You can still make yourself a good salad from the garden. There are snow peas on the climbing frame Brian built ready to pick, lots of lettuce leaves and rocket and some Japanese mustard to spice it up. We also have small tomatoes ripening, some ready to pick now, that will give your salad some colour and flavour and there’s still plenty of Asian Greens and Kale to stir fry. There are also peas beginning to flower and should produce in a few weeks. I’ve planted more spinach because it’s so popular but you might have to wait a week or two to give it chance to flourish, although there’s a leaf or two ready for picking now. Don’t forget to just take the outer leaves and pick low, trying not to take too much from the one plant.
Meanwhile, a few of us have been clearing the bitou and plumbago on the embankment and planting it out as we go with native trees and shrubs and grasses. We’ve had a donation of some beautiful rocks to place there and would love some more if anyone has some spare.
Look out for the bulbs beginning to shoot. They are a lovely surprise. This morning I saw a daffodil bud beginning to open, next to the peas that the children planted up on the embankment.
The compost Lachlan and Chris made at our open day looks like is just about cooked. It really did get hot inside! If you can spare some time the first Sunday of July, from 2-4pm – come on down and help us spread it around the garden.
A note from Lachlan (Tree Frog Permaculture) describing the science behind the planned stabilisation of the embankment and our new garden additions:
Currently the upper slope of the Sandhills hill is occupied with a dense thicket of Bitou Bush and Plumbago which is holding the embankment together, preventing erosion, but is otherwise un-useable in its current state. These are being cut back in incremental stages allowing the planting of natives such as Bottlebrushes and Grevilleas which are ideal for attracting birds and other insect life to enhance the garden ecosystem. Natives such as this are also useful in preventing erosion as their fibrous root systems knit the soil together thus stabilising the embankment. As the Bitou and Plumbago are cut back, the green ‘waste’ is being squashed into the embankment along its contours in order to maintain the bank integrity and soil moisture levels while the replacement plants take root.
New plant additions:
–Acacia irrorata (Green Wattle)
–Castanospermum australe (Black Bean)
–Alectyron subcinerius (Wild Quince)
–Grevillea speciosa (Spider Grevillea)
–Callistemon spp. (cultivar x 2)
-Zebra Grass (Miscanthus sinensis-zebrina cultivar)
–Dianella caerulea (Native blueberry)