Well it has been a nice weekend so far to be digging and weeding and such. We have had a productive couple of volunteers sessions on Friday and Sunday at the gardens. Much weeding and seeding was done – especially with more of our succession planting of the winter greens and related vegetables. With our Sunday session we have also added another raised ‘quick pick’ garden near the first one along the edge of the car park area. It’s very accessible and easy to get to, and located in a nice sunny spot that will really help with quickly growing some of the more commonly asked for vegetables and herbs. This includes parsley, oregano, lettuce, rocket and various other fast turnover salad greens etc. The first bed seems to be coming along well despite only a few weeks of growth.
The contents nave been made up by layering chip and leaf waste at the base, then layers of grassy compost and extra clay heavy soil excavated when widening the creek banks. It should settle down into a nice textured soil mix.
We still need to do some more work on structurally reinforcing them for the long term and making them a little easier to work around. The old metal will last a while yet but is still a bit rough around the edges.
We have started to prepare seedlings such as nasturtium, calendula etc for the open day coming up in May. We have also been filling out the beds with more seasonal vegetables. e.g. today we started the pea and snow pea planting.
Despite their ferocious recent growth we are all a bit doubtful about the tomato and corn… it’s very hard to make that decision to just rip them out and start with the new seasons plantings when they all look so green and healthy. But knowing there is a chance of frost now after the easter period it really is unlikely they will do much. You can see some of them on the right hand side of the bed where we planted the peas under the trellis.
Anyway thanks again to all those who attended and helped out on Friday and Sunday despite it being a long holiday weekend. 🙂