Rosella Jam Is Ripening To Go!

An update from the Hills Organic Community Garden

Our members are working hard getting the beds ready for planting and looking forward to sewing some seedlings.  This is the start of a busy time at the garden keeping the new plants well watered and free of weeds. However, the end result is a wonderful crop of fresh vegetables.

The Rosellas are just starting to fruit and bottles of Rosella jam are being shared amongst our members. Rosella jam is always in demand as you can’t usually purchase it at the supermarkets.

Our Napoli squash are still producing well and of course our chillies and sweet potatoes are serving us well.

At the moment the 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.

Let’s not forget the passionfruit that are well fruited and hopefully we will be able to enjoy them before the cockatoos discover them.

Some vegetables are best grown from seed to avoid transplant shock.  Examples of these are; carrots, peas, beans and radish that are best grown from seed but must be thinned out to allow enough space to grow and mature.

Snow peas, beetroot, silver beet, baby spinach and tomatoes will be on our list of plantings and we look forward to getting them into the ground and watching them grow and mature.

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 our beautiful garden.

Our members meet on a Sunday afternoon from 3pm to 5pm.  As well, they attend to the garden through the week to water and do general maintenance.  You will find us 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. Visit, search ‘The Hills Organic Garden’ on Facebook or phone 0407 582 980 for information.  

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