In the spirit of giving at this time of year, the idea this month is to celebrate the friendships we've made and share or swap something from our gardens with each other. We'll also chat about surviving summer in the sub-tropics. What can we grow easily despite the heat, wet, storms, hail and greedy grasshoppers? Have a think about your summer garden and share your experiences - this is sure to prove enlightening, entertaining and helpful!
Come along for a fun social morning and bring something to share – here are some ideas:
- a bunch of herbs or surplus produce
- a friend or neighbour!
- a tip, technique or design idea
- a plant or recipe
- what you've learned from a growing experience you've had this year
- a book, website, course, business or resource you’ve found helpful (jot it down on a piece of paper)
- some seeds or a few cuttings that are growing well in your garden (there must be a herb or plant that needs a haircut right?!)
- photos of your garden to inspire us
- your garden journal, Permaculture design or site map for your property
- a bulb or seedling
- a quick demo or plant profile on something you love growing
- a local supplier where you source your garden needs
- something that has inspired you (e.g. you may have joined a community garden or been involved in a project that helped you learn)
- Or think up something else you'd like to share!
If you’re new, just come and tell us about your garden – we enjoy listening to what others are doing or plan to do. It’s a great way for everyone to learn, grow their garden for free, meet your neighbours or network and connect with like-minded members in the community – we’ve formed some wonderful friendships this way. If the weather is kind and not wet or humid, we’ll process more seeds to share/swap.
If you want to maximise your harvests, consider planting by the moon cycles. I'll have some Moon Calendars available for $12.50. They also make a wonderful garden gift for Christmas. Or you can pick one up online anytime.
As usual, at our meeting we'll be discussing what to grow in your garden right now - the challenges and successes plus sharing seeds from our seed bank.
What to Plant in December
While we all have different microclimates in our gardens, there are always some general guidelines on what we can plant during this time of year. Basil, climbing and dwarf beans, beetroot, capsicum, chives, chillis, cucumber, ginger, lettuce, mustard greens, pumpkin, radish, melons, silverbeet, zucchini, tomato and corn are just some of the edibles good to plant now.
Check out these guides for other ideas/tips:
This month's Seed Savers Meeting
So as a courtesy please remember to at the very least order a tea/coffee or a yummy breakfast, to support the cafe. They have a delicious local and organic menu. Visit their website for more info @ http://www.sweetheartscafe.com.au/aboutus.html.
Venue: 2 Anzac Street (cnr Rosebed Street), Eudlo.
FREE to attend so bring a friend and carpool! Hope to see you soon.
By Anne Gibson