Food from garden to plate

Fun and friendly: The workshops teach people about different plants and allow them to enjoy lunch, afternoon or morning tea made from vegies in the garden.
Fun and friendly: The workshops teach people about different plants and allow them to enjoy lunch, afternoon or morning tea made from vegies in the garden.

A trip to the vegetable aisle is out of the question for Glenmore’s Mickey Robertson because she has everything she needs at home.

The avid gardener created her own backyard oasis full of beautiful plants, flowers and a huge vegetable patch.

Mrs Robertson shares her planting and cooking knowledge with interested locals through her ‘In The Kitchen Garden with Mickey’ workshops at Glenmore House.

She said she had been running the workshops for ten years.

“I just knew I wasn’t the only one with a million questions about growing vegetables using organic principles,” she said.

“I know it isn't rocket science, but if you haven’t grown up with parents or grandparents who grow food, you are at a substantial loss as to just where to begin.

“I thought it would be valuable to provide that information in a down-to-earth, open, honest and friendly way using my garden as an example showing the pitfalls and mistakes as well as the best methods – we all learn from our mistakes.”

The workshops explore different plants, their growing habits, planting, care and more.

“Participants can choose between a morning session beginning with morning tea and ending with a simple, seasonal garden-inspired long table lunch or an afternoon session beginning with lunch and ending with afternoon tea,” Ms Robertson said.

The Kitchen Garden workshops take place on the last Saturday of each month but may expand in 2018 as they have become more popular.  

See it grow: This is a fresh tin of root vegetables straight from Mickey Robertson's dedicated Kitchen Garden in Glenmore.

See it grow: This is a fresh tin of root vegetables straight from Mickey Robertson's dedicated Kitchen Garden in Glenmore.

“Nothing equals the pleasure of going into the garden to pick the fruits of your own hard work,” Mrs Robertson said.

“I’ve been doing that for many years now and my enthusiasm for picking or digging each and every leaf, pea, petal, parsnip, potato never wanes.”

Mrs Robertson said she cooks using vegetables and herbs from her garden daily.

“Whether it’s rhubarb or spinach for breakfast, leafy greens and petals for salads, ingredients for risottos, soups and pasta or veg to accompany meat, chicken or fish,” she said.

“Any of the above, it’s all there for the picking – organic, seasonal and within a few steps of the kitchen.”

Mrs Robertson said creating a vegetable garden at home can take a fair bit of effort.

”You have to want to do it,” she said.

“On a small scale, just begin with one bed, make sure it receives good exposure to the sun, prepare the soil and make a start. Buy a seedling or two and just try.”

Green thumb: Glenmore’s Mickey Robertson has created a kitchen garden in her own backyard. She enjoys sharing her skills with residents through workshops.

Green thumb: Glenmore’s Mickey Robertson has created a kitchen garden in her own backyard. She enjoys sharing her skills with residents through workshops.

For more details about the range of workshops at Glenmore House, visit: ​glenmorehouse.com.au.