IF you like jam on your bread head along to the Warrnambool Community Garden this Saturday to taste the Dirty Weekend menu of events.
The sustainable gardening expo will include a homemade preserves competition, an indigenous plant display, pot plant competition and a solar power exhibit, as well as tips on propagation, composting and cooking with leftovers.
Horticulturalist and professional chef Kylie Treble, as head judge of the preserves competition, will share her extensive knowledge on how to make the perfect jam.
“A winning jam needs to have the right ratio of fruit to liquid or gel as well as incorporating the sugar properly and avoiding a nasty thing called scum,” said Ms Treble of Newfield, near Port Campbell.
“It’s nice to have some consolidated fruit pieces spread out through the jar in a very clean jam in that it doesn’t look cloudy.”
Ms Treble also runs a popular sustainable gardening and cooking blog called The Place of Wonder.
“Not only are you getting like-minded people together, you are getting them in a wonderful sharing environment,” she said of the Warrnambool event.
“None of us know everything and we’re all about sharing and learning from each other. There will be ideas to stimulate you to improve your garden and feel better yourself while helping the planet.”
The free Dirty Weekend starts at 10am at the garden on the corner of Grieve Street and Grafton Road near the racecourse.