RARELY do we have a friend, neighbour and colleague the likes of our friend Colin Campbell, so we trust our readers will bear with us for a few moments as we say goodbye to him on your behalf.
He was such an amazing support to the horticultural industry, instigating the start of the Horticultural Media Association Queensland branch where we all became such firm friends, speaking at hosts of gardening events, writing columns and articles, persuading Mayor Campbell Newman to create the beautiful Roma Street Parkland, appearing on Gardening Australia, and of course being a stalwart at the wonderful Queensland Garden Expo in Nambour. There would be few who didn't feel they knew him personally.
He'll be greatly missed by all of us, and our sincere sympathy goes to Bev, his wife and helpmate of 36 years - Vale Colin.
With the warmer weather romping in, and maybe a touch of rain or two, the vegetable garden is thriving for most people.
Some of the great successes we've noticed this season are the lettuces (in this column recently) and silverbeet, and in our patch they are bedmates!
For those of you who, like us, don't have much room, we find Silverbeet Rainbow or Ruby Chard provides us with an excellent pick-and-grow again veg that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways.
The brilliant stem colours and chopped green leaves add another dimension to stir-fries, soups, omelettes, salads and almost any other combined savoury, as well as making a very tasty "green" third veg to serve with roasts, grills and steamed food - it even goes well with fish and chips.
Rainbow Chard is the Yates Seed of the month for September, so do yourselves a favour and add some of the quite large seeds to your vegie or flower garden now.
It's very helpful to their germination if you soak the seeds in water for a few hours before planting, then.
As they start to grow, thin them out if necessary and feed regularly with Thrive Soluble Plant Food.
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