, see how other people do things in their garden that you haven’t thought of,” Mr Bott said.