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Summer Update

We’re fully into the heat of Summer now, and that means lot’s of veges!

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We finished off the season of Spring with the fantastic Addington Fun Fair which was run at St Mary’s. Our bright crops of red and golden beets sold in a flash and we had so much fun chatting to our mates from around the neighbourhood.

With Summer in full swing our crops are soaking up the sun. We have full beds of silver beet, lettuces, kale and more. Our microgreen production is still chugging along in the nursery and our tomatoes are thriving in their tunnel house.

We’re super excited about our first new site: just across the road at 36 Parlane St. Grace, Will, Franc, Luke and Andy have offered their front lawn for us to grow veges on! Check it out if you happen to wander down Parlane St!

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Liam is keeping himself busy with every aspect of running the farm. If you’d like to check it out or even get your hands dirty, pop in on a Saturday morning to 29 Parlane St and weโ€™ll show you around.

Getting ready for the Fair

It’s two weeks until the Addington Fun Fair, and we’re gearing up. We’ve installed a new chiller with the help of rollers and a lot of people power.ย  Our garden beds are properly starting to bloom in the beautiful soil we’ve got from Gardenbox.

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We’re in a good rhythm now with four Saturday working bees in a row. Lot’s of people from around the neighbourhood are starting to show up regularly, which is super exciting!

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Our microgreen production is now fully underway, and if you try the microgreen garnish served at The Addington Coffee Co-op or Portershed, it will be ours.

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Steven came today to sow some seeds. Beautiful.

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We’re keen for all the help we can get! If you’re interested, pop in on a Saturday morning to 29 Parlane St and we’ll show you around.

 

New Season, New Soil

It’s the second week of spring, our fruit trees are blossoming and the birds have come back. We’ve kicked off spring with a load of new soil from Garden Box. With a fresh landscape of fertile earth Liam has got busy already digging new beds. They’re looking great!

A crew of students from Lincoln University also came to help us out by digging some dirt and setting up some new tunnel houses (thanks to you!) We’re very encouraged by both the weather and the amount of support we’re receiving from our city.

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As always, feel free to pop down to 29 Parlane St on a Saturday morning to say hi!

Microgreens

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First microgreens harvest! Yum ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Our radish shoots have been harvested! With our first Microgreen harvest, we have made the next big step in becoming a commercially productive farm. It only takes two weeks for radish shoots like these to get to an edible size, and they taste great!

With this success, we’re launching into larger production. We’re so grateful to have a spacious nursery.

Balcony Gardens and Newspaper Pots

A huge thank you to Chrys and Chris from The Addington Timebank. Both keen local gardeners who came over this afternoon to run a workshop on gardening. Chrys started off by showing everyone how to make an easy biodegradable pot for seedlings out of newspaper. These pots rot away when planted, minimizing waste and the trauma to the seedling as it is transferred.
Afterwards, Chris shows us his locally famous balcony gardening method. Using nothing but a bag of potting mix and seeds he was able to produce a productive vegetable garden on a small concrete balcony.

There was a great turnout and we all enjoyed Kathy Viney’s amazing baking afterwards!