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Local Sustainable Garden Design – Visit Roogulli Open Garden

Roogulli boasts a large kitchen garden including a poly tunnel fitted out with wicking beds for all year round vegetable production as well as conventional vegetable beds, berries and espalier heritage apples. The Silkie hens and roosters next door provide a composting and pest clean up service. The food forest, which had only just been planted when the garden was last open, now boasts established fruit trees, swales diverting water from the driveway, chop and drop mulch, ducks and the ‘Bath House’. The rock garden around the house is planted with native grassland plants.

The garden has been built using materials salvaged from the site, second hand materials collected from around Canberra and recycled products.

Roogulli is used to graze alpacas, llamas and miniature sheep. Brooks Creek runs along one boundary and the owners have done extensive clearing of weeds and replanting of native vegetation along its banks in a project with neighbours and Wamboin Gearys Gap Landcare.

Entry: Members of Open Gardens Canberra free, Non-members $8, Children under 18 free if accompanied by an adult.

More information at  http://www.opengardenscanberra.org.au/node/34


Bungendore Community Garden Membership

community garden brochure titleAre you interested in gardening? Would you like to learn more about permaculture, worm farming and food forests?
To find out more about what we are doing and meet other members of the community with interests in local food production and sustainability, download the Bungendore Community Garden brochure and come to our next meeting at the Bungendore Community Garden!

Everyone is welcome. Hope to see you soon.

Canberra Region Planting Calendar – Autumn

Autumn is a great time to plant vegetables that you can eat throughout winter, however you need to get in there quickly before the frost season starts. By April you are generally better off planting out seedlings, with a few exceptions such as garlic, onions, broad beans and peas.

Here are some suggestions of what can be planted in early to mid-autumn:

  • Asian Greens for quick results.
  • A range of brassicas do well in autumn but will need quite a long time to mature, including: Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli and Cauliflower, Kale and Chinese and European Cabbages.
  • Broad Beans and Peas are not only great to eat but are also good for your soil.
  • Garlic, Leeks and Onions do very well in our climate.
  • Corn salad, Spinach, Endives and Lettuce will give good results and provide great leafy green ingredients for a lovely winter salad.
  • You can still plant Silverbeet, but early frosts may slow down growth.
  • You could try Carrots, too, but success varies very much depending on how early and how long the first frost periods are.

And if you have a bumper crop, why not swap some for something you didn’t grow at one of our food swaps at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market?

Or come along to the Bungendore Community Garden and meet other keen gardeners and find out more! We meet regularly at the gardens on the first and third Monday of each month from 10am to 12noon for garden maintenance and a chat. BYO chair and coffee.