Home-grown veggies take cake

Anne Gibson (left) and Cath Manuel at the kitchen garden display at the Queensland Garden Expo.
Anne Gibson (left) and Cath Manuel at the kitchen garden display at the Queensland Garden Expo. Brett Wortman

FINANCIAL pressures and a greater demand for organic products have inspired a trend of kitchen gardens.

Gourmet lettuces, spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, chillies and strawberries are increasingly being grown in residential backyards and picked fresh for the dinner plate.

And it is not just home owners discovering their green thumbs. Renters are learning the smallest of spaces can be turned into an edible oasis.

The 2012 Queensland Garden Expo is expected to attract more than 30,000 visitors this weekend at Nambour Showgrounds.

The event, which opens today, has the biggest collection of sub-tropical plants in Australia and offers a fun day out for the whole family.

Event organiser Marion Beazley said the Giant Kitchen Garden would be popular

"Nurseries have noticed an increasing trend in people investing in fruit trees and growing vegetables, but there are a lot of questions out there," she said.


Garden Expo


Where: Nambour Showgrounds, Coronation Ave.

When: Today until Sunday.

Gates: Open 8am daily. Close 5pm Friday and Saturday, 4pm Sunday.

Topics:  fruit and veg gardening organic queensland garden expo

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