Monday, November 7, 2011

Interesting article from Organic Gardener magazine

There is an interesting article in the latest edition of "Organic Gardener" magazine (November/December 2011), titled "Flower Power", which helps to explain the rationale behind our fallow area.

The article also contains a list of "What to plant now". The list is long so get planting!

Read the article here

November Working Bee

The garden was buzzing with activity on this gorgeous, sunny Saturday. The combination of rain and warmer weather has done wonders for our spring crops.

In addition to general gardening activities, members prepared more sections of the fallow area with newspaper and manure. A few brave volunteers attacked the compost bins by giving the material a good turn and re-mix.

A couple of new members have joined bed teams. Mish joins Melissa on the "Concrete Pipes" while Stephen joins the "North Bed", which will now be led by Robyn.

Congratulations to Leesa for becoming our new Education Co-ordinator.

Kati and Leesa harvested a bumper crop of pontiac potatoes and Hugo and Jess (a couple of our youngest members) harvested a bucket load of broad beans.

Thanks to Richard for sharing the shed design concept with everyone. Once members have had the opportunity to provide feedback, we look forward to setting up a pre-DA meeting with the City of Sydney to discuss our design.

Thanks to Jon, Kati & Leesa for answering some of our gardening questions and enlightening us about the art of tomato growing.

As always, everyone enjoyed the delicious brunch provided by Twig Cafe.

See you in December!

Doug Purdie on Bees

Bees are in trouble all around the world with Australia the last place on earth free from Varoa mite and Colony collapse disorder, the two major threats that kill 70% of the bees in the USA every year. Add to that insecticides and our bee populations are in serious decline. In the urban landscape we remove bee habitat constantly and as a result our urban bees are disappearing and our urban crops suffer from low yield because of low pollination.

The Urban Bee Hive places bee hives in community gardens rooftops and commercial spaces across urban Sydney, our aim is to produce a product with as few food miles as possible along with pollination support for the urban landscape.