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 ...

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!


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.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

April Working Bee

Our garden was abuzz with the hum of Autumnal activity last Saturday morning. We were joined by some keen and very industrious new members including Nimita, Rachel, Sandy, Sean and Larry. Welcome aboard guys.

Tracey and Kati lead the way with some seedling planting which we plan to nurture and then give away to members of the local community to introduce them to the joys of gardening and our garden more specifically. We're now hand-raising rosemary, nasturtiums, kale, parsley and lettuce between the members hopefully with the plants being ready to give away to our neighbours in May.
Kati and Nimita planting seedlings
Nimita and Tracey planting in the beautiful sun
Sandie enjoying the seedling planting
Seedlings - ready to grow!
Cassie got busy de-snailing, cleaning, composting, cutting back the fallow and planting ground-cover between the pavers.
Cassie doing some all important composting
New member Rachel was very industrious getting into some planting (broccoli) and clearing her new bed. Whilst her garden bed mates plucked a fabulous looking sweet potato out of the ground. Proof that while the wait was long (planted in December) the wait was worth it!
Check out that baby!

Kati doing the groundwork
Kati was also seen planting Kale and Broadbeans to join the recently planted Kumera.

As always we were fed by the very talented Twig team (big thumbs up to the fruit punch.
John guards his tasty snack from Larry's keen eye
And finally in sad news (for us), Janet Verden and her family leave the neighbourhood soon. They're off on a big adventure to live in Holland. We wish them all the best and thank Janet for all her hard work over the past few years. Her contribution was critical in getting the garden up and running and her commitment along the way has helped keep it growing. Have fun in Amsterdam and please send a postcard!
Janet with Hugo (left) and holding Gemma

See you next month gardeners!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Everything's coming up ... pumpkins!

Because of the holiday season, yesterday I watered a few beds as well as the fallows. I don't mind watering because I get to see what's going on. The garden is soooooo lush right now it's almost difficult to really see what's going on. But here's a couple of newbies that did stand out:

Look - the Hungarian Wax Chilli! According to our Head Gardener, this very pretty chilli (which I think looks a bit elfish) is closest to the capsicum when picked. It may have mild-moderate heat if kept for a while, or if it ripens in hot conditions. If Sydney keeps warming up I think we can count on mild-moderate. Hmmm, I'm thinking a nice little jam.

And what about our luscious strawberries, which along with cherry tomotoes are in abundance. Honestly, I've never tasted anything like them - sweet, sweet sweet - I guess it's because they haven't seen the inside of a supermarket or fridge - and they won't whilst I'm around either - they are too, too good!

And looky what's shooting up in the root bed, and the Twig bed also:

Regretably, seems our neighbours have noticed as well because there's been some stripping of the, not quite ripened, corn. Personally, I hope the thieves get BIG stomach aches.

And look at these babies, flourishing in the root bed:

Tom said the root bed didn't actually plant pumpkin, it seems the compost made a special delivery ... remember I mentioned earlier that I couldn't see what was growing in our lush garden - realise that lushness is largely pumpkin:

Exhibit 1 - the herb bed

Exhibit 2 - the shady bed

Exhibit 3 - hovering very close to the North Bed

Exhibit 4 - that would be the Twig Bed

Exibit 5 - and what's that taking up a corner of the Main bed?

Exhibit 6 - not enough room in the garden so spilling over the north facing fence:

Start dusting off some pumpkin recipes boys and girls - think we'll be feasting on pumpkin jam, pumpkin salad, pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice-cream at our February Harvest.

Have a fab week