Our New Nut Grove is Planted

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…..

Berrima Australia Day Stall – January 2013

The Girls (Jill, Rosina and Joy) showing off our potted food crops
The Girls (Jill, Rosina and Joy) showing off our potted food crops at the Australia Day Stall in Berrima, January 2013

The weather was relatively kind compared to last year’s event and we were lucky to have a shady site for our plant stall.  Our gazebo was overflowing with plants we have been propagating, ranging from various berries, dwarf heritage apples and figs to seedlings and herbs.

We love propagating unusual food crops too – like water chestnuts, cape gooseberries and taro.  Our diet has been dumbed-down over previous decades and it is important that we vary our diet to maintain good health.

We had a profitable day, helped by sharing a site with our Volunteering Wingecarribee friends.  Funds will go towards a replacement trailer (second-hand, of course) for the one stolen in early January.

Plant stall at the Australia Day celebrations in Berrima - Rosina and Jill manning the stall
Plant stall at the Australia Day celebrations in Berrima – Rosina and Jill manning the stall

Seniors Week Grant

Skill sharing across the generations
Skill sharing across the generations

We have just been informed that we have been successful in our application for grant money to run some gardening activities for our older shire residents.  This is to encourage seniors to continue gardening and sharing their skills despite any physical challenges – creaks and aches!

There are lots of new ways to garden at waist level and we will be demonstrating some of these on the day.  For example, raised beds and wall gardening.

Have you seen our trailer?

We’ve been robbed. Some time on 7/8 January thieves took:

Our stolen trailer C66206
Our hard-working trailer raising funds from a stall at Kazcare. Unluckily, the rego plate is behind the picture; Rego number C66206 .
  • our second-hand trailer
  • a newish mower
  • a beautifully restored garden bench (gift from a volunteer)
  • our historic yellow, non-kinking hose (plus some other hoses)
  • long electrical leads
  • sundry garden shovels and general tools (still working out what’s missing)

Police tell us it looks like a professional job, maybe with local help.

We’ve had break-ins before. They’re disheartening, but our little band of members carry on.

We’ll need to replace the stolen equipment, and contributions are welcome. We deliberately limit ourselves to second-hand and low-cost equipment so the only thieves we attract are stupid ones.