GREEN THUMBS: Bob Halliday and Margaret McAdam are keen gardeners, travelling from Bundaberg to be a part of the No Dig Calliope Garden Club workshop.
GREEN THUMBS: Bob Halliday and Margaret McAdam are keen gardeners, travelling from Bundaberg to be a part of the No Dig Calliope Garden Club workshop. Laura Mckee

Gardeners learn tips and tricks from the best

THERE may be 60 years between them, but Bailey King and Bob Halliday have a wealth of experience when it comes to gardening.

Mr Halliday drove from Bundaberg to participate in a two-day workshop with guru gardeners Paula West and Gary Hands, picking up tips at the no-dig planting session on Saturday at a Calliope property.

"I don't know what I would do without my garden," he said.

"We live in a retirement village and we grow plenty of silverbeet, tomatoes and garlic."

The former Calliope resident of 15 years, who is still a member of Calliope Garden Club, works on his vegie patch 10-12 hours a week.

"We were the first couple to put our names down for the workshop," he laughed.

"I like gardening because it takes you away from the TV."

Ten-year-old Bailey King is a blossoming green thumb, often helping his grandfather in the yard.

"I like having food when it has grown," he said.

Around 25 people learnt handy gardening tips from Sunshine Coast gardener Mr Hands on how to grow a "no-dig garden" from scratch.

Mr Hands said it was great to see Calliope Garden Club pick up 21 new members over the weekend and to give growers confidence in their planting.

"We are passionate about getting the message across that in any environment you can grow anything," he said.

Ms West, a bee keeper of 12 years, taught members the importance of bees in our environment, with the next generation of bee keepers.

"We have had two people adopt a bee hive this weekend and I will now look after the bees on farms."



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