The SAGE Intern: Close to The Final Planting

From SAGE member Trevor Moore

I found Leanne in pensive mode when I called to see her this week. “I am going to be doing my final planting,” she said to me, “probably next week.” Her internship is coming to an end. She’ll be sad to leave but she knows the end of one chapter means there’s a new one on its way. She’s philosophical about moving on. “Another place will be different and I need to be prepared emotionally and financially.” There are few of us, I think, who take such a thoughtful attitude about change. For her, the advantage of the internship with SAGE is that, while she’s had help when she’s needed it, she’s been left alone to develop her own system. But at the end of the day it’s hard work that develops healthy soil and help plants grow.

The Final Planting will not, perhaps, be as ominous as it sounds. There’ll be beetroot, kale, silver beet and lettuce (cos and iceberg). We walked around the garden. Last time

she was worried about the cabbage moths getting to the cauliflowers. She had been worrying about these same cauliflowers again with the recent heat, but they looked alright to me. I’m just waiting for them to be ready. The cabbage moth, she told me, will cease to be a problem at the autumn equinox (that’s at 0315 on Wednesday 21 March in case you didn’t know).

Expect to be buying Leanne’s leeks soon

Her corn (pictured above) is looking pretty good and should be ready in a couple of weeks. I’m hoping to be around when they’re ready so I can eat one straight from the plant; if you can get them before the sugars start turning to starch then you are in for a serious treat. She had a good yield from her eggplants, about 40 kilos. That is a serious quantity of eggplants. I ate some: they were good. Her leeks are coming along. They grow in rows three plants abreast. The middle plants are harvested as baby leeks leaving the outer rows to grow into bigger plants. She’s looking for long, thick leeks with a good white base. She’s been getting great feedback from the folks who buy her vegetables. “That’s really cool,” she says, “when you’ve grown something and you get feedback about ow good it is.”

She’ll be showcasing her produce at an event at the end of next month. It’ll be at the garden so watch out for information on that. She’s thinking a bit about that. She says “sometimes nature and people don’t go together: people want stuff on one day but nature will do its own thing and produce it on another day.” I am sure it will all be OK for two reasons: one, she works hard and, two, she’s always so positive.

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