Sunday, 9 April 2017

Garden Gathering - April 8th 2017

Hi gardeners,
4 hardy helpers attended Saturday's Garden gathering this week.

We planted lots of winter seedlings - spinach,

 and silver beet, both in the lower level of bed 1.

Broccoli, cabbage and khol rabi in the top level of bed 3 (which Vicki and Lee-Anne topped up with topsoil during the week - thank you both. That bed should retain moisture much better next summer and was much easier to plant into)

Purple broccoli went into the top level of bed 6

and the lower level of bed 4 is now planted out with onion seedlings which means we should have a very productive garden right through winter.

Yackandandah Community Garden is still producing good crops. The tomatoes have slowed down but you can still pick beans from the arch as well as edible pod peas and leafy greens in bed 5.
The carrots in that bed are not quite ready to pick yet so please leave those for another month or 2.

The sweet corn in bed 1 is now ready to eat so please drop in and pick a couple for dinner. Just look at all those plump, sweet corn kernals.

I don't think many people have noticed the lemon cucumbers growing in the wicking bed behind the fig tree. Take a look if you like cucumbers - there's lots ready to eat or pickle.

Our sweet potatoes in bed 2 are still growing so fingers crossed the tubers are also growing under the ground. These can be grown from cuttings. You're welcome to cut some pieces and root them in a jar of water on a warm window sill. Keep them inside your home in the water all winter and plant out only when the frost is finished in spring.


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Easter Weekend Workshop

If you're planning to stay local this Easter and are looking for something to do, we are running a Seed Saving workshop on Easter Saturday following our monthly produce swap.
The produce swap will kick off at 9.30am, and the workshop at 10.30am.

You'll learn when to harvest seed, how to store it and other seedy subjects.
If you'd like more details you can email us OR phone Neil PH 02 6027 1557

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Passata making Workshop Saturday

There is nothing like being involved in processing bucket loads of fruit or veg for preserving, its the joy of summers abundance.
 And its not just imagining the wonderful meals that are will be prepared during the winter months when things are slow in the garden, but its also the social aspect, the team work, the conversation, its a celebration.
This Saturday is our Passata making workshop with Marty O'Sullivan. There are still some places left so if your interested please send us an email to book in.
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Monday, 13 March 2017

What's up at the Yackandandah Community Garden

Hello Gardeners,
Just over a week ago Vicki planted the garlic cloves for next year's crop.
Today the first couple have popped up above the soil.

Traditionally garlic is 'planted on the shortest day and harvested on the longest day' but in this area we find they do much better planted a bit earlier. If you plant in autumn the plants get a chance to grow big and strong before it gets really cold. larger plants means you'll get better garlic bulbs when they are harvested. I generally try to plant mine when I expect the first autumn rains so they can grow without any additional water. Ideal for gardeners who supply their own water.
Garlic will grow in most soils but you'll definitely get better bulbs if you have fed the soil beforehand. Try to find a spot in the garden that you fed for a previous crop because too much fertiliser can cause the plants to grow too quick and the bulbs don't store well.

Our climbing beans have put on a growth spurt over the past few weeks and there's lots of lovely beans hanging from the trellis waiting to be picked.

Hunt among the leaves to find the ones that are hiding as well. We all know fresh is best so please pick your own veg from the Yackandandah Community Garden. remember to leave a donation in the tin at the front and when you have time why not come down and give us a hand to keep your community garden growing.


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Autumn workshop calendar

Here is our autumn workshop calendar and we're learning to make Passata! This was an absolute hoot last time and very popular.

So, if your tomatoes are ripening and your imagining your pantry shelves well stocked for winter, you'd be wise to book in quickly as there are limited places available.

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