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Devil's advocate



Devil's advocate

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The quarterly magazine from the Arid Lands Environment Centre


Arid Lands Environment Centre


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Alice Springs


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Environmental Protection; Australia, Central; Conservation Of Natural Resources; Arid Lands Environment Centre (Australia); Periodicals

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Arid Lands Environment Centre

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Alice Springs


Devil's advocate


Autumn 2015

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Regular working bees are on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month. www.alicecommunitygarden.org.au Alice Springs Community Garden Garden News Thanks to everyone for your ongoing support of the Community Garden. It is going from strength to strength with great participation from members, new plots and exciting developments happening! We had a great Earth Hour evening on 28 March with over 60 people in attendance, cooking pizzas in the dark! Thanks to the organisers, pizza cooks and everyone who helped clean up. We raised over $200 for the garden and ALEC from this evening. The Alice Springs Community Garden recently become a Garden for Wildlife member. For a $10 life time registration fee, members are offered free resources, advice and ongoing support to help you keep motivated to manage your garden/property to increase biodiversity. The scheme targets residential properties within Alice Springs. For more info: Land For Wildlife lfw@lowecol.com.au Working Bees Your ASCG Committee has decided to hold one BIG WORKING BEE on the 3rd Sunday of every Month from 8am-11am. We would like all plot holders to come and lend a hand at least 6 times a year. Allan OKeefe and Bruce Simmons will coordinate tasks. There will be cold water and hot beverages. Please bring a plate of you feel like it. On the 1st Sunday of every month we will routinely hold a smaller working bee. Manure Just wanting to let everyone know that from now on the only manure we can get will always have a fair bit of decomposing hay in it so its best used as a surface layer (10 -20cm deep) and not dug in. Within a month or two it should be beautifully broken down. Until then its probably better to plant your seeds and seedlings along small furrows filled with compost or potting soil that follow the mini-scape water lines. New Beds We have two new beds being prepared. We have adopted that big bad nuisance buffel grass as a great base for many of our raised plots. A 30cm layer of buffel grass on top of a cardboard layer to smother any weeds, covered by another 20-30 cm layer of spoilt hay and manure has proven a highly successful planting bed. In the end it all breaks down to about 15 cm of garden loam which needs some more boosting after a year or so. Overall though, most plots are producing really well and we have a growing resource of rich soil. Tim, Bruce, Jen and Jimmy erected the Garden for Wildlife sign on the front gate of the garden. Autumn Plantings Its that time of year for new plantings. The season has swung around from summer into this lovely time of cool nights and warm days, benign and kind for veggie growing. Here is some planting advice from Bruce on what to get in the ground now. All the brassicas - cabbages, broccoli, caulis, Brussells sprouts Leeks, onions of all types, garlic Non-hearting lettuces of all types (mid to late April probably better for the hearting types like iceberg) Radishes, beetroot, turnips, parsnips, carrots, kohlrabi Peas are probably best left to end of March. I recommend sugar snap climbers but you have to have space and be patient Broad beans Silver beet,rainbow chard, Asian greens of all types, rocket Asparagus, strawberries Things NOT to plant now are those that are frost sensitive including tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, melons of all types, green beans, zucchinis, sweet corn, marigolds and basil. Happy, Healthy Gardening ASCG Team The mandala garden survived the heat of the summer.

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