Getting out and about!
Crazy weather! Crazy spring growth! And crazy appointment book!
The slugs are loving this weather (although even they hid last week when it was a day of hail and thunder). This means that a lot of slug collecting has been required to protect our latest vegetable guild plantings. I have used lots of old citrus peel to disguise the smell of slug tasty plants like dill and celtice and it seems to be helping. The guild plantings are designed to position companion plants with each other while also maximising the use of microclimates and I have begun these now in preparation for the TPOW launch in March 2014.
Plants which are protected from the wind are gorgeously green and gushing with growth! Flowering fruit trees (including citrus) will benefit from a diluted dose of seasol and Epsom salts over the next few weeks. Think about germinating your corn and sunflower seeds soon and don’t forget to plant your tomato seedlings deep (up to their first set of leaves) so that they produce a big root system to get them through summer.
It seems lots of people are keen to talk about sustainable cooking and gardening (and who could blame them)! I have included some pictures from last weekend’s Warrnambool City Council supported Dirty Weekend at the Community Garden. It was a great day to explore the topic of Ugly vegetables. Thank you to all who attended and to those who helped to create our feast!