The action just doesn’t seem to stop at the Patch these days, and the recent rain (with more to come it seems!) has created a fresh surge of growth in the gardens, as well as filling up the dam to a much healthier level.
Fortunately our trusty Garden Volunteer team is up the task and thanks to their hard work and dedication the Patch looked wonderful in time for the very successful Dig Gloucester weekend.
As well as providing stalls for the sale of local honey, delicious marmalade, fresh flowers and vegie and herb seedlings, and wicking and propagation workshops and demos, the Patch was open for tours and walkabouts of the site both on the Saturday and Sunday. Visitors were impressed, both with the background information as to how it all started and how it all works, and with the programs such as workshops and other schemes we operate.
Our final Pruning Workshop, on pruning citrus, again hosted by John Galagher was most informative and the Patch will no doubt benefit from bumper crops of healthy citrus in our Food Forest area again next year! A great excuse for another Marmalade Making Workshop!)
Meanwhile, Marnie’s workshop on Growing Healthy Tomatoes attracted a keen group of members both new and old. Once again attendees were amazed at the depth of Marnie’s knowledge and the simple but clever secrets for success she was able to share.
Our next workshop, on combatting and coping with the unique growing conditions in the Gloucester area will be a godsend for anyone struggling with the poor soil, extreme (and quick-changing) temperature and other weather conditions of the area. The workshop is planned for Saturday November 24, with more information soon to follow on the website and in flyers advertising the event.
On the subject of growing conditions – if you have had trouble with your onions this year due to the extended dry conditions, excessive cold – and now excess water, click here for some fabulous trouble-shooting and general growing and care tips from Marnie.
What to plant now: bush beans, climbing beans, beetroot, cabbage, capsicum, carrots, celery, cucumber, eggplant, kale, lettuce, spring onions, parsnip, potatoes, pumpkin, rhubarb (crown), radish, rockmelon, silverbeet, spinach, squash, sweet corn, sweet potato, tomato, watermelon, zucchini.
From the patch