The Garden Share Collective {May 2015}

The past month has been a super slow one on the garden front, for a few reasons. We've had alot cooler weather, meaning the zucchinis, tomatoes and other frost sensitive plants have mostly packed up for the winter (well, the tomatoes are still hanging on, but there's nothing to do with them except pick them as you need them!). The eggplants are still producing, as are the capsicums - but to be honest, the mice are getting them before we are, so we've started to pull a wheelbarrow load each day to toss to our pigs (who are loving it, of course!).

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A Grown & Gathered Day

This weekend, the Husbo and I set our alarm for ridiculous-oclock and headed off in the dark down the freeway to visit the stunning Tahbilk Winery. (As an aside - I love a good roadtrip, even a freeway one - and seeing the sun rising behind Mount Buffalo made the early start particularly worthwhile. Roadtrips are something I need to do more of!). We were heading to Tahbilk to check out the closed-loop farming system being championed by Matt and Lentil Purbrick, the faces behind the brand Grown & Gathered. I've been following Matt and Lentil on Instagram and their site for a while now, and had even contacted them for advice last year about mulching in our market garden. I was keen to see first hand how they integrated their philosophies on sustainable resource use, minimal waste and living lightly in their home and farming enterprise.  

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The Garden Share Collective February 2015 {Lessons in Design}

I really loved January in the garden. Or rather, I really loving this January in the garden. We've had way, way more rain than we normally do at this time of year and the temperatures have been blessedly cooler. While this has meant that we are still waiting on the big glut of tomatoes, beans, rockmelon and watermelon and we've seen a rise in the incidence of mildew on the zucchini and tomatoes, the cooler temps just make it so much nicer to be out in the garden and the lack of more than a couple of over 40 degree days has meant there is very little sunburn damage on anything. 

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