Lunch fit for a king
A fantastic turnout of families and fathers came along to the special barbecue in the Karratha Community Garden to celebrate Father’s Day in the Pilbara.
Dads were given the opportunity to relax among the trees and vegetables, while fresh garden salad was served up with snags and fresh juice — a barbecue fit for kings.
This time of year in the garden is perfect for harvesting salad items in particular.
A group of children had the task of collecting lettuce, rocket, spinach, tomatoes, herbs and anything else they could fit to throw in.
Some eggplant and spring onions were also added to the pile, topped off with three crates of fresh oranges generously donated for the event.
While vegetables should be at harvesting point by now in the Karratha growing season, some fruit take longer to ripen.
The paw paws hanging heavily on the trees are still green, and the passionfruit have a couple more weeks left to be perfect.
This year the citrus trees have struggled to gear up and start producing but hopefully next year the sultana grape vine will provide its first crop for the volunteers to enjoy.
The community garden has two more barbecue events arranged on the first Saturday of October and November, but after that as the weather starts to heat up many of the more sensitive plants start to wilt.
Depending on how much shade each plant is getting, some can keep cropping right through the Christmas period.
In particular, plants such as chillies, capsicum and melons will grow well over the summer season with a little care and attention.
So now is a good time to be planting and preparing the ground for the summer rotation.
Further information about the community garden can be found at the Karratha Community Garden Facebook page or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
There was a great turnout to the Father’s Day Barbecue at the community garden.