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Broadsheet did a write up earlier this week about community gardens in Sydney, with some great pics of Charlie’s Garden in Darlington. The gardens make use of forgotten parcels of land and are a great way of bringing communities together, recycling food waste and providing delicious fresh produce for those involved.

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All photographs by Luisa Brimble.

And thanks to Janey for sharing this with us!

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Growing from seed is pretty rewarding stuff. I’ve grown tomatoes for a long time as they are super easy. I have yet to master the art of saving seeds, but I have a few books on the subject so am hoping to learn. When we were down at the old farm awhile back my ex boyfriend’s mother and I attempted to save some heirloom tomato seeds but we didn’t get the process right. It still looked pretty.

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The proper way to save tomato seeds:

  • Choose the best ripe fruit from the best plant
  • Scoop out the seeds and jelly membrane into a clean container
  • Add a small amount of water
  • Partially cover the container and leave in a warm place out of direct sunlight to allow fermentation
  • After a few days remove the foamy mould on the top and then thoroughly rinse the seeds
  • Lay seeds out and allow to dry for roughly a week
  • Store in an envelope in a dry dark place

The Backyard Farmer has an illustrated guide if you need more info.

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My brother and sister in law bought me a bunch of lovely heirloom seeds which I first planted in rich seed raising soil in protected little containers, and then transferred to the ground at the old farm and Nonno’s.

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Unfortunately most things I planted at the farm got eaten by bugs and rabbits, but my beans did really well, and I was able to fill my hat to the brim with crunchy green beans.

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All photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

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