In winter I left the icy climate of Melbourne and enjoyed the warming weather in sunny Queensland.  The Queensland Garden Expo was held in Nambor and I participated in the ‘Ask a garden expert’ in the Horticultural Media Association stand.

I visited my friend Vicki Brun at her Compot stall which had a great display, including information about the industrious soldier fly which is so useful in breaking down compost material in warm climates.  Vicki now owns Heritage Organic AB Seeds, and I picked out some new varieties to try in my garden.

I walked around the stalls and displays and was delighted to find these edible and sustainable suppliers, and an edible plant display with detailed signs and a flow chart for improving sustainable food production

Does anyone else buy gardening tools when they are on holidays? The high quality reasonably priced tools sold by Shogun Tools caught my eye and I just had to add to my collection! This young couple is based in Queensland, selling a tempting range of tools for kitchen, gardening and woodworking.

Shogun Tools, mattock, shears, camellia oil at Gunyah garden Pascoe Vale South
Shogun garden tools on bluestone paving Gunyah garden

I bought some handsome shears for delicate pruning, a sharp mattock for one handed weeding and some camellia oil to nurture tool blades. Unfortunately these larger tools are not currently available online, so contact Shogun Tools for market dates, check out their website for other tools.

The salad table products may be suitable for accessible garden designs, my old friends at the Vegepod had a stall and the sustainable cuisine stall had a wide range of edible plants to buy, so tempting.   I got to relax after the Q&A session at lunch with a delicious roesti @roestirevolutionbrisbane