Edible Gardens Festival

We are very excitedly getting ready for the inaugural Blue Mountains Edible Gardens Festival! The festival includes an Edible Gardens Trail that goes from Lapstone to Hartley. There are home gardens, commercial garden, verge gardens, school gardens and our favourite,  Community Gardens!!! We will be busy showing people around, drinking cups of tea and doing to odd spot of gardening all weekend from 10-4 both days. You can check out the trail map here: goo.gl/CWZP6F and buy tickets online from Lyttleton or in store at the Coop Little Shop among other places.

As part of the festival we are also hosting a Seed Saving Workshop and Seed Swap in collaboration with the Mid Mountains Seed Savers Network. This is just one of the great events happening, the will also be activities for children at Kindlehill School on Sunday Morning and a workshop at Lyttleton for those who want to get there own edible garden going.

We will also be at this great dinner and panel discussion on local food sovereignty featuring women who are making waves in the food system in the Blue Mountains. Seating is limited so jump on to the Lyttleton website and grab your ticket asap! http://www.lyttletonstores.com.au/edible-garden-festival/. You can read about it in the Gazette too: http://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au/story/5246474/edible-garden-trail-just-the-ticket/

Its going to be a great weekend!!!



Friday Working Bee 2nd Feb


Wowee such a great working bee today! We made the most of the chilly weather (Autumn already??? surely not…) and got busy in the northern end of the gardens which is currently the sunny side.

Jed, Fred and Michael got up the beginnings of our northern water catching system! There is no life with out water and we can’t wait to be collecting ours from the rain.

The rest of us had a tree care morning, weeding, composting and mulching around the little fruit trees in the northern end. Some of the poor citrus and feijoa trees have been completely smothered by grass, so hopefully they are back with a fighting chance.

Plums and peaches are coming on now, along with raspberries, tomatoes, beans, corn, potatoes and zucchinis. Look how cute these baby zucchinis are, like little yellow pixies in among the leaves!


This Sunday is our Monthly weekend working bee. Hope to see you there, it should be a lovely day for gardening:)


February Happening in the Garden

We are headed for a busy week in the gardens. Here are some of the events that we will be hosting this month. Hope to see you there!

This Thursday (1st of Feb)- The first of a series of community full moon events. Each month will be facilitated by a different member of the community, this month Jane Meredith is bringing her magic from 8pm. These events are open to everyone, check out the details here.

On Friday (2nd of Feb)  the wonderful Steve Fleischmann returns with his monthly grow your own workshop. Come along and learn about seasonal tasks to get your home garden flourishing. More details here.

Finally on Sunday we have our monthly weekend working bee from 10am-1pm. Everyone is welcome to join us as we work on various task through out the community garden. We have lots to do as we get ready for the inaugural Blue Mountains Edible Gardens Festival .

We continue to have weekly working bees every Friday from 9am -1pm, where we are currently planning for autumn and harvesting fruit and veg along with other garden tasks. Everyone is welcome!

As we approach the end of the year, there is still a small gang of keen gardeners working away in the garden!

Today was all about apples!!! The first early season apples are ripe enough to taste. Beauty of Bath and Bella Vista are two of the varieties we tried, crisp and juicy. The Bella Vista are the most beautiful luminous pale green, although apparently they do turn red. I doubt they will have a chance in our garden.

The Cockatoos and Rosellas have knocked most of the harvest to the ground, so if you are someone with animals who would like some fallen organic apples, grab a bucket and come collect some (from the ground only please)! We spent a fair amount of time collecting them for composting today, it would be great to see them used more efficiently (happy to exchange for a bag of animal manure:).

We also did the usual jobs, chopping and dropping comfrey around the fruit trees, stirring compost, sowing seeds, watering, making lunch, eating strawberries, mowing paths, drinking tea and working on the southern wildlife corridor. Amanda is also getting in among the fruit trees near the kids area, preparing to plant some flowers.

It has been such a beautiful year in the garden, we hope more people will come down and make it their garden in the new year as we continue to grow and flourish. You are always welcome!

Thank you to all the people who work, play, celebrate, share, eat, plant and relax in the community garden, you are what make it community. Also big thanks to all the other life we work with from the microorganisms in the soil to the bountiful fruit trees to the cheeky cockatoos (yes, even you apple thieves.) And with endless gratitude to this beautiful land we work on, the land of the Gundungurra and Darug people.

Happy new year and see you in the garden.

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:)