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Friday, July 10, 2015

What to plant in July

Hope you've had a chance to get out in the winter sunshine, it's shaping up to be very cold over the next few days.

It can be hard to get some seeds going in colder weather, but if you're a member you can use the greenhouse at the West Brunswick Community Garden. If you don't want to try sowing seed, there are plenty of seedlings around now to get your winter garden off to a strong start. Here are a few things you can try:
  • Bok choy
  • Beetroot
  • Broad beans
  • Chicory 
  • Endive
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Mizuna
  • Mustard greens
  • Onion
  • Pak choy 
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Rocket
  • Shallots
  • Silverbeet or ruby/rainbow chard
  • Tatsoi

You can also plant tubers of Jerusalem artichokes, crowns of asparagus and rhubarb, and you'll find strawberry runners and seed potatoes in the nurseries now. It's probably getting too late for the standard varieties of broccoli and cauliflower, but you can find green and purple varieties of 'sprouting broccoli' that grow more quickly and provide lots of small tender heads,  as well as year-round cauliflowers.

The odd frost is hard on flowering peas and the tender young shoots of potatoes (and on gardeners' fingertips and ears), so choose your position for these carefully or be prepared to cover them on frosty nights. A good layer of mulch such as pea straw or lucerne hay can help keep the soil warmer too. On the other hand, a good crunchy freeze is excellent news for Brussels sprouts and kale. It's all swings and roundabouts in the winter garden.

- Kelly

Seed saving group starting at West Brunswick Community Garden

We've started a seed bank and seed saving group at the West Brunswick Community Garden and you're invited to join.

We are looking at saving and stocking locally grown and heritage seeds for the use of the garden and members. Seeds from plants grown in the garden or in the area can be kept for growing more plants next season.

Although seeds come at any time to the garden through member's donations or Communal Crew gardening, the seed saving group meets during the second Sunday of every month at the WBCG, during the communal working bee. On this day, we collect seeds if available, process them and pack them, and check the stock. Activities might include seasonal sowing.

Seed saving is a restful and meditative group activity, where we learn about self-sufficiency and chat around a cup of tea while our hands are busy. Anyone can join the group for updates and participate as much as they want, even dropping in during Communal Crew.

If you or someone you know saves seeds or would like to learn how, why not join the group? You can send us emails on and join the email list to stay in touch.

We will be setting up a facebook group sometimes soon but if you are not on facebook and wish to receive email updates, let us know on the email address above.

Talk to you soon,

- Juliette from the Seed Savers Group