Sunday, 24 September 2017

Install small solar system Workshop

Yackandandah Community Garden is installing a new improved solar lighting system in the shelter to cater for night time events.
We're taking the opportunity to run a short workshop to demystify photovoltaics and you're welcome to join in.
We'll look at the solar panel, Battery charge regulator, Battery, Lights and Switches and show how and why it is all connected together to make a working low voltage solar system.

10:30am saturday September 30 at Yackandandah Community Garden. Cost $10

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Winter in Yackandandah Community Garden

The recent cold weather has really slowed down growth at the garden this winter but after weeks of waiting we can now see broad beans emerging in bed 1

There are also some tiny pea shoots just showing in bed 2 but you'll need to search closely to see them. they really are just showing through at the moment.

Brassicas are great winter crops for cold areas like ours. The broccoli, cabbage and Caulis we planted in autumn are well grown and slowly getting closer to harvest. The broccoli have tiny buds in the centre but it will still be a few weeks before they are ready to pick.

The bower birds also like some winter greens and started eating the leaves of our brassica seedlings. You can see where they have eaten the edges of this cabbage leaf.

To protect the smaller seedlings we re-erected the bird netting over one patch in bed 6.

Happy winter gardening everyone,


Sunday, 18 June 2017

JAPICKLES workshop

Hi Gardeners,
The 3rd Saturday each month sees our Yackandandah Community Garden alive with activity.

From 9:30 am there's the Produce Swap. This month we had oranges, grapefruit, eggs, mushrooms, raspberry canes and some seedlings on the table. Drop in next month to see what's available or to add something to the swap.

At 10 we take a tour round the garden discussing what's happening here and at home. Lots of discussion of garden problems, ideas and suggestions.

At 10:30 the monthly workshop starts. This month we had Yack resident, Sachi talking about Japanese style pickles and showing us how it's done.

Sachi spoke passionately about the importance of human gut health and said that pickled and fermented foods can help keep plenty of beneficial bacteria in our digestive tracts. 17 people from Yackandandah and surrounding areas booked in for this workshop. They all enjoyed the tasting and got to take some pickles home to help get them started with their own simple Japanese style pickling.

We have invited Plastic Wise Yackandandah to present our July workshop with discussion and ideas on alternatives to plastic. Even if you don't intend to go cold turkey, this should help us all to start getting off the plastic wagon. - Saturday July 15 at 10:30am

Don't forget our regular Garden Gathering. Every Saturday morning 9:30am to 10:30am. Discuss garden ideas, problems and solutions and help look after the garden.


Thursday, 11 May 2017

Ornamental Gourds

Cold nights have arrived at Yackandandah Community Garden. That means the end of all the frost tender summer growing crops, including our ornamental gourds.

Many visitors have marvelled at the arch over the path into the garden as these have grown, flowered and developed fruit but the leaves are now showing signs of the cold so it is time to harvest the fruit and remove the vines so we can use this area for another crop.

Our mature gourds will be put aside to dry then they can be used in many different ways.

There are plenty of ways you can condition your gourds.
The simplest, if you have space, is to cut the stems and stack the fruit in a shed, under cover, while they slowly dry out.

If you have limited space try tying them on a string and hanging vertically.

For those with plenty of garden space you can even leave them on the vines and they will dry out a bit slower over winter.

As the gourds dry they develop mould on the surface. This is quite normal so don't throw them out at this stage. In fact, it leaves the gourds with an attractive, mottled pattern on the outside of the shell.
You'll probably find that the skin on some of the less developed gourds will be paper thin and won't be much use. Best to just keep the fully mature ones.
It will take several months for the gourds to dry fully. They are ready when the seeds inside rattle when you shake the gourds.
After that you can let your creativity run riot to produce all manner of interesting, useful or artistic things from the shells.

Just make sure you keep some seeds so you can grow another crop next season.

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