Sunday, November 14, 2010

A morning at the community garden

Everything seems to be getting busy as the end of the year approaches - project deadlines, school presentations, music concerts and end of year work gatherings.  So it was nice to spend yesterday morning working, chatting and harvesting at the community garden at the Environmental Learning Facility at the Orange showgrounds.  The community garden is open to the public all the time and the working bees are on the morning of the second Saturday of the month - the same day as the local farmers markets.

There was lots of weeding to do.....

Some planting..... here we are planting corn, climbing beans and cucumber together in a "guild" - this combination of plants has been used extensively by native American groups in North America and is called the  "Three Sisters".  Some good material on guilds in permaculture can be found here and here and here.

And finally, some produce to take home... this rhubarb ended up as a rhubarb and apple cobbler...

What guilds or companion planting works best for you?  I would love to hear.

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