It’s been a busy time at the Patch over the last couple of months, with lots still to do in preparation for spring.
The hard frosts have taken a toll on some of our plants and shrubs in the Food Forest and other areas of the gardens, and our dedicated Garden Volunteers have been busy pruning back the damage as well as clearing pesky kikuyu from the banks of the large pond near the gourd frame. The banks will be revegetated with native grasses and other hardy low-screen plants.
If you’re interested in joining our Garden Volunteer Program contact 0484 001 390 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings are currently the most popular days for working bees. It’s a great way to meet new friends, get some exercise and learn things you never knew in a beautiful, healthy environment.
Our Marmalade Workshop earlier this month was once again very successful, with approximately a hundred jars of delicious Seville Orange, Lime and Ruby Red Grapefruit produced from one very productive session. Look out for the new batches of marmalade at the Farmgate Stall soon.
We’ve also been hosting a series of Pruning Fruit Tree Workshops, with hands-on demos at the Food Forest from our talented John Galagher. Part 3, on Pruning Stonefruit Trees, took place on Saturday August 18, with the fourth and final session, Pruning Citrus, being held on Saturday September 15. Apart from being a wealth of knowledge on pruning, John can also offer advice on general care of all fruit (and other) trees. So grab your secateurs and come along and join us
What to plant in September
Artichokes (globe and Jerusalem) • bush beans • climbing beans • beetroot • broccoli • cabbage • carrots • celery • Chinese cabbage • cucumber • eggplant • kale • lettuce • onions • spring onions • parsnip • climbing peas • dwarf peas • potatoes • pumpkin • rhubarb (crown) • radish • rockmelon • silverbeet • spinach • squash • sweet corn • sweet potato • tomato • watermelon • zucchini
From the patch