Launceston turned on a spectacular clear August winters day last week, perfect for visiting Peter in his garden where he is propagating seedlings for the Ravenswood community garden that he will also help manage. We talked through his plans for the community garden, and how it will help local people connect and work together and experience the joys of growing their own food.
Peter was a wealth of information so I took the opportunity to ask him why my carrots fail to grow straight and he gave me the tip of digging in fertiliser deeper to encourage better growth. That was on top of a conversation on how to encourage broccoli to grow quickly.
Peter mentioned he didn’t really have room for fruit trees but nevertheless I decided to send a couple out with my Senate colleague Peter Whish-Wilson who was mucking in to help construct a poly-tunnel at Peter’s house. He will use the tunnel to propagate seedlings to be planted out into the Ravenswood Community Garden when the raised garden beds are complete, and Spring is in full swing.
It is always inspiring to see a community coming together to create shared garden spaces that enable people to grow their own food, and watch the changing seasons that are so beautiful in Tasmania.