To get the ball rolling at our welcome back event, garden coordinator Eleanor gave us a few tips on how to get started with gardening. The main message? Keep an eye on your plants! Observation is key to success - if you don't know what your plants are doing, you can't help them thrive. You should regularly check if they've got enough (or too much) water, if they're showing signs of nutrient deficiency or disease, or if there are any pesky critters trying to harm them. That's just the beginning, but it's a great place to start!
It's also super important to make sure you have good soil for your plant babies. That's why Joyce explained the importance of compost and gave attendees a quick tour of our compost system. Adding compost to your soil improves its nutrient and water holding capacity, which your plants love. If you garden in pots, make sure you use a good quality potting mix, ideally combined with organic matter (like compost!).
Eleanor also gave us a tour of the garden, pointing out the different sections (including perennials, annuals, natives, and sub-tropical plants), and explaining how it all works. We tasted some interesting things, including nasturtiums and native river mint (which tastes a bit like candy canes!). We followed this up with delicious homemade cake topped with flowers from the garden.
After the tour we did some general garden tasks, including weeding the natives bed, potting up warrigal greens for our farmers' market stall and feeding our worm farm.