On Sunday 11 members worked hard to remove the giant sunflowers and save seeds from plants with giant flower heads and plants with multiple flower heads. Michael proposed, and the group agreed, that we try and recycle our “green waste” within the garden. To do this we will stack of sunflower stems in fences in the Kitchen Garden till they dry out and can be used as a carbon source in compost replacing brought in straw.
We picked some good corn, abundant lemon drop and green zebra tomatoes, more basil, some okra, chillies, chicory (red dandelion), French tarragon (photo). Unfortunately the silverbeet in the Secret Garden had been over-picked during the week and will not survive. The cucumbers are finished and we removed them.
We are pleased to be able to help researchers at the University of Sydney with their pollination ecology experiment in our garden (photo). Please keep a watchful eye on it and if you notice any damage let Caitlyn know on 0406 596 230. As she says “Please leave me bee!”
At our meeting we agreed to use bed 4 as a trial plot for growing vegetables without inputs, like fertilizers, from external sources. This was proposed by Barbara and agreed to in principle at a previous meeting. Barbara will write an information sign to put on the bed explaining its objective. This will be an important research experiment for the garden.
During the week the tree stump in the Secret Garden was removed. The group felt that a replacement tree should be planted in the space created. A lilly pilly was the preferred suggestion but other suggestions are welcome and will be discussed next Sunday before approaching Council. Wayne, our neighbour, has constructed a solid fence on his boundary and our bee motel has to be repositioned.
We have filled in the forms for the Council’s Senior’s Week Expo “Healthy Living, Healthy Mind” that they are holding in St Helen’s on Wednesday 20th February at 10am. We have agreed to participate and have some members present on that day to explain the garden.
Workshop: The City of Sydney is holding a “Protecting Pollinators” workshop at St Helen’s community centre Saturday, 16th February, 9:30-1:30 (booking required $10/$7.50). It will be given by Sydney University PhD researcher Amelie Vanderstock and will include recognising native pollinators and providing a habitat for them.