Due to a major mistake (and horrible customer support) from our Internet Hosting company (cough cough NetLogistics cough cough) many of our Garden Club subscribers did not receive the March newsletter on time. It is still being delivered! For those that missed out… here it is…
It’s March already – wow, the time sure does fly – and autumn is finally here. We hope that you and your gardens made it through another long, hot Melbourne summer without too many worries…
What a fantastic time of the year it is – it’s still warm enough to enjoy working outside, and we don’t have to be troubled by the summer heat; the rain is hopefully on its way, saving our bucket-backs and our water bills; and we can really let loose in the garden after clearing away any summer crops that have had their time and gone to seed. In fact, it’s almost like a new garden-wise beginning.
March also means that it’s time to start planting again, after a summer spent maintaining and watering – the cooler weather and increasing rainfall provide perfect growing conditions, and planting now means that our botanical friends will be able to settle in and prosper before the cold of winter. Dennis also has a few fantastic exclusive specials on soil improvers just for you guys… see the specials below!
March means that it’s time to harvest your summer vegies, and time to start thinking about what you want to grow over winter, and time to start to start planting – the soil’s still warm but the weather isn’t as intense as it is over summer, which make for perfect growing conditions.
It’s also time to clear out any summer vegies that have done their dash, and to add compost and manure to your patches and beds to rejuvenate the depleted soil, and to start pruning and taking cuttings, and to get in some bulbs and winter colour. Phew! And even though it might sound like a bit of work, the results are well worth the effort…
For a more comprehensive guide on what to in your garden during March, head to http://www.baag.com.au/march-in-your-garden/
Finding edible plants that can do well in a shady spot can be a tricky thing – if you’ve dedicated your garden to produce, your south-facing and shady spots are typically the last to get attention, so vexing can this problem be. Luckily, we have the humble hazelnut. More than one hazelnut is needed, however, as they are wind pollinated rather than self-fertile. It’s lucky, then, that when planted en masse they resemble a slice of English forest, with an understory just crying out for dry-tolerant woodland plants.
For a more personal perspective on the hazelnut, follow the link to read how much Claire, our buyer, enjoyed planting the process. www.baag.com.au/hazelnuts
March Exclusive Garden Club Specials
To be eligible for these specials you MUST mention the Garden Club Special to counter staff BEFORE they begin ringing up your purchases on the register.
25% OFF Bulk Cow Manure (bulk orders only, minimum order 1m3)
40% OFF Roses
30% OFF these three great soil improvers! Take your pick between WhoFlungDung, Zeolite and Rock Dust
40% OFF Rustic Egg Pots
30% OFF Extra Large Egg Pots
(Specials valid from March 1st until March 31st, 2018)
#urbansalvage #zerowaste is an exhibition of sculptural and functional wood by Andrew Potocnik. It will be running from 9th March to 8th April, with an exhibition opening between 6 and 8pm on Thursday 8th March.
Andrew is working against the current trend – ” If it doesn’t work, throw it away. If you don’t like it throw it away. If it’s past its use-by date throw it away.” He creates his art because he sees the potential of beauty in materials that surround him, mostly wood. Pieces in this exhibition are drawn from salvaged, recycled or repurposed wood that would otherwise have been used as firewood.
“Liquids in Disguise” is an exhibition of steel and glass sculptures by Tim Read and Rob Hayley, has just about come to an end and will wrap up on the 4th of March – get in quick to see these marvels of modern art.
Our upcoming sustainable gardening and living classes and workshops are now online and open for booking. From The Art of Espalier to Summer Fruit Tree Maintenance to Summer Preserves, from Natural Pest Control with Companion Planting to The Joy of Backyard Chooks, and from Thrifty Gardening to Summer Preserves to Healthy and Productive Compost and Worms, there’s a class for every kind of green-thumb, from beginners to advanced. We have also recently introduced a multiple-ticket option for quite a few of our Sustainable Living Classes, which means that you’ll receive a discount when you book more than one ticket for these particular classes. So next time you come on down to the nursery to learn some new skills and be inspired, bring a friend or two along and double or triple the fun. For the complete list of available classes and booking info head to: http://www.baag.com.au/sustainable-gardening-living-classes/
Do you have a burning desire to exercise your creative bone? If so, then one of our art workshops might just be the thing for you – from mosaics to limestone sculptures, there’s something here at BAAG that’ll help unleash the creative potential in everyone. For further information and a list of what’s on, head to: http://www.baag.com.au/art-workshops/
The next BAAG vegie swap is on on Saturday the 17th of March from 10-11am. This fabulous free event happens on the third Saturday of every month here at BAAG, and it’s a great opportunity to have a chat with other keen gardeners and backyard farmers, and to offload your excess and pick up something nice for dinner. Bring along any excess produce you have harvested; eggs, preserves, and recipes are also welcome. Don’t worry if you haven’t got anything to swap – you’re still very welcome to come along and see how the vegie swap works. The BAAG Vegie Swap Facebook page can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/baagvegieswap
Final sensory display: touch
For the final time, sound and land artist Jessica Pinney will be displaying plants that excite the remaining sense. March’s display is all about “touch.” There is a long history of research into how the simple act of touching plants can calm nerves and improve our mental health – think of them as nature’s fidget spinners, tangle toys or cosy blankets – and in this month’s display you’ll find a variety of plants that exhibit different tactile characteristics. Soft, fuzzy, smooth, rough, crunchy – which feeling satisfies you the most?
Jessica will be here at BAAG on Saturday the 17th of March for the Vegie Swap, to sum up her research into the senses and on why establishing a sensory garden can be so beneficial. More information on Jessica can be found at her website www.jessicapinney.com and a great beginners resource for sensory gardens can be found here: