Garden care

Pruning

Pruning keeps the growth of our plants controlled and healthy. It allows for a balanced plant, removes diseased and dead plant material, encourages new growth, allows for air flow and helps to avoid mildew. Use clean, sharp secateurs and use tool disinfectant between different plants Cut branches vertically, so rainwater runs off the cut Cut …

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Harvesting

At the May Garden talk, we discussed the best ways to pick our various types of veggies, and how it effects the health and productivity of the plant. Keep our harvest policy in mind: Only harvest as much as you need for one personal meal! Consistent harvesting of herbs and veggies keeps plants producing, bad …

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Guide to replenishing a bed

About twice per year, before planting the Spring/Summer and the Autumn/Winter crops, a bed needs to be replenished with organic matter. 1. Harvest and clear the bed, remove the irrigation 2. Check and adjust pH (the acidity of the soil)Use the pH kit in the shed to assess the soil acidity, test 2 areas (separately) …

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Native Foods

On our last general meeting we looked into options to make our garden more drought tolerant. Planting more native species was one of the suggestions. At this stage our garden offers Warrigal Greens and Finger Lime. We asked our members for suggestions and included native plants in the last planning survey. A quarter of our …

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Urban Agriculture Research

Robert McDougall’s Urban Agriculture Research – Plain English Summary Chapter 1 – How productive are urban gardens? 23/7/2018 This document summarises work undertaken by Robert McDougall, PhD student from the University of New England, on urban agriculture in Sydney and the Illawarra. It is intended to be a plain English summary of the first chapter …

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