Turn your thumb green this Autumn
We are a couple of weeks into Autumn so I thought it timely that I write about one of my favourite pastimes, gardening.
I have always been a green thumb and I love watching my plants at home grow and develop as the seasons pass by. Autumn gives us a great opportunity to sow because as the weather cools over the next couple of months, our soil becomes more and more conducive to growth. If you haven’t already done so, some good vegetable seeds to plant over the next month are carrot, beetroot, garlic, broccoli and lettuce. If you’re simply looking to brighten up your yard, I recommend finding some room for daffodils, tulips and snowdrops.
If you’re new to the gardening scene I want to encourage you to get out there and give it a go. There is a lot of information online now which will help and I have found that in gardening especially, learning through trial and error is the way to go.
I also want to add that it gives me great pleasure to see so many people in Maitland with a true passion for sustainability and creating a community bursting with healthy flora. A Council giveaway this week of 200 bags of compost, made from the Garden Organics collected from households, saw all bags gone within 30 minutes. It shows a real appreciation from the community and it’s great to actually see the fruits of our Garden Organics service being returned as something usable rather than going to landfill. While it was a compost giveaway this week, Council will be holding a native seedling giveaway on Tuesday 26 March at Maitland Regional Art Gallery from 10.00am. Get in early to make sure you don’t miss out.
Brightening up the main street
Something else I wanted to touch on this week is the new ‘Artastique’ initiative, which has really brightened up High Street.
Artastique was launched last weekend and features the work of 40 artists in 40 shop windows along High Street. You have until 18 March to check out the art and possibly make a purchase of your own. It’s proving to be a great example of art and business working together and that in itself is something quite exciting. If you want to find out more search ‘Artastique’ on Facebook.