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Create a Banana Swale in Your Backyard

Cost: $15


Hope Garden

8 Riverbank Road
New Lynn, Auckland 0600

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About this Event

Bananas are surprisingly easy to grow, but are very heavy feeders that require plenty of nutrients to thrive. Planted in a specific way, they offer a great low-maintenance composting option for those with some a little space.

Learn about the benefits of this composting method – one that can effectively compost all your garden and food waste, but also provide you with a nutrient-dense, healthy (and delicious) food source.

Join Richard Lee, EcoMatters Food and Nature Team leader at Hope Garden as he outlines how to establish a backyard Banana swale compost; what to plant to make it highly productive; and how to feed the swale system.

Utilising food scraps collected from our Rosebank Business Association Waste Audit programme, garden waste and other compostable inputs, this will be a practical session laying down a fresh compost bed into a newly dug swale system, as well as a demonstration of how to add layers of compostable material to an established swale bed.

Richard will also demonstrate how to manage your stand of bananas for maximum yield.


Gloves, sturdy shoes or boots, a raincoat, hat and water bottle.