Seasonal Almanac

Autumnal equinox: Thunder pipes down (5 of 5)

March 26th, 2009

Autumnal equinox 5 of 15Redmond’s membership with ‘The Diggers Club‘ arrived in the post this afternoon. The package contained the current issue of the club’s catalogue, 1 back issue, 1 annual, 2 packets of seeds, and a copy of The Australian Fruit and Vegetable Garden.

There is something amazingly compelling about browsing through printed materials with photographs of home-grown vegetables. I am surprised to find myself examining each page of the catalogue with such attentiveness. The different varieties of garlic and shallots, the arrays of stone fruits, and the matrix of ‘Seeds to Sow Now’, all offer a tantalizingly future of self-sufficiency. Sown into each page is the irresitable idea of fruitful labour. The agarian dream lives on.

2 Responses to “Autumnal equinox: Thunder pipes down (5 of 5)”

  1. 1 Lucas
    April 6th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    it’s good, the diggers, but i find some of their info confusing, the codes on the seed packs are tricky to decipher, whether to plant direct or in punnets, what “heat zone” you are in and so on…

    … and their “sow what when” chart is really hard to read.

    another place worth looking at is eden seeds. you can order online too.

  2. 2 jolaw
    April 10th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    We bought their book, THE AUSTRALIAN FRUIT & VEGETABLE GARDEN, which does make things a bit clearer as to when and what to plant where. But there is sometimes inconsistent information like the symbols say that we can plant apple trees here (warm costal) but the text explicitly says that apples cannot be grown on the coast from Nowra to Newcastle.

    One thing can be said about the Diggers’ Club is that they have personalities and attitudes that come through in all their products!