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Finger Lime

Finger Limes

Finger Limes are a native subtropical shrub that produce limes in the shape of a finger.

The tree is slow growing in temperate zones.


  • The tree has dense small green spiky leaves.
  • The flowers appear in spring which are small white and pink and the fruit is ready to pick in late summer.
  • The fruit can be used as you would use a normal lime.
  • Finger limes are also nice on vanilla ice cream and vanilla yogurt. Good in stir fries, salads, gin & tonic and beer.

Bananas

Grapes & Bananas

Grape vines provide food and summer shade. Bananas are easy to grow and are good if there is a wet or boggy area in a garden.

Banana

  • Banana flower and fruit.
  • As the flower moves away from the fruit, the flower is cut off so the plant puts its energy into the growth of the fruit.
  • The flower can be eaten however there is a method and process which is common in some cultures.
  • Cover the bananas with a bag which has holes at both ends to protect the fruit from possums, birds and fruit bats.
  • Harvest when fruit begins to yellow.

 

Grapes

Silky chickens

Silky chickens provide eggs, pest control and manure


Tomatoes in the front yard

Tomatoes growing in raised garden beds in a urban front yard



Quails

Quails are good in small spaces.
Quails are cute, provide eggs and manure as well as eating leftover food.
Quails can be great pets.
They provide eggs and manure

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 Stingless Bees

Native stingless bees on a balcony garden.
Honey bees in a urban front yard.
The honey bees provide lots of honey for the residents and the excess honey is sold or traded to neighbours and friends.

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Photos of Edgeworth David community garden at Hornsby.

 

 

Community gardens are great places to learn about all aspects of organic gardening. They always have great people from all age groups and backgrounds willing to share knowledge and friendship. 

Edgeworth David community garden always welcomes new volunteers.

Volunteers can come along on Wednesday mornings or Saturday mornings. Weekly, Fortnightly or Monthly.

   

Spring into Spring

Spring:

  • Good time to add compost and organic fertiliser to the soil.
  • Homemade compost is the best followed by organic chicken pellets, blood & bone with a bit of potash.
  • Water it all in with liquid worm juice from the worm farm or seasol liquid fertiliser.
  • Liquid fertilisers are mixed with water.
  • Plant spring vegetables, herbs and flowering shrubs.
  • Visit a local community garden for ideas and inspiration.
  • Watch Gardening Australia.

Autumn is a good time to add organic matter to the soil and garden beds.

Compost Bin
Chook Pooh

Complete fertilisers

Can be purchased in bags or one can make create compost from kitchen scraps, dry leaves, coffee grounds and garden clippings.

Compost can be mixed / dug into the soil. Composts improves the soil and adds valuable nutrients to aid plant grow.

Homemade compost is best as it contains recycled goodness.

Worm Farm

Chicken manure

This can be purchased in pellet form and is best applied during rain. Spread around the drip line of trees and shrubs.

Cow manure

This can be purchased in bags and is added to the soil. Its great as it improves the soil. Raw cow manure is best mixed into compost and allowed to brew for a few weeks.

Horse manure

Cold dry manure. Can be applied straight onto a garden and mixed in. Or horse manure can be added to open compost bays or bins and allowed to mix and brew.

Liquid Fertiliser

Liquid fertiliser

Worm farms provide worm juice. Seasol is a great organic liquid fertiliser.


Acid Loving Plants

Acid loving plants

Include, Blue berries, Azaleas and Camellias. These plants require specific acid loving fertiliser and or compost.


Compost Ready Best times to add fertiliser, generally autumn and spring.


Growing Potatoes
Potatoes can be grown from spring to autumn. They can be grown straight into ground soil or in planter boxes.

Potatoes garden bed lined with newspaperhealthy soild added to the bed

Always use good healthy soil which can be a mix of premium potting mix and compost. Seed potatoes can be purchased from garden nurseries or if the potatoes in the cupboard at home start to seed then plant them.

Potatoes added onto the soilPotatoes then covered with more soil and lucerne

Once potatoes are in soil cover them with additional soil followed by lucerne or sugar cane mulch and then water. After a while the green stems will appear with leaves. As the stems grow cover with extra soil and mulch just leaving the very top of the stem / leaves exposed to the sunshine. Continue to add mulch during the growing period of 3 to 4 months. Then once the stems begin to go brown / yellow and die back, it’s time to harvest the potatoes.


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