Gardening 101

Gardening 101

 

Fresh, seasonal, grown with love.

 

As we step into spring and the days grow longer and warmer, you can’t help but want to spend more time outdoors, taking in the fresh air and enjoying watching the city come to life with spring flowers and young leaves. It’s also the perfect time to shake off old habits and aside from the annual “spring clean” of the house or closet, and dusting off the running shoes – why not consider picking up a new (but old) skill? Insert green-thumb pun here >> it’s time to get gardening!

 

The Morrison has recently made friends with the good people at Wynlen House Urban Micro Farm, a collection of spirited individuals with a passion for growing things, raising things and sharing their passion and knowledge with the community in Braidwood NSW.

Helen and Bronwyn are the driving force behind Wynlen and regularly host gardening talks and workshops, to educate and encourage the public to pick up the trowel and turn the smallest urban space into a humble green paradise! They’ve kindly indulged us with a couple of tips for budding gardeners:

 

“Market gardeners like us don’t have many secrets, mainly because we like to share too much! We do this because growing your own vegetables, and (eggs and table poultry too) can a relaxing, fun and rewarding activity.  Best of all you can make a start and grow something delicious in a space as small as a balcony or as big as a backyard on a ¼ acre block. It  really depends on you. 

 

If you’re new to gardening, it’s a good idea to decide what kind of gardener you want to be. The most important statement we make about growing produce is that we practice chemical free or clean growing – we say no to chemical herbicides or pesticides and yes to natural amendments such as straw, compost, inoculants and elements that create healthy, biologically active soil.  Once you work that out you can start to develop your garden practice. This is the practical bit. This is learning about your climate, the veggies you can grow in it and what those veggies need to flourish. Of course you need to grow what you like to eat. There is nothing better than eating produce you have nurtured. Nothing will taste better than that.

Climate and soil are big deciders of what to grow and when. In Sydney you can pretty well grow everything but don’t plant coriander or rocket in summer. They will just go to seed very quickly. Try planting them at the end of winter and early autumn or late spring. In Brisbane you can just about grow everything but you have to watch the humidity (and the constant heat) as some plants just don’t like it –  garlic for example. In a moist warm climate there will be more bugs and diseases to contend with  so preventative measures are very important. Companion planting,  and growing plants that encourage “good” bugs such as lady beetles are good examples. We often plant a mix of flowering plants including marigolds in random places in the market garden to attract the helpful insects. I’m not sure it always works but it does make your garden prettier.

 

So, start thinking and planning for your own garden, take the time to attend a workshop (Wynlen House runs regular classes) or read a book. A wonderful world of fresh, delicious, healthy, nutritionally superior, made by you, produce awaits!”

 

Meet Helen and Bronwyn at our South Coast Oyster Experience, The Morrison is sending one winner and a friend on an overnight foodie trip to Bateman’s Bay >> CLICK HERE to enter!

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