Wynlen House is located in the cool climate region of the Southern Tablelands near the ACT at an altitude of 662 metres above sea level. This is an area where low temperatures occur for long periods. Frosts can occur from 22 March extending through to the 11 November. Although we can have frosts during any month of the year. Indeed we have had frosts over this summer's growing season just prior to Christmas and in early January. Average annual minimum temperatures are 0 C to -5 C degrees. Summers are warm and mild but the growing season is short. Average annual rainfall is around 700mm.
Cool climate zones are suitable areas for growing many European, Asian and North American vegetables that require a period of winter chilling. The frequency and duration of frosts are a critical factor for growing in this area. Successfully growing vegetables all year round requires careful planning and preparation. Organic farming is not static. Just as all agriculture continues to try new approaches and methods organic farming and gardening systems are continuing to develop, expand and respond to new ideas and the environment it is in. We use row covers preferring agricultural fabrics over plastic as it allows moisture to pass through. We also practice intensive planting to minimize weeds and maximize production. So this means we get four or five crops from the one row at the one time of planting.
We sell food from our slow food garden through a market stall on Saturday mornings. Food is picked and sold within 24 hours.