05 May, 2015 Last updated: 30 Jul, 2015

It was a busy summer at 3000acres, we built a garden, hosted workshops, working bees, food swaps and yoga classes, and begun recruiting volunteers.

In February we built our 6th garden at the Polaris shopping centre in Bundoora. 

The plots of this large new garden are tended to, and harvested from communally with the guidance of Claire, the garden manager. Claire is there on Wednesday mornings - so feel free to drop by for a guided tour and some chillies. 

The garden was launched on 15th March, and we are running monthly events on site for the rest of the year, if you would like to be kept in the loop about this and other events, like the Polaris Urban Garden Facebook page or sign up for the mailing list.

Autumn gardening

Your garden may be getting a bit tatty at this time of year, as the tomato leaves die back and the pumpkins and zucchini get covered in powdery mildew. There is no organic cure for powdery mildew, but you can slow the spread by removing all affected leaves and stems as soon as possible.  In any case, you'll be pulling all those plants up soon so it is time to think about what to plant next. 

Cabbages, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, onions, silver beet, spinach, dill, coriander, lettuce, rocket and celery can be sown now into pots.  Use seed raising mix to fill the pots, plant the seeds as deep as they are thick, water with fish emulsion and leave in a protected, sunny spot.  Autumn is also the time for planting peas and broad beans, don't worry about pots for these guys - just plant them straight into your garden, ideally in a space that had a fruiting plant such as tomatoes or zucchini previously. 

Water the seeds once and then not again until they germinate because these seeds can rot if they are too wet.  Also, don't forget the root veggies that you can plant pretty much all year round: beetroot, carrots and radishes.  Like beans and peas, these seeds go straight into the ground.  Don't forget to thin them to one plant per 5cm once they are a few weeks old.