Monday, July 30, 2012

Our Super Shed!



Over the weekend, the amazing Dave with some assistance from Paul (Nicola's husband), Mick and Richard built our long awaited shed. It has been well worth the wait!

Constructed from reclaimed building products, our shed is full of character and sits perfectly in the back corner of our garden.  

The shed has many features, including a pitched roof and guttering to capture water for our new tank, metal meshing in the top section of the door that enables people to see inside the shed to deter break-ins, a solid roof that can house a bee hive and a fold down table (still to be constructed).

To adhere to City of Sydney requirements, the shed is 900mm from the adjacent boundaries.  To prevent undesirable activity behind the shed, this area will be fenced off and will double as an additional storage area (ie. for our wheelbarrow etc).

The work to complete the inside of our shed, to make it operational, will begin soon. 

Thanks to Richard for the great design, the procurement and project management and Dave, once again, for building us this super shed. 

Ed's Back

Ed, our fabulous scarecrow disappeared about a year ago.  Then completely out of the last week, Ed was back!  He was looking a bit worse for wear but back safe and sound.  The big question is where has Ed been?? A round-the-world trip perhaps?? 

Welcome home, Ed!

Monday, July 23, 2012

July Working Bee

On a very chilly morning, members gathered for our July working bee.  

The highlight was an education session by our amazing Jon about pruning the Almond Tree.  Who knew there was so much science behind cutting off branches?? Anyone keen to learn more about the art of pruning might like to buy copies of Jon's recommended reference books (see below).

There was an official Seed Queen handover from Ev to Melissa.  Thanks again Ev for all your hard work to establish and maintain this important role over the last 12 months.  Good luck Melissa - We know both the seeds and us are in good hands!  

Thanks as always to the wonderful Twig Cafe for keeping us so well nourished. 

We were all very excited to note that by next working bee, we will have a shed!!!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Indira Naidoo visits our Garden

On a beautiful winter morning at the end of June, members were invited to attend a Garden Life event featuring Indira Naidoo.  She demonstrating how to create a productive vegetable garden in pots on your balcony and terrace.  She also shared with us her thoughts and experiences on the benfits on gardening to the individual, the community and the world at large.

She also made some delicious pesto, which we got to taste.

Indira willingly signed copies of her new book "The Edible Balcony" before visiting our garden. 

We are delighted to advise that Indira will be the guest speaker at our Annual General Meeting this August.