Lots of Prizes for our Organically Grown Veges & Fruit

For the last few years we have entered our best quality fruit and vegetables grown at the community garden in the Moss Vale Agricultural Show This year we entered 29 exhibits in the pavilion and won 22 prizes, including the sash for most successful exhibitor in the Fruit category.

Look at all those winning entries!
Look at all those winning entries!

It’s a fun thing to get involved with and, we think, an important tradition to support.  Hopefully, over the coming years we will see more locals getting back to growing veges and fruit in their own backyards and entering them in the local agricultural shows.  They used to engender lots of hot competition between regular exhibitors (the biggest pumpkin or the best compost) which can only lead to improved quality of food crops exhibited.  The thrill of seeing a blue ribbon attached to your exhibit is not to be underestimated!

Moss Vale Community Garden will be there again next year, hoping for lots of prizes and also hoping that the pavilion tables will be spilling over with impressive specimens of locally produced fruit & veges of all shapes and sizes.

It’s a great activity for all the family!Basket of Organic Show Veges  Everyone, all ages, can get involved!

Our basket of six distinctly different types of vegetables.

Bug Motels at Schools Environment Day

In October, the Community Garden was invited by Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Environment & Sustainability Department to present a couple of activities relating to gardening and the environment.  And what a great day it was, with a wide diversity of activities being presented to a large number of local years 5&6 school children from around the Shire.

Fantastic interactive display of Australian native birds to entertain kids and adults alike!
Fantastic interactive display of Australian native birds to entertain kids and adults alike!

We decided to:

a)  Build a Beneficial Bug Motel that the kids could take back to school and put into the school garden to create habitat for predatory and pollinating insects.  The main benefit is that kids can understand that there is no need to spray pesticides when there are natural means of pest control like this.

A proud group of years 5&6 display their newly made beneficial bug motel.
A proud group of years 5&6 display their newly made beneficial bug motel.

b)  Build a worm tower and discuss the benefits of keeping worms in your backyard to help with soil fertility in your garden whilst recycling amazing amounts of diverse organic materials that are often seen as waste and sent off site.

All set for the Build a Worm Tower activity
All set for the Build a Worm Tower activity

What a great surprise when Costa Georgiadis turned up on the Day and inspired the kids (and the adults) with his enthusiastic pep talk on the role of the kids in the protection and enhancement of our local environment!

Costa Georgiadis captured the attention of the school kids with his enthusiastic approach to the environment.

Costa Georgiadis captured the attention of the school kids with his enthusiastic approach to the environment.

It was an enjoyable, educational and well-executed event which will hopefully be repeated in the years to come.  Here is one of the groups of students proudly displaying their newly-completed Beneficial Bug Motel.

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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.

 

 

 

WE HAVE A NEW DRIVEWAY!

No more vehicles getting bogged going in or out of the Community Garden.
No more vehicles getting bogged going in or out of the Community Garden.

Moss Vale Community Garden has a new driveway from Railway Street to its entrance gates thanks to the generosity of Wingecarribee Shire Council.  Until recently, access for vehicles delivering potting mixes and garden materials, or cars loading trailers with plants for sale at the local fund-raising market stall, had to negotiate a boggy, potholed and often slippery unmade pathway.  Now, the new driveway has taken the anxiety out of the short trip from road to garden gate.

The Community Garden is a local not-for-profit association run solely by volunteers fundraising to continue the development of the Garden, and because a dedicated driveway was not high on the list of priorities due to the potential cost and competition for the meager funds we raise from plant sales from other needed onsite projects, it has been a great boon to us that Council has built the driveway for us.

An unintended benefit is that the driveway draws the attention of passing pedestrians and traffic towards the garden which is currently set back and, for some, difficult to locate.  This, too, is about to change thanks to Wingecarribee Shire Councillors’ recent approval of an extension to the Community Garden boundaries.  This means that the proposed new fenceline will extend down to Railway Street itself and allow the community garden not only the space to grow more organic fruit and vegetables, but also to have a physical presence more obvious to passersby.  As the Garden hosts people volunteering via Centrelink and Volwing, as well as providing horticultural therapy for disability groups, it is important that it is easy to find.

Our "yellow brick road".
Our “yellow brick road”.

The Community Garden committee wishes to thank the General Manager of Council, Council’s Environment and Sustainability department and the Enviro Levy for making this important contribution to the future development and ease of access to this community asset.

If you would like to find out what happens at Moss Vale Community Garden on Wednesdays from 9.30am and Fridays from 10.30am, why not drop in to see us.  We are in Railway St, Moss Vale next to the public tennis courts.  We welcome people of all ages, abilities and cultures and you don’t need any experience at gardening.

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