Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Environmentality 16 October 2013, Jodie Jackson, My EveryDay Garden

MELONS, MELONS, MELONS, big or small, get your melons here!

Well not quite yet, but that is what Jodie and the other community gardeners around the suburbs of Hume are hoping for in February 2014.

Jodie and the Hume Community Gardeners are setting the challenge to all the other green thumbs out there to plant a couple of different melon varieties and see how great they are.  Jodie has 23 different varieties of melon that she will be using in the great melon challenge, all heirloom varieties, of course.

If you Listen to the Show you will hear how melons aren't difficult to grow and are so very juicy and tasty when they have been grown with love from your garden.  If you would like to be involved join the Hume Community Gardeners site ( for more information.

Our resident gardener has a thing for heirloom varietals, but what is heirloom?  Heirloom in the seed world normally means that they are not available at larger nurseries, markets or supermarkets.  They are seeds that were readily available 30, 50 or in some that I have seen 100 years ago but have fallen out of favor for more readily available hybrid commercial varieties.

With heirloom varieties of fruit and vegetables, you are able to collect and replant the seeds from your crop, which means you keep that variety going.  There are lots of places you can get heirloom seeds and seedlings but here are just a couple to get you going:

Spring is such an exciting time in the garden.  Long days where you can sit and smell the basil and literally watch your tomatoes ripen.  If you have a tiny outdoor space you can still plant a couple of tomatoes in pots or have some strawberries cascading over the top of a tub.  Give it a try you will be surprised at how great you feel.

Jodie had lots of great advice about soaking seeds and lunar planting so to make sure you get the right advice and

L I S T E N  T O  T H E  S H O W

Music played today:

Cash Savage and the Last Drinks, Let Go and Howling for Me from the Hypnotiser album

The Spoils, Tale of the Bull, from the Hurstville album

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, The Game gets Old and I Learned the Hard Way from the album I Learned the Hard Way

Tune in next week to listen to Rob Slaney talking to us about the very interesting Global Climate Change Music Project

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