Sunday, 12 March 2017

Chillout working bee

Fe, Luna and Fab stop by to say g'day.
Jono, Tim, Peri and Tom chop up the green waste for the compost lasagne.
Mara and Peri work with Ian Clarke on the street apples.
Tracy and Tim screen the aged compost to put on the beds.
Meg ('apparently a male stereotype is looking mean') and Woody.
Ian explains something to Greg, ahem Meg.
Patrick explains the art of compost laying to Tom (left) and Jono (right). Zero watches on, heard it all before.
Dallas tells us her family's history with apples.
Woody harvests onions and potatoes.
Said onions and potatoes.
Jono and Tom overhaul the compost bays.
Meg screens the compost.
Ian Clarke paints the woolly aphids with metho and carries out a light summer prune.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

All ages, activities and abilities (February working bee)

Each working bee Saturday (the second of every month), our two councillors Fiona Robson and Kate Redwood meet at the library for anyone to chat with them about particular issues concerning the shire. Hello Fiona!

 Pic: Mara Ripani

Community gardener Ian Clarke gave Kate an update on the library apples and why he and others are carrying out extensive work to get them back into health.

Pic: Mara Ripani

Patrick, who planted the apples back in 1999, takes Ian's summer prunnings down to the compost area to be shredded and turned into productive soil.

Pic: Mara Ripani

Meg pulls out old brassicas and also takes them down to the composting area.

Pic: Mara Ripani

While we are technical creatures, we are also mammals of place and have the legs to prove it.

Pic: Mara Ripani

Bridie, Dale and Jeremy chop and drop the green waste into fine pieces to get ready to set another compost.

Pic: Mara Ripani

Little people are always welcome to participate in the working bees. Watering is a favourite job in summer.

Pic: Mara Ripani

Bridie lends a hands and smile at the compost arena.

Pic: Mara Ripani

Patrick pulls spent brassicas,

Pic: Mara Ripani

 while Mara, with camera, captures the day's feel,

Pic: Mara Ripani

in many,

Pic: Mara Ripani


Pic: Mara Ripani


Pic: Mara Ripani

ways. 4 year-old Woody helped with the mowing,

Pic: Mara Ripani

and teenagers were even spotted being involved. Thanks Zeph!

Pic: Mara Ripani

Les and Fe helped save parsnip, coriander and rocket seeds,

Pic: Kirsten Bradley

while Fe was often doing multiple jobs at once.

Pic: Kirsten Bradley
Thanks to Kirsten and Mara for the great pictures and to everyone who showed up and once again transformed the Albert Street community garden. Thanks to Melissa, Sue and Karen for donations of straw and cane mulch. Next working bee coming up at DNC. Follow us on Facebook for more info or email Patrick (see right) to get the e-newsletters.

Friday, 20 January 2017

A slow to fruit, gentle summer (January working bee)

At another productive Albert Street working bee, Ian meets Mara while ridding the apple trees of wooly aphids.

Mara and Nick offload Mara's gift of horse manure.

Woody catches up with Alison, weeding the front perennial patch.

After pulling out the old broadbean shoots, Koen and Ruby address the errant grape vine.

Kirsten and Zero work in the seedling patch.

Sylvain thins the down-the-back bed while Nick attends to the materials for the compost.

Earlier in the week mysterious cockerels turned up in the garden (we think painted by Cat).

Woody heads towards the compost, an adventure unto itself.

Tim and Sylvain weed, thin and manure the down-the-back bed.

Zeph and Woody play rumble between spurts of helpful production.

Ruby, Ivan, Fiona and Rose clean up the east facing wall ready to replant.

Others who came to the working bee (but were not captured in a pic) include: Fe, Luna, Fab, Tom, Patrick and Ashar. We need a working bee photographer! Get in touch if that role interests you.

23 community participants contributed to this month's working bee. Thank you to all who help keep the gifts flowing in the community. See you next bee on Saturday February 11.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Gifts from the gods of the flowering earth

Fe Porter and Ant Petrucci kicked off the end of year festivities by donating a large white musical instrument to the Albert street garden for all comers to play. It is not a piano, in Ant's words, a piano can be tuned. It is a musical instrument, to be enjoyed as it slowly falls back to earth.

On New Year's Eve gardeners walked from all over the town to gather on Vincent Street.

We assembled as a small representative of the gardening community, to walk among other groups in the annual Daylesford NYE parade.

Around 2000 people turned up to witness and enjoy the historic parade, which included a brass band, superheroes, a tip scavengers' float, a pipe band, the CFA, SES and many others.

Cat came as a flower, David came as a gardener-forester in bright red PJs, and Su impersonated Willow the goat.

Zero came as, well, himself. Awesome dog!

Kirsten, Nick and Ashar came as the bee family — bee keeper, bee hive and bee.

It was a beautiful, hot night and we gardeners won the grand prize for best 'float'.

The $500 donated by the Bendigo Community Bank will go on our Wombat Hill Nursery account and keep us in the black in 2017.

Our next bee will be on Saturday February 11 at the Albert Street garden at 10am. Hope you can make it.

Wishing you all a lean, green and joyous year ahead.