Monday, August 12, 2013

What's coming up part I: Building our propagation area

If you've ever successfully grown plants from seeds and cuttings, you know it is really interesting and tremendously satisfying. From the very beginning, our plans for the garden have included a propagation area designed to enable us to do this. It should create even more ways to learn about plants and growing food as well as new ways for people to get involved and hopefully it will help reduce costs.

This propagation area will be the next exciting piece of our garden project to fall into place.

To be able to undertake this project we received funding from two generous sources : Landcare (a Be Natural grant) and our Moreland City Council Partnership Grant.

How will we do this?
A couple of weeks ago our hard working Garden & Gather crew cleared and flattened out an area beside our compost palace where we'll lay a base of granitic sand (that's one of our jobs for the next Garden & Gather on 25th August).

On top of this base, right up against the compost palace, in September we'll build a greenhouse, inside we'll have some metal plant tables and a watering system. Outside, between the greenhouse and shed, we'll have an area sheltered from the sun and wind where we can harden off our seedlings before we plant them out into the garden.

Ok so it's a boring picture but can you imagine it?

This facility will be there for all of us to share. Eventually, hopefully, we'll even be growing from our own seed, growing plants using cuttings from the food forest, and maybe even grafting our own fruit trees.

With your help, it'll be fantastic.