Wow, what a wonderful lot of rain we have had recently.
It‘s so great for the garden and the preparation of our beds for planting. The other great benefit is that we are able to conserve town water by not having to water so frequently.
Our jobs over the next few weeks will be preparing the beds for planting by adding additional soil, compost and fertilizer. It is best to start planting before the weather gets too cold. This way, the soil is still warm enough to encourage the establishment of good root growth.
At the moment our herb garden has flowering basil which is attracting the bees, society garlic (which has beautiful lavender flowers which are edible), thyme, tarragon, mother of herbs and garlic chives.
Some vegetables are best grown from seed to avoid transplant shock. Carrots, peas, beans and radish are best grown from seed but must be thinned out to allow enough space to grow and mature. Snow peas, beetroot, silver beet, cauliflower, cabbages, broccoli, spinach and tomatoes will be on out list of plantings and we look forward to getting them into the ground and watching them grow and mature.
The members of HOG are very proud of their Community Garden and strive to keep it looking tidy and an inviting place to come and work, as well as to welcome visitors.
The HOG community is a friendly group who offer people in the Hills District the opportunity to grow vegetables using organic principles. Age is no barrier, so feel free to come along one Sunday afternoon to have a chat and a look around their beautiful garden.
Members meet on a Sunday afternoon from 3pm to 5pm. Some members also attend the garden through the week to water and do general maintenance.
The garden can be found at 416 Bunya Road, Bunya next to the Off Leash Dog Park. Membership fees per year are $15 for adults, $25 for family and $5 for juniors.