Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What a Swell Party!

Some happy snaps from a wonderful AGM dinner at Twig last Thursday. Thanks to everyone who chipped in to help make it a great night - and extra special thanks to our hosts Rainey and Richard, who provided not only an excellent meal, but set up a great atmosphere.

Guest speaker, Nick Ritar from Milkwood Permaculture gave us some great information on mushroom growing, as well as a very generous gift to use at our open day.

Just a reminder, the new committee:
Andrea (Twig), Cassie (Pipes), Jon (Main), Lydia (Herb), Mel (Pipes), Stephen (North), Tracey (Herb), Wade (Root)

President (Joint): Cassie and Mel
Communications: Tracey
Head Gardener: Jon
Treasurer: Lydia

Also, a big thank you to all committee members from 2013/14 including:
Kati, Stephen, Nicola, Jon, Mel, Lydia, Patrick, Wade and Tracey


 Our newest members

 Cute shirts!

 Tom and Callista

 3/4 of the Root Bed

 Big smiles!

 Katherine and Rachel

 Nick and Jon

 Nimita and her charming partner (sorry, sorry forgotten his name, but he's lovely!)

Herb bed queens!


 Kati and Evelyn

 Evelyn and Theresa

 Paul and Lydia

 Mel and Ian

Veronica from the Block


 Chris and Larry

 Patrick and Peter

 Stephen and George

Kati talking through nominations


Our new and old president(s)


 Nick talking mushrooms

 Thank you Rainey and Richard!

 Tamara talking sponsorship!

 I'm so excited! And I just can't hide it!

The two new prez's!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Visit from 'Gardening Australia'

Costa is lovely, so is his team Daniel (photographer), Gavin (Sound Guy) and Christal (Director/ Researcher). Big takeout, apparently 7 hours of filming results in 4 minutes of television time. Here's some happy snaps from this morning's recording.



A star is born!


Selfie with gardening glitterati!


Interview underway ...
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This is what it looks like on da screen!


Filming Kati and Chula


 Chula is a natural in front of the camera!


Kati shows the Gardening Australia audience how we prepare cuttings!


Cute half-beanie Callista!


Chickweed thinning in the main bed (hope that ended up in Herb Bed compost bin)!



TV crew Costa, Daniel, Gavin and Christal.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Red bananas

Finally…here's the 'before' and 'after' images of the yummy red bananas! They went super well with hazelnut, mango and coconut gelato…



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

June Working Bee

It seems that it rains almost every month when working bee day rolls around, but this time, the downpours of the past few days let up long enough for us to get our hands in the dirt!   As one of the token Americans in the group, I still can't get over how we can grow here in Sydney over the winter!

Check out some photos from the bee!


Tom and Callista inspecting their bed.  



Amanda is making sure everything looks good in the Shady bed!


Chris helped move compost around to the different bins.  We are making so much compost these days that we added an extra processing bin to help handle it all!


Tom and Callista helped to dismantle the netting over the arbour.  It was sad to see the pumpkin go, but the extra sunlight in that area will be great for the winter crops. 


Look at those smiles!  Jon and Tracey are having a good time. 


The broad beans in the Twig bed were staked.  


The concrete pipe was fixed up and replanted after a recent encounter with a neighbour. 


Another shot of the arbour team at work. 


We added a new compost bin where the lime tree used to be and had no problem filling it up!



Kati and Andrea of the Twig bed are enjoying the sunshine!  Andrea still can't believe there are flowers blooming in winter!  (Silly American!)


Lydia and Nimita are doing amazing work!  Lots of winter greens growing in there!

We accomplished a lot in a short amount of time and got to hang out (rain-free!) over Twig Cafe's fabulous morning tea.  Chris, our resident MD, gave us a great talk about garden first-aid and infectious disease prevention.  Tracey also gave everyone a fabulous tutorial on how to use the blog.  

Thanks for a great morning!  See you all next month!



Saturday, June 7, 2014

Some Cool Cool from May's Working Bee

Ian, you are a genius! Thank you!





May's Working Bee

Lots happening at May's working bee.
Amanda and Nimita taking a break - the Shady bed has been transformed since the chicken visit in March.


Jon reintroduced us to aspects of the gardens we might have lost touch with ... and Mel's there to make sure we're all listening.


We are!


Pretty!


More pretty!


Shady bed action!


Main compost re-allocated and ready to start again.


A late summer, and a very decent late harvest!


Finally, we planted, framed and netted some rhuburb.