Back at the Patch

Yesterday was the monthly working bee and swap at the Happy Patch Community Garden. We took along some of the seedlings we grew from heirloom seeds plus a few aloe vera pups and came away with a variety of citrus, a couple of old Grass Roots magazines and some seeds to share at the Seed Freedom Food Festival.

009There was a wide variety of things to swap including fresh greens and herbs, sour dough starter, books, succulents and even a pair of slippers!

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We spent the morning weeding and tidying the garden along with other members of the community. Some industrious souls began digging what will become a sandpit for the kids.

003Jamie dug in our green manure crop and covered it with pea straw, in a month or so it will be ready for spring planting.



Meanwhile I planted some of our heirloom seedlings grown from Diggers seeds in the other patch – green macerata cauliflower, purple cauliflower, purple sprouting broccoli and broccoli waltham.



Ruby had fun playing with other member’s children, you can see her riding past our newly planted patch.


She investigated the new orchard which comprises 14 berry plants, a macadamia, a peach, a peacharine, 2 x apples, a cherry, a dwarf nectarine, an almond and a fig.



There are also three large pots growing a Kaffir lime, a Tahitian lime and a Meyer lemon. Along a path are Cape Gooseberries, a few were ready to eat.


While weeding an overgrown corner of the garden I found a number of self-seeded lettuce.

032Calendulas are also growing in unlikely places.


Most of the gardeners are now growing flowers in their patches to attract bees. Borage is a favourite for many.


The communal plots are filled with potatoes, spring onions and broad beans.


031And almost every plot seems to have a variety or two of broccoli.


The wood oven was fired up.



A delicious batch of scones was baked for morning tea. Unfortunately we could not stay for the shared pizza lunch.


We had a most enjoyable time working with and talking to members of the Happy Patch community. It was also really exciting to have something growing in our plots again, they have been empty for months.



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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2 Responses to Back at the Patch

  1. daphnegould says:

    That is such a pretty community garden. The one close to me is pretty messy, but I love to look and see what is growing there.

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