Sunday, May 26, 2013

Tapping into our BIG, friendly, gardening genius


If you've ever tried to grow something, whether you succeeded or failed you probably learned something that might be useful to someone else.

For example, I can help you learn how to kill a persimmon tree. Quickly.
Or how to make a no-dig nature strip garden bed or how to grow fig trees from cuttings.

More than 150 of us are somehow connected with our garden and food forest - over 30 personal plotters, dozens in our communal crew not to mention a bunch of you who subscribe to our website.  Some of you have decades of gardening experience, degrees in horticulture, permaculture backgrounds,  are studying or maybe you're just keen observers.

When you put together all our little knowledge, experiments, experiences and lessons, you get one BIG genius that can probably answer almost any question one of us could come up with.

I reckon this is amazing and fantastic and one of the best things about being involved with this garden.

Lately a few of us have been pondering how to tap into this BIG gardening genius when we have a question?

  • The obvious way is to go to the garden and talk to people. Come along, collar someone and ask. If they don't know the answer, they might know how to find out.
  • Lunch at the Garden & Gather is becoming a very enjoyable affair with lots of vibrant banter. Our Sunday Sessions (9am -12pm every Sunday) provide a regular opportunity to be at the garden with others.
  • If you join the communal crew you're bound to learn something. Besides growing food, helping members develop their knowledge and skills is one of their aims.
  • You could like us on Facebook and then, if you have a question, post it on our page. At the moment, there are already 60 people just waiting for you to challenge them. Share your questions and your own inner genius.

Can you think of other ways?

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Sunday 26th May Garden & Gather

This Sunday 26th May between 11am - 3pm we've got our regular working bee happening down at the garden with plenty to do, all sorts of things from painting, mulching, edging, weeding, sand-spreading, tidying up and more. Check out the compost bays built a week back.
  • We'd love it if you can be there by 11am so we can explain what's happening for the day (once!). 
  • Lunch is at 1pm - bring something shareable to drink and eat and we'll have a lovely lunch, sitting around on hay bales and catching up on news.
  • We'll have a swap table set up so if you have any fruit, veg, herbs, seeds etc to swap bring them along too.
  • Oh and remember your gloves and a hat.
It's a beautiful time of year for being in the garden.

See you down there on Sunday!

Monday, May 6, 2013

The Compost Gods are smiling on our endeavours for this weekend (plus Sunday session moving to Saturday this week)

Well the stars are clearly aligned for us and the Compost Gods have signalled their approval of our Compost Palace build this Saturday. It turns out this week is International Compost Awareness Week!

Because our crew of highly skilled, volunteer craftspeople will be hard at work down at the garden on Saturday, this week we'll move our Sunday session to Saturday. 

That doesn't mean you can't go on SUnday instead (or as well) but feel free to pop down on Saturdayn if you want some company. Say "hello" and have a cuppa, tend to your plot or do a bit of work on the communal beds. There's plenty that needs doing if you feel the urge.

Hope to see you down there.


Friday, May 3, 2013

What to sow or plant in May



It's definitely autumn in our neck of the woods, with shorter days and those cooler nights that make the deciduous trees decide to drop their bundles.


The soil is still pretty warm, though, and we haven't had much rain, so while it's great for planting, it may take a little more watering than usual to get your seedlings growing strongly.

Here are some of the vegetables you can plant or sow now:


  • Bok choy 
  • Beetroot
  • Broad beans
  • Broccoli 
  • Brussels sprouts (seedlings, but check the label - it may be getting too late)
  • Cabbage (seedlings, rather than seed)
  • Carrot (seedlings, but check the label - it may be too late for some varieties)
  • Cauliflower (seedlings)
  • Celery 
  • Chicory & radicchio
  • Endive (seedlings)
  • Garlic 
  • Jerusalem artichoke (tubers or seedlings)
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi 
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce 
  • Mizuna 
  • Mustard greens 
  • Onions 
  • Parsnips 
  • Peas 
  • Radishes 
  • Rocket 
  • Silver beet or rainbow chard
  • Snow peas 
  • Spinach 
  • Swedes
  • Tatsoi 
  • Turnips.


It's also a terrific opportunity to plant some herbs such as:

  • Chives
  • Coriander 
  • Dill
  • Mint (in a pot, as it can ramble)
  • Oregano
  • Parsley 
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary. 


But most importantly, this is one of the loveliest times of the year for gardening.

So what are you waiting for?