In early April, I was invited to Mittagong Garden Club to talk about community gardening. It was great to see a room crowded with keen gardeners, some of whose faces were familiar to me. The following Friday, the members of Mittagong Garden Club were invited to have a tour of Moss Vale Community Garden to see what sorts of activities we get up to.
Luckily the weather held out and we were able to have a cup of tea and a biscuit followed by a tour of some of the features of our garden. The strawbale shelter was of particular interest, as was the pizza oven and our new raised wicking beds.
Autumn is a great time to show gardens off. We still had masses of tomatoes and several varieties of dwarf apples fruiting in amongst all the salad greens and berries. We are going to share some of our bell lantern chilli seeds with the Mittagong gardeners so they can spread the intriguing looking chilli around the Highlands. That will ensure it’s survival in our area.
Welcome to all Seniors on Wednesday 20th and Friday 22nd March.
We are running two days of demonstrations and activities to celebrate Senior’s Week. Meet the Garden volunteers and trial different gardening techniques that make it easier for seniors to get back into the garden.
We are now opening for half a day on the first Sunday of the month (bar January). Recently we had our February open Sunday and despite a small group attending (an all-girl event this time), we got a big output for the day.
Firstly, we must thank friends of our community garden, Jim and Lauren Gleeson from Filbert Farm, who kindly donated six advanced hazelnut trees recently to start our proposed nut grove. We hope to add other nut varieties in time.
Hazelnuts are not self-pollinating – in fact you need specific pollinators for each variety. As they are wind pollinated, we planted them in a special pattern to aid pollination and ensure a future nut harvest.
As the soil is soft from recent February rains, we took advantage and worked hard to dig the large holes required. Into these holes we added our compost to heel the root ball in before watering with a weak Seasol solution to minimise transplant shock.
Below you will see a gallery of photos showing Judy, Joy, Jo, Kathi and Natalie helping to create future food for our local community. We look forward to a nutty feast early next year…..
We are now opening for the first Sunday of each month (except January). At our inaugural Sunday opening, we ran a sheet mulching/creating instant garden beds on grass demonstration and made a new scarecrow – Eileen (I LEAN – get it?!)
Kimberly Elliot and young Tom very kindly donated a shell sandpit (plus the sand) to the community garden and it was an instant hit with the kids! Thanks Kimba!
Helped by two enthusiastic young future gardeners, we planted some spuds under straw directly on top of existing grass – instant garden bed and a crop of spuds at the end of the growing season. How bad?? Lazy gardening is a smart approach – saves your back and minimizes disruption to the soil biota. As it is Spring, we also transplanted seedlings of our spring veggies.
One of the day’s highlights was firing up our pizza oven and having participants make their own pizzas to go into our wood oven. Yummmm.
Despite the threat of wet weather, many people came along to get involved in activities and were rewarded with a dry day. Here are some photos from the occasion.