Autumn is many people’s favourite time of year around here and the weather was showcase standard for this month’s working bee.
There was another great turnout for the first working bee of the year, and it was terrific to see so many children and young adults in the garden. We also had a visit from a Sunday School class who want to take up an allotment.
After the November and December rains, the growth has been phenomenal. As always, the weeds are doing well, but the vegies are thriving. Being our last working bee for the year, and the first after the monumental effort of the Open Day, we did a fairly modest morning’s work.
The first 4 rows of the commercial beds were ready for replanting. The first 2 beds of broad beans have produced huge crops. They would be a great mainstay as a storable protein, although the pods we had left on for next year’s seeds had become mouldy due to the high humidity.
We seem to have a knack of turning on great weather for our days in the garden. Saturday was freezing (8 degrees) raining and windy. Sunday was balmy and mild, the perfect day for a good spring clean.
There were no huge projects on the schedule for today, just consolidation and getting ready for the big Field Day on November 21.
Another gloriously sunny winter day greeted our eager bunch of SAGErs for our June working bee.
A great amount of work was completed after a comprehensive demonstration by Fraser of the new cultivation tools recently purchased from Gundaroo Tiller. You can read a report of that demonstration here.
After the big rains we have very big weeds. One of the main on site weeds is a Solanaceae known as “apple of Peru” which must really like these conditions — some were over 2 metres high. It is reputed to repel white fly, so we should have banished all white fly from a large area!