Today it was 24 degrees in Katoomba, suddenly it feels like summer!
We still haven’t had any significant rain and everything is very dry. At our working bee today we continued hand watering the veggie patch, the berries (there are buds coming!), and much of the orchard. There are flowers on our broad beans and the garlic is coming along nicely despite the dry weather.
We had lots of extra volunteers today, including a big mob of children. We worked on the veggie garden: weeding, composting and mulching, preparing for spring planting. We have six varieties of potatoes to plant and Verity has taken home some seeds to get some seed propagation happening.
We also prepared one of the beds for the Children’s Cottage who will be coming down regularly for a play and a bit of gardening as the weather warms up. They will also be installing a big box of garden and sand toys for community use near the sand pit.
Amanda kindly donated a bunch of flowers that she and Christian have planted around the shed for a bit of colour. We are all working at getting the gardens looking gorgeous for Festival of Joy (7th of October), our annual celebration of community, creativity and sustainability. (More details to come soon!)
Sarah also went to the Edible Garden Festival meeting, we will be part of this festival next year. Stay posted for more details about that too:)
Its time to share the harvest!!!
Saturday 13th of May from 10am til 2pm
Bring along garden produce, baked goods, clothes, tools, technology, seedlings, seeds, cuttings, books, artworks, kitchenware, and craft, ANYTHING you are ready to pass on, swap and/or share. Its kind of like a market where barter is the only currency (no cash to pass hands;)
How does it work?
Bring a blanket, place your goods on it. Check out what other people have to swap. When you see something you would like, invite that person to come and find something they need/want from you. Swap and enjoy!
Please take anything you don’t swap with you!!!
Spring has almost passed and what a lovely few months it has been! We kicked it off with a truly beautiful and busy Festival of Joy filled with great local music, delicious food, inspiring workshops and great company, not to mention the glorious weather and the blossoms! Thanks to everyone who was involved in making it such a special day!
We held our first monthly Sunday working bee with a great turn out. We blitzed the medicinal herb garden, shared treats and conversation, followed by an epic wood fired pizza session, with Kim from Cherrymoon leading the way with her incredible sourdough pizzas! These sessions will continue to be held on the 1st Sunday of the month, the next being Sunday the 4th of December from 10am. Everyone is welcome to come along and get involved. Please bring some gloves, hat, water bottle and something to add to woodfired pizza!
We are excited to have Steve Fleischman running a monthly seasonal kitchen garden workshop on the 1st Friday of the Month. The next one will be on Friday the 2nd of December from 9 am-12. Steve has worked around the world with various forms of gardening and it is his mission to get everyone growing food! He has such a wealth of knowledge to share whether you are wanting to brush up on season gardening tasks or start your first garden. Workshops cost $20.
On Sunday 27th of November Lloyd Sharp is running a Medicinal Gardening Workshop from 10-1. This will be the first of a 2 part series focusing on planning, preparing and plant knowledge. Lloyd was instrumental in designing and creating the existing medicinal herb garden along with many other aspects of the community garden. He has a wealth of knowledge to share and is offering this workshop for free! He is also involved with the Blue Mountains Seed Savers Network and will have some seeds available for purchase on the day.
Finally, we continue to meet every Friday from 10am. This working bee is open to everyone whether you need some space to grow food, you want to learn or just make some new friends. Come along and join in:)
Spring must be coming because things are getting busy in the gardens! We have some exciting events and workshops coming up:
Saturday 10th of September @ 10am- 11am- Join Kane Moonen for a discussion around ‘Walking with Nature’: working with nature in the garden and in our lives.
Saturday 17th of September @ 10am- 2pm- A hands on workshop on preparing garden space for spring planting with permie Mick Owen. This workshop is free but please book in with Mick: 0409047487
Sunday 9th of October @ 11am- 5pm- Festival of Joy!!! A celebration of community, creativity and sustainability. If you would like to perform, give a workshop or just be involved contact Sarah: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also continue to meet every Friday at 10am for our weekly working bee. Currently we are mulching the Fruit Forest, sowing seeds for spring and preparing for Festival of Joy. Everyone is welcome!
The Blog has been quiet for a while, but the community garden has been full of action!
We were recently invited to cater for a human rights for LGBTIQ event organised by the Elizabeth Evatt Legal Centre and the Katoomba Neighbourhood Center (KNC). This was a particularly exciting opportunity as we have some amazing chefs who are volunteering with us at the moment (one of which-Kim- you may find cooking up a storm outside the coop on a regular basis!) It was a wonderful experience creating meals around what we are growing in the community garden and providing local, fresh and delicious food to such satisfied customers.
The profits from this catering will go towards the garden, and what’s more it looks like it may be the beginning of a delicious relationship between the community garden and the KNC as we have been invited to come back for catering in the future!
Autumn has passed quickly, the leaves have fallen and the Winter sun is filtering through the bare branches of the fruit trees, some of which have been pruned, ready for Spring flowering and fruiting.
After a long dry spell, the big rains have filled the creek with water. It looks amazing! Fred, Leon and Michael have been working on another pond up stream, including an island. We have had some ducks visiting, perhaps checking it out as a possible home? If you haven’t seen the creek restoration before, wander down now and check it out. It is impressive.
We have lots of Winter veg happening from broad beans, carrots, kale, salads, onions, garlic, broccoli, cabbage and peas, among others.
Working bees continue to be on Friday’s from 10am, with shared soup for lunch. Everyone is welcome to come along. See you there!