SUMMER 2012/13

It’s been long and it’s been dry, with no rain to speak of in our part of the world.

We staggered our planting in hope of  avoiding  excessive produce during  the long holiday period. The first lot of tomatoes, beans, zucchinis, cucumbers, peppers,  chilies, various gourds and pumpkins went in mid November and another lot of the same minus the pumpkins , in late December.  Well, it kind of worked, but not by our design.  The temperatures have been so unusual this summer,  we didn’t have much produce  in January at all;  and all plants, earlier and later, became productive  all at the same time.  We ended up with   a glut in February, and now, by mid March it is all just about over – a  very short season for the amount of work involved.  I  must admit, the longer I garden, the more I appreciate the immensity of the job  commercial vegetable growers perform in order to feed the  nations.

To conserve water  over the long summer we mulched heavily  and watered plants with a hand held hose. I think it is the most economic way     as it allows  to deliver a  direct stream of water exactly where its needed, i.e. at the base of each plant;  as opposed to spraying large areas of the ground only to loose most of it to evaporation.   It also gives me time  to  inspect the garden more closely for  bugs, health issues,weeds  etc. and just  to soak up  the wonder of it all.

the following photo gallery  shows some of edible plants and companions we grew this Summer

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My name is Helena Foster, I'm the slightly nervous author of the School Harvest blog site, nervous because I'm learning the fine art of blogging pretty much as I go. I'm driven by the fact that what we do is so exciting and so important, it needs to be shared. Formerly a garden specialist at WWPS Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden, I now conduct an intensive community garden program at Wodonga Middle Years College. I work with student volunteers 11 to 15 years old in order to teach them organic gardening skills which will hopefully enable them to make better lifestyle choices for themselves and their community in the future. I am thrilled to be part of the movement where schools take on the task of educating young generations about this most basic of prerequisites towards sustainable, food secure future.

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