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

Monday, December 30, 2013

What's been happening in the garden?

I was out of Sydney for most of December. On Saturday I dropped into JSRCG for some watering and pottering and blown away by the floral action that's taken place whilst I've been away.

This little baby's just grown up in fallow behind the herb bed's compost bin! At the moment it looks like an apple cucumber - but it's a Pepino.

Beautiful purple bug attractors near the James St gate!

Pyrethrum - one of the prettiest companion plants.

Some yummy cherry tomotoes (how do you spell 'tomato') in the root bed! There's an abundance of bush tomoto's as well - they're my new favourite.

Something citrusy to go with our gin-sies, hiding behind the root bed!

Pretty gorgeous, little red eggplants ... aren't they lovely? In the training bed.

Some more dreamy tomoatoes in the training bed!

Woo-hoo! Looks like sweet potato for all in the North Bed!

You'll need to magnify this little gem - but it's an abundance of fragrant and pretty mint pouring out onto the laneway. And wowser, the kiwi fruit's taking off again.

And a big Happy New Year to all the James Street Reserve Community Gardeners!

UPDATE (1/1/14): Caught up with Jon this morning, I made a few boo-boo's (particularly red-faced about mixing up pyrethrum with camomile). 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Organic Veggie Garden Course

Learn how to organically grow your own fruit and veg!

This inspiring course is suitable for complete beginners and the skills can be used in any home garden.

In this introductory course you will gain these essential skills;
* Organic integrated pest care
* Composting and worm farming
* Plant propogation
* How to water plants effectively
* Companion planting
* Creating wild fallow spaces
* Benefits of mulching
* Preparing the bed for planting
* Building basic support structures

Please email us with your name and contact number to to register your interest and we will send out details to you.

Learn why Molasses is                                                complimentary planting                                                         natural pest management
useful in the garden                                                     making use of small spaces

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Happy Snaps from September's Working Bee

Chris and Amanda surveying their efforts in the shady bed
watched over by Yvonne and Bub

Cassy supping on Cassy's excellent lemon cordial

Tom and Callista doing great work in the root bed
and oooh, much excitement in the background

Theresa, Tracey and Sophie having fun in the fallows
and the herb bed

Yu-um! Hard work deserves suitable nutrition
Thanks, as always, to wonderful Twig

Wumping Chris!

Wumping Kati!

A quiet moment - Yvonne and Bub

Sunday, August 18, 2013

August Working Bee

We had a beautiful crisp winter's morning for our August working bee.
The big bed team were all out in force, Richard helped to weed and new members helped to start a new potato bed
Nicola asked Jon to explain crop rotation.
The Big Bed Organised this working bee and a big lot of work was achieved, including a new path in the north of the garden.
and a new drain for the tap that will allow more planting and eliminate muddy shoes.

Most of the beds were working out what to plant for the forthcoming Spring
and everyone took the chance to catch up on the last month
Veronica got handy with the clippers and Ren helped his mum.

Jon showed his expert digging technique

Mel explained the benefits of the gardening belt

and Amanda and Chris pitched in despite injuries.
Thanks Yvonne for organising the bee and making sure everything was tidy at the end!