Mulching on a Wednesday morning

Wednesday morning has come around again and it’s time to work as a volunteer in the community garden at Beelarong where I rent my allotment. There must have been about twenty of us there today, mostly regulars but we have a few new faces too which is great.

We cleared a huge area in the community garden which had previously held sweet potato. After renewing the soil with fresh compost from our compost bins we planted out lettuces and prepared a new bed ready for the garlic to go in next week.

My first job this morning was to harvest produce for the share table. I picked lettuce, aubergine, cherry tomatoes, basil and a vegetable which is foreign to me and try as I might I cannot remember it’s name – but I know it’s good in stir-fry!   To this I added snake beans from my own plot (yes, snake beans still going strong). Volunteers then shared this produce at the end of the morning.

My job after morning tea was to barrow a couple of bales of sugar cane mulch down to the community garden and spread it over the potato bed which was planted a couple of weeks ago, then I covered the beds which have been planted out today. This layer of mulch is to help deter the weeds.

I took these few pics this morning of the community garden, after the mulching has been done. The bed without mulch has been dug over and prepared for further planting next week.

Below is a pic of one corner of the community market garden with the lovely trees and grassed area in the background.

Pic below, mulched, a job well done!

I checked out my own allotment while I was at the farm. It’s looking ok. We’ve had enough rain so I didn’t need to water, and the seedlings are coming along after the liquid feed I gave them the other day. I try not to get too caught up in my own allotment on a Wednesday morning as the idea is to work on the community garden.

It was a beautiful morning. We are now in autumn in Brisbane and after the high temperatures of the summer it’s lovely to get into the garden without expiring in the heat.

I couldn’t resist this shot below – there is always another job waiting.

Happy gardening.

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