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Spring 2022

Although it is still cold and soggy in most areas, it’s time to think of spring sprouting. I now have fresh seed of the Australian White Bush Marrow, but only one packet per order, please. Plenty of Virginia White Zucchini available, Joe E Parker Chilli, and delicious Bulls Blood Beetroot seed. Still managing to keep Uncle Dick’s Turnip going, but I have decided to change the sowing schedule for both Beetroots and Turnips from Autumn to Spring. Our winters seem colder and frostier lately, and both of those vegetable have stopped growing late autumn, just sat through winter, and then bolted in spring, for the last few years.

If supermarket lettuce prices are too much for you, try using young Kale leaves and the very tender Lucullus Silverbeet, or the mini Cos Lettuce, Parris Island instead . More raised garden beds are my answer to lack of space: they come flat packed from the hardware shop, and II now have another compost bin to make more soil to fill them. No digging is great, and you can place them in driveways, on paths and lawns, just using the cardboard packaging as a base. Dealing with birds ,including my own ducks, is a constant problem, and the raised beds are easy to cover with domes of netting or cloth. Wishing everyone a successful growing season ahead. Rose

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