Category Archives: Public Open Days

World Environment Week Open Day

Moss Vale Community Garden would like to invite you to our open day on Saturday 10th June from 10am to celebrate World Environment Week.

Come along and check out the environmentally sound elements in the Garden including: solar power; systems for catching, storing and using rainwater; strawbale building and sustainable gardening practices like organic soil improvement and non-toxic pest control.

If you like getting your hands dirty:

  • we will be setting up a brand new ($60) worm farm we will be raffling for some lucky person to take home.
  • you can take part in helping build a “hot bed” into which we will plant some vege seeds which will rocket out of the warm soil despite the chilly winter weather.

And then there will be wood-fired pizzas for lunch…….

Please check out the attached flyer (click here) for details.

Look forward to seeing you there!

THINK GLOBAL  –  GROW LOCAL!

Regards,

Jill and the Garden Gang

Spring into the Vege Patch

Rosina demonstrating worm farms at a previous open day
Rosina demonstrating worm farms at a previous open day

When: 10.00am – 2pm, Sunday 23rd October 2016
Where: 9-13 Railway Street, Moss Vale
What: Various activities including creating a vege patch from scratch, worm farm demo, solar energy talk & chooks in the back yard Q&A.
Cost: Gold coin donation.
Lunch: $8 – includes pizza slices from our wood-fired pizza oven

REMINDER: Coming up next Wednesday is the Suncrowd Community Solar information night. Have you RSVPed?

WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION – OPEN DAY

Our pallet bed in flower.
Our pallet bed in flower around our compost bays.

WINTER SOLSTICE
OPEN DAY INVITATION

Our community garden is becoming more productive every year and we like to celebrate a good harvest on the shortest day of the year.  Why not come down for a tour and celebrate with us as we demonstrate making compost and pruning our deciduous fruit trees?

When: 10.30am – 2.30pm Sunday 22rd June, 2014

Cost: Gold Coin donation: M/tea provided

A morning of activities including demonstrations of:
11am: making a hot compost pile
12.00 noon : winter fruit tree pruning

Lunch: Wood-fired Pizzas using local tomatoes
Members – No charge
Non members – $7

For further details: Jill (0414) 545735
www.mossvalecommunitygarden.org.au

Spring Open Day 2013 – All Welcome!

Moss Vale Community Garden invites you …..

 to our spring open day 

no-dig garden demo and

pizza lunch from the wood-fired oven

Where:  9-13 Railway Street,  Moss Vale

When:   Sunday  20th October, 2013 from 11.00am

Cost for pizza lunch:  $5 members,  $8 guests, $10 family  (please RSVP if you would like to come along so we can organise catering)

No Dig Garden demo commences around 11.30am followed by lunch.

All welcome!!!

Our new Solar Pergola, solar panel and productive garden beds.

Our new Solar Pergola, solar panel and productive garden beds.

 

 

 

From Prunings to Basket Bed in One Day

On August 4th we opened our gates to welcome in our members and local residents to celebrate the passing of the Winter Solstice.

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Joy stokes the fire ready for the beef & lamb roast to follow.

We fired up the pizza oven, which was going to cook a winter roast beef and roast lamb, as a change from pizzas.  Then as people arrived, we commenced the highlight of the day – a demonstration of how to use your winter whippy prunings to make a Hugel Kultur bed.  Its a great way to turn a waste garden product (prunings) into a resource you can use on-site whilst saving a trip to the Resource Recovery Centre.  It will become clearer as the photos will show below:

Jo Dodd, a local environmental educator, kindly agreed to give a demonstration of how to incorporate your prunings in your garden as a resource.  Here she is with the first stage of building the basket bed.

From prunings to basket bed 2
The first layer is thick cardboard to exclude the light and kill the grass. Thick sticks are poked into the ground to provide the base onto which the long whippy prunings will be woven.
The weaving begins, watched by the members and friends.
The weaving begins, watched by the members and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the sides increase in height, the twiggy smaller prunings are thrown into the centre.  These will be covered with garden mix before planting out to perennial species.

As the sides increase in height, the twiggy smaller prunings are thrown into the centre. These will be covered with garden mix before planting out to perennial species.

The final part of the wall weaving involves twining whippy prunings around the last few layers to tie them in and complete the basket bed.  See below:

Here's a completed one that Jo made earlier in her own backyard.
Here’s a completed one that Jo made earlier in her own backyard.  Kathi suggests we turn ours into a basket with handle filled with living herbs.  It is only a matter of time before it happens!

Jo’s website:  www.lightfooteducation.com.au

is a great local resource if you are looking for environmental ideas and local activities relating to sustainable agriculture and sustainable living.

Sorry!  No photos of our feast available – we were all too busy tucking into our roasts!  But here’s a photo of our morning tea cake.

Kathi's home made pannefort
Kathi’s home made pannefort