Just another quick note to garden members to say that the china flat peaches are ready – and luscious – eating. A white fleshed variety with small stone. If you thought the anzac variety were good, these are a whole other taste sensation! Please take care (and replace the bird netting) when picking the fruit – use scissors or secateurs if possible, as the point where fruit and tree meet is quite fragile and you could damage both. Another reason why this variety isn’t found in commercial fruit shops. Aren’t we lucky?!
Also please pick the zukes in the communal bed (also the flowers if you are timely and gentle – lovely stuffed with rice or pesto or goats cheese, or…) And the corn…. And the purple orach in the salad greens plot (the purple straggly looking plants which taste sweet and salty and succulaent at the same time – raw or you can steam them… I made a lovely pesto tonight with basil from the produce exchange, sunflower seeds, garlic from the garden, oil, parmesan cheese (and a little jarlsburg) and served it on steamed corn cobs and hunks of zuke, with a side of green and purple leaves.
Enjoy the fruits of other community gardens as well. There are a couple of events coming up – The Ringwood Community Garden have their Open Day on February 23rd and the flyer is attached here: Open Day Flyer
The Hub in Castlemaine (click for the web link) will be holding a workshop on April 13 – more news to follow but worms, compost, moon planting and wicking beds are on the agenda. Meanwhile the fruit harvest is in full swing for Growing Abundance and you can find out more at their harvest group webpage.
Don’t forget to keep up the water over the hot weather. No rain in sight and ripening plants are thirsty. Our water roster (see inside the igloo) is working pretty well. Please ensure you mark it if you do water areas of the garden, and also ensure hoses or sprinklers are not left running unattended. Trigger nozzles are great water saving devices in theory, but if one forgets to turn the tap off, pressure builds up, the trigger blows off and you have damage and flooding, not to mention the excess workload on pumps (and water bills). We have had a few cases in the last month. Please disconnect hoses at the tap end (and trigger end) before you leave. Also saves a faceful of water for the next unsuspecting user! For more water hints – see this previous post, and the crop notes pages might also be helpful.