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Wow - here we are now going into October! Hasn't it been a SLOW start to spring in our gardens? I know many of you are struggling with your summer seedlings; it is simply because conditions have been so cold.
Leesa (from The Greenhouse Organic, who grows our seedlings) doesn't use a hot house to produce her seedlings; so the range of summer vegies is also a little late because her seedlings are still slow due to the conditions. But this is actually a good thing; because many of the commonly available seedlings around town are grown 'artificially' - raised on heat beds and grown on in hot houses. The problem comes when you buy them, take them home and plant them out in the 'real world' of your garden; and unfortunately they can't cope. So apologies if you're chasing other varieties of seedlings we haven't had yet - rest assured they ARE coming when they're ready, and you'll have a better chance of them surviving once you get hold of them and plant them out.
Did you get to attend The Greener Garden Festival on 3rd September? We had a great day; several hundred people came through the door during the event, and we know people enjoyed and appreciated the free talks by garden experts Sabrina Hahn, Charles Otway and Sue McDougall. Considering how unreliable the weather has been so far this spring, we were blessed to have a perfect, sunny day. (Phew!) It was a great opportunity for the Harvest Club participants to get together - this is the mob @ the Festival. We wanted a group photo with Sabrina and she's in there - the tiny little head poking out from the back that I've circled!! #photofail!
But there's still more fun and frivolity being planned @ GLSC for October. This month marks the 15th anniversary of Paul & myself having the business, so we've got a birthday bash planned with lots of garden goodies to be won. See below for more details.
Also 'Do it in a Dress' - last year we had lots of fun donning school uniforms in order to raise money for 'One Girl' - an Australian charity that raises money to educate girls in Africa. Last year we raised enough money to ensure the schooling of three girls. This year it would be marvellous to help even more. Statistics show that educating girls has a knock-on effect in their entire community, with educated women marrying later, having fewer children, having healthier children, and contributing more to their community.
So make sure you visit us on the weekend of 29-30th October; bring some loose change to donate to the cause and grab a cuppa & some GLSC birthday cake to celebrate. Hope to see you there!