The weather is gradually starting to cool down, which is very exciting as the HOG Community can now set to work preparing the gardens for their Autumn/Winter plantings. These plantings will result in their terrific Winter/Spring crops.
As preparation, the beds usually need topping up with more soil to which fertilizer and compost is added. The beds are then left to rest for a couple of weeks to allow all the nutrients to mix into the soil.
It is best to start planting before the weather gets too cold, so that the soil is still a little warm to encourage the establishment of root growth.
In the herb garden, members will start planting fennel, oregano, thyme, rosemary, as well as parsley, marjoram and coriander.
The vegetable planting will consist of broccoli, spinach, radish, snow peas, silver beet, cauliflower, cabbages, zucchinis, eggplant and tomatoes. As it is not recommended to plant the same crop in the same bed as the previous season, the HOG always ensures that crop rotation is carried out. Vegetable seedlings/seeds are usually planted about the beginning of April before the weather gets too cold.
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.