Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Working Bee

Hi All

Cabbages and broad beans.
Finally some rain, the last couple of days has produced some good falls in the area, alas whats good for the garden is good for the weeds.
At the last committee meeting it was suggested we fix a date for working bees, that day will be the 3rd saturday of the month, it doesnt clash with the markets as they are on the 4th Saturday, so parking wont be an issue. We should also by the next one have access to the toilets sorted out as a new lock is being installed over coming weeks.

Any qs drop me a line via stephen.cooper(at)camden.nsw.gov.au

Happy Gardening

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Winter in the gardens

The view towards the old town farm buildings from Exeter Street, Camden.
Looking north across the main section of garden plots towards Kirkham.

Gardeners combatting the onset of winter.

 Oregano thriving with minimal care.
 Thyme surrounding the Marjoram.
New crop of Italian Parsley well on the way.

Friday, 20 May 2011

BRRRRR, Winter is here :(

Hi All

Frost bitten Basil :(
Well winter struck with a blow last week, as mentioned in a previous post it was suggested we pick basil ASAP, we are sadly too late, carnage has descended on the pesto ingredients. Thai Basil and regular Basil have both blackened, if anything it will be worth collecting seeds and storing them for next season.

On other fronts, you learn from your mistakes, and i certainly have, the gardens have had crops in now for 3 seasons, the one missing has been winter.

Note to self and others, go down and see what everyone else is growing, the following crops are growing well, cauliflower, broccoli, asian greans like chinese cabbage, bok choy, choy sum, kailan, onions, leeks, potatoes, lettuces, spinach to name a few.

Crops that arent doing well, are beans, unless broad variety, beans need to have cropped before the first frost, have a look at the beans under the white nets on the left side, :( capsicums, tomatoes, eggplants and zucchinis have also suffered at the hands of the frost.

Thoughts on plantings in the communtiy sections, anything that is going to take up too much space in your own plots, the likes of pumpkins, melons, zucchinis, potentially tomatoes, potatoes, but be aware, these are designated community sections, if folk wish to harvest from these areas it would be preferred that work be contributed to those areas also.

Happy Gardening Folks and see you soon, Steve


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