VOLUNTEERS of Bass Coast Landcare gathered at the Bass River Garden on Saturday for the garden blitz program, helping maintain the community garden whilst developing an insight into pests, diseases and disorders.

The discussion and hands-on workshops are managed by Bass Coast Landcare Education, Training and Communications manager Lisa Wangman and local Horticulture teacher Adrian James.

Lisa began the program for participants to meet like-minded community members who had an interest in growing organic produce, volunteering in the communal garden and sharing knowledge, ideas and resources.

Volunteer Jeremy Schramp is a Horticulture student at Bass Coast Adult Learning, and was putting his theory into practice on Saturday, helping remove weeds and grasses from the vegetable gardens; as Adrian spoke to the volunteers about identifying issues and managing pests.

“The river garden is a great community project, and each month we will cover different topics to help our volunteers gain a better understanding of what their working with,” Adrian said.

The Bass Coast Landcare River Garden is located in the paddock on the Bass Highway between the BCLN office and the Bass River, and on the second Saturday of each month the river garden blitz and guest speaker program will be held over two sessions.

To help abide by the current number restrictions, volunteers can book in a morning or afternoon session, the sessions will be run from 9:30am until 12:30pm and from 1:30pm until 4:30pm.

“If you are a gardener, a farmer or just like being involved in communal projects, the river garden is open to everyone; these projects are a respectful open space for all, we’ll give locals knowledge on horticulture and useful tips to help their garden at home,” Lisa said.

To help the river garden with planting, harvesting or general maintenance visit www.basscoastlandcare.org.au/