Did I say a dearth of rain?

Dear hearty gardeners,

Further to my last post and the aforementioned “dearth of rain”, well, I’ve got to say this month the word at the top of my mind has been “deluge”. And doesn’t that make us gardeners SO HAPPY!

This month’s series of quite magnificent thunderstorms has made the beds explode with life and so our job for today’s working bee was to trim, prune and clear space for some of the smaller plants to have their place in the sun.

But first, we installed our brand, spanking new sign courtesy of our fabulous friend at Council, Colleen, the Civic Pride Coordinator. Thanks Colleen!

Where shall we put it?

Where shall we put it?

One screw in, but we need more power...

One screw in, but we need more power…

Power tools and Sunday mornings are a match made in heaven.

Power tools and Sunday mornings are a match made in heaven.

With the new sign shouting, with great gusto, our garden’s philosophy to the world, it was time to get to work.

Today was also a day of composting and I’m pleased to report that both compost bins were full to bursting, so Sarah (who can’t help herself when compost and worms are involved) got in there digging one of them out, filling up the wheelbarrow and topping up the beds.

It also looks like the dry matter bin is working well. For those of you that don’t know, it’s important to spread a layer of dry material  over your veggie scraps when you drop your compost off. The dry matter bin has a fresh load of straw, courtesy of the wonderful Fiona from Randwick Council, so please use this liberally whenever you use the compost bins.

For today’s harvest, there were super spicy purple chilies, a cabbage, lots of little beets, Thai basil (which Salla and Angie are planning to make pesto with), sage galore…but despite the amazing strawberry plants, only green strawberries! One day I’ll be there just in time for a ripe one 🙂

Big thanks to Annie (and her outlaws), Celia, Angie, Sarah, Salla, Sasha, Charlie, Heidi and Olive and see you next time = 10am on Sunday 15 December!

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Spreading that chocolaty rich, compost. Yum!

Spreading that chocolaty rich, compost. Yum!

According to Salla, these chilies are super spicy, so take care!

According to Salla, these chilies are super spicy, so take care!

Amazing that there are always green strawberries and never red ones!

Amazing that there are always green strawberries and never red ones!

Packing up to go.

Packing up to go.

Great work today girls!

Great work today girls!

We finish up with a nice picnic and cuppa - lovely

We finish up with a nice picnic and cuppa – lovely

Give a little, take a little - a wonderful philosophy!

Give a little, take a little – a wonderful philosophy!

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About Penny Jones

Penny Jones is a Sydney-based freelance writer and photographer specialising in inspirational writing for leisure and 'plain English' writing for business. She has a particular interest in adventure, conservation, the power of the community and self development as well as a healthy passion for highlighting the extraordinary efforts of ordinary people.
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