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February Garden Insights

13 February @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Garden Insights Afternoon

Asian Inspired Food Garden

Presented by Debbie Bassingthwaighte

Sunday 13 February 2022

2.00 pm

Online via Zoom

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Bookings are Essential – we’ll send Zoom login details once you register.

We have moved this event to an online Zoom format to keep everyone safe as COVID-19 numbers escalate in Queensland. We believe the best way to include and protect all our members is to avoid the risks of meeting face-to-face at this time.

What We’ll Do

2.00 pm – Asian Inspired Food Garden

Presented by Debbie Bassingthwaighte

Debbie and her husband Brodie have been developing a protected area between their house and garage to grow a range of Asian inspired foods. So this month, Debbie will share:

  • details of her draft plan for this garden
  • the list of Asian inspired food plants that are flourishing in this microclimate (more than 120 different plants in approximately 100 m2 including many you might not know you can grow)
  • tips on how to easily grow these plants in your own garden
  • strategies to encourage biodiversity using organic approaches

The Story Behind this Garden

The main purpose of this Asian inspired food garden is to grow a range of beautiful, edible (mostly tropical) plants that can easily be plucked for immediate use in the kitchen. It’s sited within permaculture zone 1 (which requires regular human input and is visited multiple times each day) for easy access, observation and harvesting.

The location has been carefully selected for the protected microclimate it provides. The mostly tropical food plants are unlikely to thrive in other areas of the property because they grow naturally in rainforest understorey habitats, are frost-sensitive and require filtered sunlight and consistent water. However, they are flourishing here.

This garden area is informal and densely planted with gently curving paths, dappled shade trellises, productive raised beds, and rotund terracotta pots.

The long-term vision is to have leafy greens, fruit, and aromatic spices to stimulate culinary creativity and wellbeing. The colours and scents of foliage, fruits and flowers have been selected to weave a year-long tapestry.

Some features include:

  • large pots for easy harvest of rhizomes such as ginger, turmeric and galangal
  • bog garden pots for water-loving plants
  • deciduous and evergreen fruit trees, vertical climbing vines, and perennial and annual ground covers
  • a colour palette of tropical shades of green, contrasted with hues of yellow, orange and purple foliage, with fruit and flowers across all seasons.

Debbie is a backyard gardener who loves to use produce plucked directly from her edible garden. As a teacher and designer, she has a deep interest in permaculture-inspired self-reliance and resilience, and loves to inspire and empower others to live their best lives within our resilient community.


  • Financial Members of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. – Free
  • First-time Visitors to a Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. Event – Free
  • Non-Members – $10 per person
  • Children attending with an Adult – Free (but please book so we know total numbers)


Annual Membership of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. is due by 31 December each year. It’s only $40 per person or $30 for a second or subsequent adult living in the same home.

If you join now, membership will be valid right through until the end of 2022 and members can attend all events and workshops during the year at no cost. There’s an option to pay your membership at checkout when you book to attend this event.

Membership forms will be available at the event for anyone wishing to join, or available here for download at http://www.permaculturetoowoomba.com.au/membership/

 Garden Insights - Asian Inspired Food Garden - Debbie Bassingthwaighte image
 Garden Insights - Asian Inspired Food Garden - Debbie Bassingthwaighte image
 Garden Insights - Asian Inspired Food Garden - Debbie Bassingthwaighte image
 Garden Insights - Asian Inspired Food Garden - Debbie Bassingthwaighte image


Online Zoom Video Conference


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