A selection of garlic at Canberra City Farm

With the limitations from CoVid-19 and the success of our first Zoom teaching sessions, we have reached out further into the brave frontier of the Internet. What we have found is that people like to be able to listen and learn some things in the comfort of their own favourite listening places.

With the help of our very experienced broadcaster, Canberra City Farm past President and Gardening guru, Keith Colls at the helm and his able and trusty assistant Vanessa Goss, Canberra City Farm is now producing our own podcasts. These will cover:

  • what to do in your Canberra food garden throughout the year and each month; and
  • interviews with local food producers, people doing interesting things in our community such as growing food, using food and discussing food security and people trying to change the world in many positive ways .

These will be a regular feature for you to listen to whenever it works for you. If you have any questions, please email podcast@ccfarm.org.au and Keith will answer it on the next podcast, or if we have enough questions, he may even do an additional one.

May 2021

Sustainable Living Podcast – Episode 7: In this episode Keith talks to Meg Clark about the Lyneham Commons. They discuss the aims of Lyneham commons and the importance of growing perennial food plants in communal areas for building a sense of community. The development of the Lyneham Commons was not without difficulties, particularly as it was the first such commons in Canberra. Many lessons have been learnt and the Lyneham Commons group are happy to help others who may be contemplating setting up a Commons area on public land in other parts of Canberra. For more information about the Lyneham Commons and its activities go to their facebook page or call Meg on 045880026.

Sustainable Living Podcast – Episode 7 – Lyneham Commons


Vanessa and Keith recording the podcast

May in the Canberra Garden 2021: This month Keith and Vanessa talk about which plants can still be planted to grow over winter, Autumn pruning of fruit trees and some pests to be on the look out for. It’s the perfect time for building compost heaps using all the spent summer crops, but remember to avoid using diseased material in your compost. It is also time to plant our green manure crops to build soil nitrogen during winter and to provide organic matter to feed the soil biology in spring. We’ve received very good rain during summer and autumn this year but if it does not continue during late autumn and winter, gardeners need to continually monitor soil moisture during the colder months to ensure there is sufficient moisture in the root zones of plants. Heavy dew and frost during winter can give the impression that soil is moister than it actually is around the plant roots.

May in the Canberra Garden 2021


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