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.
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.
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.
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.
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.