Garlic e-scape

Good and unexpected news; the Australian Purple Garlic seems very keep to produce “shapes” which is very timely given that our supplies from last year have finally runout. These little guys are a bit of a delicacy for some folks. We shall be seeing how much of our garlic addiction can be satisfied by these little guys.

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Late September Planning

Life happens. Balls are dropped. By our standards we have had a very interrupted winter in the garden. But thats over. Spring is here. Lets get things sorted.


We are out of space and we need to clear some crops that have been allowed to go to seed; Daikon Radish, Rats Tail Radish, Chrysanthenum, Rocket, Mustard Leaf,

Cut down all green mulch and dig it in over the next few weeks. Plan to put zucchinis and pumpkins in 30-36 A/B. They didn’t do well around the dam last year BUT until we have a watering system there it probably won’t work.

Build Tomato support structures. At inter-irrigation lines 30 and 36. (Planting in 4-6 weeks.)

Move the chickens to up near Q. Smash down whats left in the chicken area.

Cover the Brassicas. Clear the are just beside these newly covered brassicas.

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Beans upon Beans. 8-10F.

Jess says we are really gardening now.

We had great success with everything last year. This year we are finding a few little issues. So for example BEANS. Here in 8-10F we have planted beans. Poor growth. We have inter-sewn some new beans.

It could be poor seeds but we don’t think so. We will have to keep an eye on this patch. We will rotate as soon as this crop is done.


Beyond the Plot; School Garden Swap-Shop Idea.

We are trying to get the school garden going. It’s going well. We hope to move things forward to the point where the garden really acts as a community garden based in the school. The Blog post below just starts introducing that idea. It is potentially very much a part of our ability to feed ourselves. If a swapping node exists at the school next door we can benefit from swapping what we might have in excess for anything else that may be shared by our  extended community.


It may not be the most exciting thing but…… emails are important. The Somers School Garden communications strategy (if you can call it such a thing) is based on making info freely available via: This website; Instagram; @SomersSchoolGarden Twitter; @SomSchooGarden Actual human face to face meet ups! This means the WORKING BEE (once a […]

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Beyond the Plot.

Jess and I both put a bit of effort into the local school garden and I write all the stuff on the blog, twitter, instagram etc

So every now and again we will re-blog some of the details of what we are doing over there.

I don’t think of them as seperate things. I hope to develop the School Garden into a sort of Community Garden where it can be a meeting point for people involved in growing healthy food locally.

Here is a post for next weekends Working Bee. That’s where Jess and I will be.


Working Bee at the Somers School Garden NEXT SUNDAY 13.8.17 09:00 to 13:00 THERE WILL BE TEA

via Working Bee THIS Weekend. 13.8.17 — Somers School Garden

Spuds. 28-36EF. Brady v Lynch


So we were given a load of spuds and we got them in today.

We filled the north west corner of the plot for the second time. That area will need a rest after this.

Jess and I had two different methods for planting because she knew what she was doing and I wasn’t paying attention. Thus it is now a Brady V Lynch Spud-off! See below for the demarcation line, aka “the 32nd parallel”.