Lunch fit for a king

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Robyn Gul­liver

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 kar­ratha­gar­den@gmail.com.

Pic­ture: Kar­ratha En­viro Group

There was a great turnout to the Fa­ther’s Day Bar­be­cue at the com­mu­nity gar­den.

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