Written by Katherine Scott
How great is it to see the sunshine creeping back in and gardens doubling in size with the perfect cocktail of sun and rain?
The Lucas community garden is flourishing, with everything in it suddenly coming to life after a sleepy Winter, including, unfortunately, the weeds! Beetroot greens are looking lush and healthy, though they’re still small below the soil. Onions and garlic are growing strongly too- they’ll be ready to harvest mid Summer hopefully. Brassicas have burst into flower with the warmer weather, you may have noticed lots of cheery yellow recently, up until we pulled them to make room for new Spring planting!
The community garden team has gone through some changes recently, with the latest group of volunteers forming an official incorporated committee keen to see the garden thrive and become a permanent fixture in Lucas. Keep an eye out for some other upcoming changes around the community garden too- a produce and seed swap box will be on its way, along with some clearer signage to help everyone know what to pick and when.
Right now we’re planting some seedlings for Spring that will be transplanted into the garden after the risk of frost has passed- usually November in Ballarat. If you haven’t already, now is the time to start things like tomatoes, capsicum, eggplant, cucumber and summer herbs like basil. Pumpkin, squash and zucchini varieties will go in soon too.
Some things can go directly in the garden now too- this week we’ve planted some rainbow silverbeet seeds, marigold and cornflowers. Cornflowers are both beautiful and edible, did you know? Edible flowers are a fantastic addition to liven up the look of Spring and Summer salads- try pansies, nasturtiums, calendula petals, cornflower and borage flowers, or flowers from pea, bean and brassica plants!
Volunteer catch ups at the garden will hopefully resume soon in small groups, and in line with Covid-19 safety protocols. Make sure to keep an eye on the Lucas Community Garden Facebook page for updates. New committee members and regular volunteers are most welcome and much needed, so please get in touch if you’d like to be part of the project in some way.
If you would like to know more about getting involved you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
or search LucasCommunityGarden on Facebook