Community Garden update
Spring officially arrived on September 1 and so the productive season is about to start.
It is the time to get started with summer vegetables in the hothouse so that seedlings are ready to plant out in six weeks when soil temperature is warmer.
Keep mulching garden beds and build up those mounds where the pumpkins will be planted.
Strawberries are beginning to flower, so mulch them well to keep fruit off the dirt.
They like a slightly acid soil so pine needles are ideal and not liked by snails and slugs.
Now is a good time to feed plants with fertiliser, blood and bone, dynamic lifter, seaweed etc. as plants put on extra leaf growth and set fruit.
Asparagus is a heavy feeder so needs a liquid fertiliser every two weeks.
Remember parsley is a good companion for asparagus.
Peas, snow peas and sugar peas can go in now, especially if you want to eat them for Christmas.
Cabbages, cauliflowers, silver beet, spinach, lettuce, kohlrabi, Asian greens, mizuna, mitumba, endive, celery, parsley and radishes can all be planted.
Try growing potatoes in a large container such as a drum with the bottom cut out.
Put 20cm compost in the bottom, put a couple of potatoes in, then cover with mulch.
When the potatoes have sprouted through the mulch, put another layer of mulch on top, about 30cm.
Leave until sprouts have shown through, then cover with mulch again, continue this pattern until the container is full.
Now leave potatoes to grow, make sure you keep them well watered.
You can put capsicum, eggplant, zucchini, watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumber, pumpkin, marrows and artichokes all under glass. Workshops: The first workshop to establish a worm farm at Corowa High School was very successful and the second group will build another with students in September.
On September 14 a compositing/worm farm workshop will be held at the community garden with Sue Brunskill and Sue will also teach us about integrated pest management.
Thursday, September 21 - high school students will join us for these two workshops. Dates to remember: Balldale CWA will visit the garden on Friday, September 15 for morning tea and a chat.
Howlong seniors will visit the garden on Wednesday, October 25 for morning tea and a chat.
Calvary Uniting Church will celebrate the Golden Jubilee on Sunday, October 22.