Category Archives: General

Apple Tree Relocation

The Garden had to move some heritage apple trees to make room for a new fence with the tennis club. Here’s the pictorial story:

  1. Waiting for relocation >>>

2. Preparing the new beds to receive the apple trees into the anti-aviary >>>

3. On its way, slowly! >>>

4. Carefully removing the tree from the front end loader >>>

5. Placing the apple tree into the prepared garden bed >>>

6. All done. >>>

In the end, we have happy trees and relieved gardeners.

International Composting Week

Be Waste Wise in Wingecarribee.

As part of International Composting Week, Moss Vale Community Garden is hosting a tour and demonstration of Hot Composting.

When: Thursday 9 May, 10.30am-12 noon.

Be sure to check out the other composting demonstrations at the Four Seasons Community Garden in Bowral (Sunday 5 May, 10 am – 12 noon) and Resource Recovery Centre in Moss Vale (Saturday 11th May, 10 am -1.00pm).

More details here: Composting week details 2019


Earth Goddess and Woman of Great Splendour, Wit & Beauty

What a fortunate day it was for us in 2012 when Rosina Buckman came to Moss Vale Community Garden, bringing with her a bounty of information about Permaculture practices, propagation, seed-saving, seed-raising and soil improvement strategies, amongst other things.  She soon whipped us into shape!

She immediately took on the role of Education Officer on our committee and sprang into action at our Open Days, volunteering to run worm farm demonstrations and seed saving talks.  Her depth of knowledge on these things was such that she was approached by the Wingecarribee Council Waste Education Officer to run talks and demonstrations at the Moss Vale Resource Recovery Centre.  I believe she substantially increased the use of backyard worm farms in the Shire with her “Mrs Chop Chop” worm farm demos, empowering people to play their part in reducing waste.  She also made a splash with her worm demos at the Bowral Home & Garden Shows.

At the Community Garden, Rosina also took on the task of setting up and managing our seed raising and seedling production, streamlining it using moon planting techniques to create healthy, happy food plants.  She would take seeds and materials home also and raise seedlings in her hothouse to bring back ready for sale on our market stall.  Plant sales being our main source of income, Rosina was instrumental in helping us stay afloat financially.  And every one of our members knows about “Rosina’s Magic Potion”, now an integral part of our seed-raising process.

Not only was she a woman of integrity and intellect, she was great fun and liked to be a little wicked with her sense of humour.  She did love a party and cooked up a storm when we were having a celebration. We really missed her company when she was off jet setting to the Green School in Bali to run workshops or heading up north to catch up with friends from a previous life.

So, it is with great sadness for us that the world has lost an amazing lady who had enough lust for life and environmental activism to put a teenager to shame.  We will undoubtedly miss the sight of Rosina and her partner in crime, Vallee, wandering into the Garden, arms full of seedling trays brimming with healthy, soon-to-become organic veges.


Jill Cockram

On behalf of all her friends at Moss Vale Community Garden

9th May 2018

new members digging in

The Carbone family came to our rescue last week when Tom (chef at a 5-star Qld restaurant), his partner Gaby and his Mum, Rosie put together a spectacular lunch from our garden beds for our hot & hungry members.

Meanwhile, our new members, Andy Carbone, Candice, Banjo & Tex joined us in the midday sun, weeding & re-mulching our side path.  Looks great, in time for the Grow Cook Eat festival in March.

Sue and David Campin spent a hot couple of hours mulching our impressive mountain of detritus ready for our next-compost making activity. 

Thanks folks.