Time to get your plants grow­ing

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

The gar­dener in­side ev­ery Pil­bara res­i­dent is be­gin­ning to come out as the late sum­mer heat slowly cools off.

It has been a stop-start sea­son for green thumbs in the re­gion to date with sev­eral false dawns where the weather has cooled off only to heat back up again and kill any progress made.

Onslow Com­mu­nity Gar­den pres­i­dent Ge­off Her­bert said with the change of weather plenty of veg­eta­bles such as toma­toes, Chi­nese cab­bage, broc­coli and sil­ver­beet had re­cently been planted.

“We’re right on the cusp of the sea­son turn­ing so it is still a lit­tle bit hard be­cause we’re get­ting some hot days still,” he said.

“We’re hop­ing it re­ally cools off the next few weeks and it kicks off.

“All that rain re­cently was good, that gave us a good start and hope­fully we get a bit more.”

Mr Her­bert said com­mu­nity gar­dens were a good place to come and learn more about gar­den­ing be­fore tack­ling your own projects, as well as pro­vid­ing the op­por­tu­nity to so­cialise.

Handy Hands Kar­ratha spokes­woman Ma­rina Gold­schmidt said the tra­di­tional grow­ing time in the Pil­bara was usu­ally from Easter through to about Septem­ber but this sea­son had proved dif­fi­cult.

“A lot of plants won’t last our sum­mer so it’s a mad fu­ri­ous time now to get all your plants in. It’s the ex­act op­po­site to Perth’s sea­son,” she said

“We sug­gest seedlings be­cause your grow­ing time is very short. If you can get an es­tab­lished plant in you have a bet­ter chance of get­ting a crop be­fore our lovely sum­mer comes back.”

Ms Gold­schmidt said it was im­por­tant to feed fast-grow­ing plants such as veg­eta­bles reg­u­larly with­out over­dos­ing them.

“Es­pe­cially veg­eta­bles and any­thing that grows quickly needs a lot of food so you can’t rely on just do­ing it once, you need to keep feed­ing through the sea­son,” she said.

A busy bee will be hosted at the Onslow Com­mu­nity Gar­den early next month, and Mr Her­bert said the gar­den’s pizza oven was pro­duc­ing the best piz­zas in the Pil­bara.

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