Our regular gardener Gary from Kookaburra Organics spoke about water retention in the garden and with the weather as it is we need all the advice we can find. Adding mulch will of course add the extra protection we need and as always the information given goes further than just covering the beds with sugar cane much. Adding 1 % of carbon will increase water retention by 16%, use newspaper, worm casting, compost, mulch and have you ever considered banana stalks. Evidently they are just full of moisture and great to lay in the garden to provide a constant source of moisture that is released over time and breaks down as mulch. Small crop gardens hit the discussion again and with an upcoming workshop happening in Caboolture in November get prepared for some great ideas and innovative ways to grow your food in small plots or balconies.
Sal from Caboolture Property Maintenance shared some simple ideas to bring watering systems into the garden. Keeping the gardens together not only allows for plants to rely on shade but the watering is more effective and the cost of installing dramatically reduced. Think about what you want to water, how much water is available and where the future gardens are going to be.
Spring lunch boxes in our recipe section for this week with refreshing ideas for all the family.