How life has changed in just over a month! One of the advantages of having to stay home most of the time is reconnecting with the pleasures of slow and simple living, such as growing our own food and cooking home-made meals.
Growing your own food is fantastic for many reasons: reconnecting with nature, enhancing physical and mental health and well-being, being convenient and inexpensive, as well as eating delicious and healthy food. It is a great activity for families to share and learn together.
There are lots of good resources on growing veggies available on the web. ABC’s Gardening Australia is a great one (www.gardeningaustralia.com.au). Another is the Magic Harvest program I described in my December blog. The program is continuing with Amanda and myself guiding another group of gardeners through a winter growing season.
The program is again subsidised by the Onkaparinga Council and we have planted a demonstration bed at our local Willunga Library. Last week 14 growers picked up their pack of 12 lovely, organic seedlings plus a bag of compost and a packet of fertiliser.
Because of the present constraints on meeting in person, we have moved the program online. We will email our participants with gardening information every 2 weeks, as well as posting photos, videos and information on Facebook (www.facebook.com/magicharvestbytorimoreton). If you want to grow along with us, check out the Facebook page!
We will miss meeting with the winter growing group but hopefully we will be able to get together in spring! Our summer group meetings created many lovely memories: sharing veggie stories, swapping excess produce and eating food (and wine) made from our gardens.
The group was featured in the Onkaparinga Council news magazine. The article is available at https://www.onkaparinganow.com/magic-harveagic-harvest-a-backyard-revolution/