On August 4th we opened our gates to welcome in our members and local residents to celebrate the passing of the Winter Solstice.
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.
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:
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.
Well, some of you were planning to come to our Winter Solstice Party and Pruning Demonstration in June until the skies opened and 300mm of rain later we felt we had to either celebrate in wetsuits or postpone to another date.
So…. let’s try again, this time on Sunday, 4th August from 10.30am!
Instant Garden Bed from Prunings
Entry is by gold coin donation – the cheapest cup of warming tea/coffee in town.
We will still be celebrating around 1.00pm with a roast lunch using local produce cooked in our wood-fired pizza oven (members – no charge, non-members $7.00)
But while that’s cooking, around 11.00am we plan to build a hugel kultur garden bed. Read on …
Joanne Dodd of Lightfoot Education will demonstrate how to use all your winter prunings in the creation of a new raised vegetable bed. Joanne has been running workshops on a variety of sustainable living topics like beekeeping, backyard food growing, chooks in the backyard, etc. In fact, it is worth a visit to her terrific website: www.lightfooteducation.com.au
Here is a photo of the hugel kultur bed in Joanne’s backyard:
What a terrific way to re-use your backyard prunings. A waste product becomes a resource! And hopefully more organically produced food.
For further info you can contact Jill on (0414)545735
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…..