It’s hard to keep the garden looking good and continuing to be productive through a long, dry summer without spending a bucketload of money on water. And we all want to avoid that if possible.
Just as with all our home gardens, it’s looking pretty dry out at Tucker Patch at the moment, but fortunately the permaculture methods our volunteers use to protect precious plantings go a long way to minimising the impacts of drought.
With no certain end to this dry spell in sight, this is a time when deep mulching and clever watering systems really come into their own. And there are plenty of other ways to minimize your water use and keep your garden flourishing through the hot, dry weather, without breaking the bank.
Our upcoming workshop, ‘Coping With Drought: Save Water And Keep Your Garden Looking Great This Summer’ will arm you with all tips and tricks you need to help your vegies, fruit trees, herbs and ornamentals survive and keep your garden looking as lush as possible.
Presented by Tucker Patch grower and qualified horticulturist and trainer Marnie Johnson (who ran our very successful Tomatoes Workshop a few weeks ago), this workshop will take place on October 20 from 1.30–3pm, with more details to follow shortly on the website.
In spite of the unseasonal hot weather a busload of 35 visitors from Toowoomba enjoyed a visit to Tucker Patch recently as part of an Essentially Barrington Tour. Volunteer Michalie Fry showed the group around and talked about some of the various permaculture principles and water-saving methods, such as wicking, used in the gardens as well as explaining a little of the history of the Patch.
Meanwhile, here are a few suggestions for what to sow and plant this month: Jerusalem artichoke, bush and climbing beans, beetroot, cabbage, capsicum, carrots, celery, cucumber, Chinese cabbage, eggplant, kale, lettuce, okra, spring onions, parsnip, potatoes, pumpkin, rhubarb (crown), radish, rockmelon, silverbeet, spinach, squash, sweet corn, sweet potato, tomato, watermelon, zucchini.
From the patch