Com­mu­nity Garden up­date

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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