What to plant in March?

As the weather finally cools down a little bit and with the beginning of March we enter into Autumn, its a great time to revamp a garden or garden bed that may have got a bit fried over Summer! We can start to plant out a number of crops at this time of year, as well as get some seedlings going on a window-sill or some of the more delicate plants such as lettuces growing under some shade.

Lettuces shaded by some hessian sacks, necessary under a hot summer's sun. And a tromboncino on the side!

Lettuces shaded by some hessian sacks, necessary under a hot summer's sun. And a tromboncino on the side!

Into The Lost Plot, we'll soon be planting beetroot, carrots, leafy greens (kale, lettuce, silverbeet, spinach), peas, broccoli, cauliflower, onions and garlic. And perhaps some other roots like parsnips and turnips.

It's definitely a time of abundance in the garden. We still have crops of sweet potatoes and pumpkins, a variety of melons, okra, Jerusalem artichokes, peanuts and abundant basil and chives, to name a few! If you haven't been to a working bee for a while, or even just a stroll through the garden, its a great time to do so.

A note on the pumpkins and melons... Even though they might look like they are ready to go, we don't harvest them until their stems dry out and start to die off. Picked too soon, they'll be a bit green inside and nowhere near as sweet as they could be. The peanuts also still need another month or two. We must be patient!

One of our peanut crops. We've had some bumper peanut crops in previous years, and we're hoping this year's crop will be no exception. They are delicious when freshly harvested and roasted!The painted peanut-rock is an example of another working bee activity. If you don't fancy getting your hands in the dirt or pulling weeds, how about finding a spot in the shade and setting up with some rocks and paints? All welcome at our working bees, 8-11am Thursdays and Saturdays.

One of our peanut crops. We've had some bumper peanut crops in previous years, and we're hoping this year's crop will be no exception. They are delicious when freshly harvested and roasted!The painted peanut-rock is an example of another working bee activity. If you don't fancy getting your hands in the dirt or pulling weeds, how about finding a spot in the shade and setting up with some rocks and paints? All welcome at our working bees, 8-11am Thursdays and Saturdays.

Working bee times are still Thursday and Saturday mornings from 8am-11am. There will be lots of soil-preparation and planting happening over the next month, so we'd love your help!! There will be jobs suitable for all ages and abilities in the garden.

For a more complete list of what can be planted at this time of year, you could also have a look at the link below.

http://gardenate.com/?zone=3

Happy Gardening!!

Sustainability Made Easy

This year, the hard working committee of The Lost Plot were rewarded with a grant from the NSW Environment Trust, which will in turn reward the community with a series of workshops over the next 18 months. The theme of the workshops is 'Sustainability Made Easy'. See our events page for more details of upcoming events.

The Launch on Saturday the 2nd of April was a huge success! Uncle Bill and Mayor Peter Besseling were present to help our Project manager Denis Juelicher officially introduce the upcoming series of workshops.

Green Dean backed up last year's fabulous Chicken-keeping workshop with an inspiring and educational 'Building a Productive Food Garden' workshop. It was entertaining, engaging, and I am sure all attendees left feeling ready to cultivate the healthiest soil they possibly could. With plenty of mulch!!

 

Dean is an urban farmer and permaculturist based in Brisbane. He grew up in the Port Macquarie region, and is committed to donating his time and knowledge to inspire more urban farming in his home town. We are extremely grateful for Dean's generosity.