What a stunning day! Welcome December and Summer:)

We had a busy working bee today with a new family joining us- Jess and her three children. Its always lovely to have children in the garden helping us plant, water, weed and of course, play!

We harvested our little garlic crop (some of which is pictured above) that fared pretty well considering the dry winter. We cleaned it off and started to braid what we could. Most of it has gone home with volunteers but some found its way to the coop where you can pick a bit up by donation.

In place of garlic we sowed tomatoes, pumpkin, cucumber, zucchini and a few other things. Hopefully the rain coming combine with the warm weather will give us a good germination rate. I’ll let you know.

We also weeded around the berry patch, that is starting to fruit nicely. While weeding Amanda discovered some snake skin, or could it be lizard skin? Shortly after she met the resident Blue-Tongue Lizard who might have been the owner.

Michael, Bruce and Christian continued working on the slope coming down from Victoria st. Pulling weeds and creating swales to slow and capture the run off.

Steve had his monthly kitchen garden workshop happening, the last of the year, where they looked what to plant now and mounded up the potatoes. The community garden is busting with potatoes at the moment! We also chatted about our workshop calendar for next year, its going to be jam-packed, stay posted for details.

The garden is glorious, so green and fruit filled. Come down any time and enjoy the space!

P.s. we have our first tap plumbed in heading north! Woot! Its happening:)

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Today we had a visit from the wonderful Lis Bastian from the Big Fix. If you haven’t heard of the Big Fix, check it out! They are a super inspiring media platform that delivers truly positive news about the big and small changes that are happening globally towards a more sustainable and peaceful world. The next paper issue of the Big Fix is going to be all about FOOD!!! Growing food, seed saving, food rescue and so on. Keep and eye out for it if you are local.

Fred has plumbed in our first tap heading north. We will have water there soon! Which is great news as Verity and I spent the morning sowing seeds (beans, tomatoes, corn, potatoes, pumpkins…) in the new garden beds. We also planted put some seedlings donated by Leon. The north end is where we will be moving most of our annual food production as now the rest of the garden is covered in lovely, lush, food forest shade.

Ishta was working on maintaining our soup garden. Currently we have growing here herbs, running leeks, artichokes, salad, kale, salsify, silverbeet, garlic, potatoes, peas and unfortunately a huge crop of broad beans that have been destroyed by aphids.

Amanda worked on the flower garden. Currently featuring the most beautiful cascades of roses and some stunning irises. It seems all that hard pruning does pay off on the roses.

Michael has started tackling the wildlife corridor on the eastern side of the garden, pulling out lots of cotoneaster, privet and some blackberry. If you are interested in how to identify invasive weeds around your garden check out this great resource. One of our neighbours also dropped in. He is concerned about council spraying weeds around his property. We are interested to find out about alternative methods to controlling noxious weeds. If you have some good information about this please send us an email or come down for a chat.

One of the best parts of the day is always sitting down for a bowl of veggie soup together and the interesting conversations that we always have. This week we were discussing the importance of belonging and how a sense of belonging brings a sense of responsibility. What do you think?

The gardens is truly stunning at the moment, so full of life! Please come down any time to enjoy the space, pick a few things to eat or come to our Friday working bee, 9am-1pm every week:)

 

 

After the Storm

The creek is flowing today after last nights big storm. There is the sound of frogs and there are ducks paddling around in the clear water. We also spotted out first influx of snails…hopefully the ducks will see them too!

There are no more blossoms on the trees- replacing them, among the dripping wet leaves, is fruit!!! Yep, cherries, plums, peaches, quinces, pears, apples galore. The question is, will we get some before the birds this year?

The working bee was very quiet today. The usual maintenance continuing on, keeping the lawns looking good and building up the banks around the creek to prevent flooding. Verity came and weeded the big potato boxes around the carpark. She has added some new varieties of potatoes to those that have self-seeded there.

We also started planting into our new garden beds in the north end of the garden- zebra beans from seed savers, painted mountain corn, a variety of pumpkins and more potatoes!!!

We have our first Sunday working bee of the season coming up on the 5th of November from 10am. Everyone is welcome to come along. Please bring something for a shared lunch and your gardening gloves.

Steve Fleischmann continues his monthly series of kitchen gardening workshops on the 3rd of November from 9am-12pm. Steve runs a monthly workshop on the first Friday of the month (almost every month) where he teaches about various aspects of home gardening and growing.

We also invite you to come down for a sunset jam on Saturday the 4th of November from 5:30-7:30pm. BYO instruments, poi, hoops, dancing feet etc…

And, if you are looking for a way to celebrate this lush and life-bursting season there will be a public ritual held in the gardens to celebrate Beltaine on Sunday 29th from 3pm- for more details follow the link.

So much happening- it must be spring:)

Waratahs and Rain!

Today it is raining! After months of serious dry we are receiving our first truly soaking rain. It feels magic.

This morning we got together with many of the other landcare groups in the Katoomba catchment for morning tea and a bird watching walk led by the incredible artist Fiona Lumsden  and Jill Dark. While we didn’t spot too many birds in the mist, we did hear a few, and found the waratahs on the bush corridor above the garden are in full, glorious bloom! Afterwards we headed to the National Parks office for morning tea and a chat about the fantastic work that all the different groups in the catchment have been doing.  The council and the local community have just received an award for their work on the waterways leading into Minnie Haha Falls. Big congrats to everyone involved!

In other news, Bunnings has kindly donated enough pipe and fittings to  get mains water into the north end of the garden for when our rain water tanks are empty. They also supplied some helping hands which made it light work. We are half way there. Thanks Bunnings!

We also are going to be a hub for the Edible Gardens Trail/Festival happening in March 2018! They still need edible gardens to join the trail, so if you have a garden that you would like to show off get in touch (the details are on the poster below).

Enjoy the rain while it lasts!
edible gardens festival flyer

Joy Festival Success!

Well that was awesome!

We had a fantastic festival with approximately 400 visitors over the day and we raised $1500 for the community garden! Thanks so much to the Coop who donated raffle prizes and to all of the musicians, artists, chefs, activists and volunteers who made the day happen.

Photo credit: Chloe Mahr

One of the highlights was watching everyone pouring in to be part of the Stop Adani action. 350 people, including our local member Susan Templeman, made a human sign as part of the national day of action to stop the Adani coal mine.

What else is there to say? The food was great, the music enchanting, the workshops inspiring, the garden was blossoming, the children were happy, there were cute puppies,  face painting, massage, hair-wraps, drums, fire twirling and lots of dancing…Success!

 

Check out some of Daz’s highlights in film here.