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Calling all Bentleigh gardeners

By Matt Hurlston

New to Bentleigh or any other suburb in the Glen Eira region? Do you consider yourself a bit of a gardener? If the answer to both of these questions is yes, your city council needs you.

The Glen Eira Council is calling on people to join the Neighbourhood Sustainable Gardening Program. This initiative focuses on raising awareness and improving the sustainability of gardens.

This invitation to this program extends to all residents, schools, organisations, and businesses in the Glen Eira region that have gardens or are planning to have gardens with sustainability features. These include having a vegetable patch, fruit trees, compost system, local indigenous plants, water-wise features, worm farms and/or a chicken farm.

Those who register will receive a welcome pack that includes a special sign that can be attached to their fence. Participants will also receive specific local gardening information, and regular updates on local events.

The city council's official page describes that the program is designed to combine and utilise the "passion, knowledge and skills of residents as gardeners and managers of open space".

One example of this in effect can be seen in the city council's August news report. Wendy, an avid gardener from Ormond, contacted the program with her concerns regarding gall wasps on citrus trees.  Wendy advises gardeners to remove the woody galls on citrus branches before the end of winter to prevent the adult wasps emerging in spring.

Through this program, members can share tips and concerns to can help other fellow gardeners bolster the health of their gardens.

Want to get involved but don't quite have the garden for it? Get connected with Matt Hurlston and the team at Ray White Carnegie, and we'll help you find real estate in Bentleigh with the right garden for you.

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