Swapping Saturday!

Every third Saturday at 9 am the Happy Patch Community Garden has a swap. Interested people are encouraged to swap their excess fruit and vegetables or anything else garden related; ideas include seeds, preserves, eggs, cuttings, seedlings, pots, jars, gardening magazines etc.  Goods are set out on the table and people are encouraged to take an equal amount of goods.

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This Saturday we took along bunches of parsley and rocket, habanero chillies, perpetual spinach seeds and an aloe vera plant. In return we received a bag of limes, some lemons, eggplants, capsicums and tiny apples just the right size for Miss Ruby!

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Ruby loves going to the Patch, especially on Produce Swap day as she gets to play with other kids and the morning tea biscuits that are always provided.

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Everyone usually spends some time tidying up the Patch on swap day. Jamie busied himself turning over the last of the green manure. We discovered that last years violas had self seeded in the patch and so he dug up a big spadeful for me to take home and replant.

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Sadly, the oncoming rain meant we forgot all about them. I am guessing they are now in the compost heap!

Meanwhile, Ruby and I went on our usual green caterpillar hunt. This time we didn’t squish them, but instead sent them home with a fellow gardener as a treat for their chooks. I was pleased to find lots of parasitic wasp larvae feeding on a green caterpillar. Further evidence that our organic, no-spray approach is actually working, if slowly.

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Unfortunately, the photo is not the best. This one, taken by Beck from the Happy Patch, shows a caterpillar before it was completely consumed by the larvae.

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About A Kailyard in Adelaide

A Kailyard in Adelaide! We are working hard to be domestically sustainable in the foothills of Adelaide. As we both work fulltime this is not an easy task, but we do our best growing much of our own produce in our yard and in our community garden plots. We reduce, recycle and reuse as much as possible and try hard to not consume mindlessly. We have 5000 l of rainwater, a 5 kw solar system, and use a green energy provider for all our excess needs. Rachel: Mother, partner, teacher, writer, reader, crafter, cook, gardener, artist. Jamie: Father, partner, lecturer, therapist, would-be-politician, gardener, photographer, music lover.
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5 Responses to Swapping Saturday!

  1. alifemoment says:

    Really nice post!!! 🙂

  2. This is a brilliant idea. I would love to do this in my community. I’m going to pass this on to a few people I know who might be interested. Thanks for the post.

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