Winter Clean Up

 

Winter is the ideal time to tidy up the garden.  So, next time you attend your patch you can remove dead, diseased and damaged growth, pull out tired annuals, cut back perennials, remove any nibbled-on leaves and rip out any cold-sensitive crops, such as tomatoes.  Tidying up like this can remove sources of weeds, and removes potential habitat for fungal spores like mildews, sooty mould and rusts.

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So, the tips for winter maintenance:

  • Leave the soil fallow for a few weeks
  • Grow mustard and dig it into the soil to act as a bio-fumigant
  • Clean your secateurs with methylated spirits between each plant when pruning to stop diseases being transferred from one plant to another.
  • Pick up any fallen fruit
  • Crown-lift trees by removing lower branches to increase air circulation
  • Place any clippings that might be infected into a black plastic bag and leave in the sun for a few months to ‘cook’ or solarise before adding them to your compost
  • Have a hot compost that gets up to 60 degrees so that seed and pathogens are killed
  • Put only disease-free clippings into cold compost

Community Garden Watering Guidelines

Use of water in the garden is in accordance with principles of sustainability.

  1. Plots are not to be watered every day
  2. All plots must use a mulch.
  3. Hose cannot be used between 10.00am and 4.00pm.
  4. Filling of water containers can be done any time.
  5. All taps must be turned off when watering is finished.
  6. Report any leaks/problems to Club Committee.

Snake warning reminder

Just a little reminder to be vigilant. A red belly black snake was seen hiding between the leaves of the strawberry patch by Matt on October 11 and in the shed by Denise on December 6. Please follow Mark’s instructions to stay safe:

  • Please  be alert to  any possible snake activity.
  • All members are to be careful when picking up anything where a snake might be lying underneath it.
  • Don’t pick up anything , like a stick, or step on a stick, without first having a look at it.
  • Make some noise when approaching  possible snake sleeping areas,  especially the compost bins.
  • When entering the shed ,  bang on the door before opening it.  Noise will scare the snake away.

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