When it comes to growing your own food Indira says you have to reimagine the space you’ve got, which is exactly what she did when she designed her inner-city garden featured in The Edible Balcony. She was able to transform her thirteenth story balcony into a bountiful kitchen garden by maximising space with vertical walls, hanging pots as well as pots on the ground.
In today’s clip Indira talks about her ‘cocktail wall’ with herbs like mint julep at the ready to be popped into that classic Bourbon recipe, her hanging herb pots which don’t require much soil, and low pots with deep-rooted vegetables like tomatoes, carrots and eggplant.
Indira who hadn’t been a gardener before starting one on her balcony, grew 70 kilos of produce in one year! She believes that if you have sunlight, a watering-can and ten minutes a day, you too can grow fresh food in a small space.
Indira Naidoo’s television broadcast career has spanned more than two decades. She has anchored and reported for some of news and current affair programs, including the ABC’s Late Edition nightly news and SBS TV’s award-winning World News Tonight. In 2009 she was selected from 2000 applicants to be trained by former US President Al Gore as a climate change presenter. In 2013 she was appointed an ambassador The Wayside Chapel and conducts weekly gardening classes on its award-winning rooftop vegetable garden. Indira’s bestselling book The Edible Balcony documented her adventures growing fruit and vegetables on her inner-city balcony and then making them into delicious recipes. She also writes the popular food and gardening blog saucyonion.blogspot.com.