There is so much to be cross about presently. Things are slipping: not only is the weather turning cold, but also our collective hearts. The shame of it all. Friends, it’s time to act and not take this nonsense any longer.
It’s time to start your own war, the gardening way.
This is what you need to do:
Purchase flower seeds.
Make a mix of soil, compost (super important to keep those little seeds warm and toasty as they grow. I used worm crap, but mushroom compost works too) and mix with flower seeds. One packet is enough for 10 balls.
Create balls of mischief; think like rum balls but not for late night snacks.
Once dark, don a balaclava (optional, but the kids love it) and a rain coat. Grab a bag full of your balls and muster a defiant attitude.
As you walk casually along the street, throw those balls into the cracks of streets, on to traffic islands and into discarded yards. It will feel fantastic.
Know that as spring breaks out so will your flowers. This time of the year is the perfect time to rein your neighbourhood with seeds. Believe me, random flowers help everyone.
Head home once task is completed and feel pleased.
Want to do more to even the score?
My top tip for thinking globally and acting local: Share your produce.
Second Bite is an excellent organisation that will take your excess silverbeet, radishes and quinces and distribute to those that are living on the street. Alternatively contact your council to get news of the local food drop place.
Or here: http://www.asrc.org.au/
The Asylum Seekers Resource Centre has an excellent super market set up for those living in some sort of limbo land hell. They always need fresh food.
Can’t get there?
Here’s another alternative:
Simply make a sign: ‘Free’ and place a bag of lemons or excess herbs out on the street for neighbours.
Utopian as these thoughts are, imagine if we all did this?
Our society would be nothing more than a mass of good will and flowers. (Ha!) And we would all be winners.
(c) Chris Gordon. Please visit Open Source Outside www.opensourceoutside.com.au
Oh the unpredictable
FROM GARDEN TO PLATE
There's a revolution taking place around the country and it’s happening in our own backyards. Trampolines are being replaced with raised veggie patches and greenhouses are taking the place of cubby houses, all in the name of fresh, organic fruit and veggies.
Whether you are a seasoned or novice gardener, growing your own veggie patch this winter is an easy way to round out meals with some fresh produce and add healthy nutrients to boost your immune system. What’s more, gardening can be enjoyed as a therapeutic hobby on your own or as a fun activity for the whole family.
To start your winter garden, think comfort food. Cabbage, carrots, celery, cauliflower, garlic, leeks and onions grow well in the colder months are all perfect additions to your hearty soups, stews and casseroles.
To complement these winter warmers, add herbs. Add parsley, along with rosemary, oregano, and thyme - all great garden performers in the colder winter months and perfect garnishes to any meal.
If winter salads are more your taste, try planting Asian greens, rocket, lettuce, spinach, mint and shallots - a great addition to the winter garden – and to a steaming Vietnamese pho!
Nothing beats the satisfaction of growing your own produce. It’s a great way to cut the veggie bills and can be a fun winter pastime, with these simple tips from Bunnings National Garden Care Buyer, David Hardie:
Make a cosy bed raised veggie patches keep soil warmer and allow rain water to drain easily, making them perfect for winter. Portable greenhouses are also a great option with controlled climates that will also keep vegetables warm and sheltered from the elements.
Give them space Many winter veggies, including cabbage and cauliflower, need space to grow. Ensure your patch is big enough to plant larger vegetables about fifty centimetres apart.
Remove weeds and any dead plants that have sprouted during autumn to prevent the build-up of disease and insects. Remember not to throw dead plant matter away as it is can be a valuable addition to your compost.
Rejuvenate soil Mix soil with fertiliser and compost to promote healthy plant growth. Use a garden fork to make sure nutrients are thoroughly mixed throughout the soil.
Mulch protects soil from the elements and breaks down to fertilise your plants. About 3-5cm is a good amount for most mulches, and make sure to pull it away from the trunks of plants and small seedlings to keep them dry.
Time your watering There's no longer a need to water as much as in summer. If you're using an automated tap timer, consider turning the tap off after rain, and turning it back on in dry spells.
For those looking for the ultimate garden-to-plate experience, why not add a chicken coop to your backyard and accompany home grown veggies with delicious fresh eggs. Kids will also love collecting eggs and taking care of the chickens!
Bunnings Warehouse Mornington,
1100 Nepean Highway (Cnr Bungower Road),
Tel: 5973 9000
Bunnings Warehouse Rosebud, 282 Boneo Road, Tel: 5982 9300
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