Saturday, 26 March 2016

Planting for Abundance - filling the garden with seeds for the new season

A gorgeous day in the garden with the children and our Japanese WWOOFer. We explored polycultural gardening, companion planting, seed-raising, making homemade seed-raising mix, herb propagation and more.

We planted nicola potatoes and elephant garlic, snowpeas and multi-coloured carrots, strawberries and onions,  and many added more leafy greens - beetroot, lettuces, rainbow chard, rocket and a range of chinese greens.

We are in the midst of a planting blitz - each day we add more and more diversity, fill gaps, create new niches.

Into the no-dig garden, a handful of compost was poked into each new hole - seeds added - then watered in with comfrey tea.

I can't wait to see them all grow and fill the garden with a new season of abundance.

At one with the garden ...

Creating the potato patch

Making our own seed-raising mix

Getting the nicola seed potatoes and elephant garlic ready for planting

Hugh can't wait for his multi-coloured carrots to be ready to eat! 


  1. lovely photos - good to see such positive actions happening.

    1. It is always lovely being out in the garden planting together - I love it when the kids get inspired and initiate projects like this.

  2. Thank you for a terrific Superfoods workshop today at Northey Street City Farm. I learned heaps about how to get the most out of plants I'm already growing, and what I need to plant to grow even more food in my small space. Loved the food we prepared under your guidance. Lots of interesting ways of adding superfoods to my diet. Happy Easter Morag. from Jean

    1. Thanks Jean. It was a delight to spend the day with you at the City Farm. Have a Happy Easter and I look forward to visiting you over at Beelarong Community Farm - I can't wait to see how much everything has grown since I was there last.

    2. Morag you are welcome at Beelarong any time but the action is on a Wednesday morning when up to 40 folk gather to work in the community garden and tend to their allotments. We stop for morning tea at 10am, always lively, where we all catch up with what is happening around the farm.

    3. Thanks Jean - hopefully I might be in town on a Wednesday and I can come over.