GOING STRONG: The Whistle Stop Garden is still thriving despite the recent hot weather.
GOING STRONG: The Whistle Stop Garden is still thriving despite the recent hot weather. Contributed

Worm juice readily available

WHISTLE Stop Garden worm farm products are now conveniently available at the Friday morning farmers markets in the Piazza.

The market allowed a free promotional stall to launch the product and it will be available for the next three months for a trial each Friday.

The Whistle Stop Garden also participated in the Artworks Granite Belt Market held last Saturday morning.

Local gardeners were well represented with an interesting array of unusual plants, as well as seasonal preserves made from local produce.

The highlight of the morning was the arrival of the steam train, with the garden's namesake whistle.

The recent heatwave was challenging, however the Whistle Stop Garden has come through pretty well, largely down to the efforts of volunteers.

The aim is to maximise the soil water-holding capacity through the addition of well made compost, and mulching to keep in the moisture, but also allowing any water from the rain to reach the soil.

The community garden end uses soybean or sugarcane mulch to rot down eventually and build soil.

The heritage end of the garden favours the use of lovegrass mulch, which acts as a weed suppressant and retains moisture.

It doesn't rot down very quickly, alleviating the need to re-apply it very often.

The plants have picked up amazingly quickly with the recent rain and cooler weather.

Hopefully we can now look forward to an autumn change and the glorious colours and harvest that this time of year brings.

Worm products can still be purchased from the Whistle Stop Garden on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

New volunteers are always welcome. For inquiries, phone 4681 2962.

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