Winter workings in the garden

We had a very productive working bee in the garden yesterday afternoon.  Our gardening community tidied up the garden underneath blue sunny skies that defied the weather forecast for hail.  It was great to meet new members, John and Ridhi.

Although the garden plots are having a period of slow growth that comes with the cold winter weather, there is still much to be done in the garden in preparation for spring.

Paul and Geoff put their carpentry skills to work putting a roof on our new shelter.

Kerry, Ann and John moved the mulch and spread some on the paths that meander through the kids hideout of shrubs at the rear of the garden.


And Sha, Leanne, Ridhi and I tended the food forest, pulling out the onion weed and trimming the garden border to keep the couch grass at bay.

The kids meanwhile had a lovely time playing amongst the trees, in the mulch pile and around the garden beds.


Our plots are still growing beautiful produce including broad beans, broccolini, mizuna, beetroot, lettuce and kale.

With only 46 days to go to the official start of spring the coming weeks will see an explosion of growth in the garden – we can’t wait!

Don’t forget Robert Stringer from Transition Banyule will be giving a fruit tree pruning workshop in the garden on July 21.  Details can be found here.


About Kate Scarff

Freelance journalist with more than ten years experience in the pharmaceutical industry and a PhD in the field of immunology
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3 Responses to Winter workings in the garden

  1. shanegenziuk says:

    Looks like you are going to get a good start with that compost – looking very healthy. I’m doing the same at my place now, with several compost bins and worm farms fully loaded and ready to help out in time for Spring. I’m into using coffee grounds big time do no shortage of raw material.

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