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Autumn notes 2021

When the garden was getting ready to open for the weekend of Sydney Edible Garden Trail on 20 and 21 March, extremely wet and dangerous weather conditions forced the community not-for-profit event to be cancelled and postponed at last minutes unfortunately. Now the event organisers have announced new dates to be the weekend of Saturday, 1 and Sunday, 2 May.

We will be one of many host community gardens along with school and private gardens across Sydney welcoming the event’s ticket holders to visit our garden. It’s a great way to promote and to inspire growing your own food in a sustainable way in our environment. Tickets can be purchased through the SEGT website in the above link and you would be able to visit as many participating gardens as you like. Profits will be funding participating and local school and community edible gardens.

Nevertheless, our garden was surprisingly resilient to the torrential downpour and wind in March. Of course, there were some noticeable damages like totally flattened pak choi, rocket and cress (as you can see in one of the photos) otherwise they would have been ready to be harvested that weekend. Small silverbeet seedlings also became particularly vulnerable during this time and were helplessly squashed by the mighty rain. However, on drier days we have been enjoying good crops of butter beans, dwarf beans, carrots, radishes and leafy green vegetables.

Fruit trees have been a bit trickier though. Our 4-year-old fig tree had been very promising with numerous fruits as we tried hard to protect them with netting and bags, but all except a few were mercilessly eaten by fruit bats or possums we suspect! Yet, the lime trees have been bearing so many large fruits that weighed branches down so low now, thanks to our volunteers weekly care, particularly Peter’s consistent spraying (with Nature’s Way Citrus and Ornamentals spray) to protect them from bronze orange stink bugs.

At this beautiful Easter weekend I wish you and your loved ones wonderful autumn holidays. Safe travels and happy gardening, everyone!

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