Though the weather was rather dismal, the workshop that we ran, “Tropical Planting + Banana Working Bee”, was a great success! We managed to not only plant FOUR new tropical plants (courtesy of Simeon and Jess), Turmeric, Native Ginger, Curry Leaves and Babaco but we also learnt how to remove a banana pup from the mother plant! As a result we have three new potted banana plants that are going to our greenhouse (come check it out, it’s very cool!)
Here a few tips that we went through when re - planting a potted/ store bought plant:
The main tip for planting tropicals in Melbourne is to give it a go! Although it may seem counter-intuitive in our climate, there are tropical plants that are more resistant to colder climates as well as cultivated for it, such as the ones we planted and our Goldfinger bananas. Creating a favourable climate also increases the chance of living a tropical plant life, such as creating a tropical microclimate against a sun baked wall (like us) with wind protection.
Aside from our very exciting planting adventures, we removed our tomato plants (sniffles), cleaned up the garden and composted all the beds! We would like to thank all our volunteers who stopped by today and lent a hand with digging, picking up leaves and cutting up branches. We truly appreciate your help and hope to see you there next time!
For more information on our future workshops be sure to follow us on Facebook at “Melbourne University Community Garden”! Have a lovely and delightful week fellow gardening lovers!
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