Tuesday, 12 August 2014

August bee: winter work


A small of group us of spent an industrious morning getting stuck into some basic maintenance in the garden, which had a somewhat neglected and soggy weather-worn aspect… Collectively we mowed, weeded, clipped, tidied, distributed mature compost, and generally prepared for a big spring season starting with the September bee on Saturday 13th.





A bit of chat: Tony, Lena, Alison
A couple of tosses

Active were Tony, Alison, Lena, Ian, Tom with Hannah, and Renee. Plenty of chatting as usual, added to by Jo, Pete, Kath, Liz, Bria, Vivienne, Ant and Fe with Luna, who all dropped in at various times during the morning.

Alison nourished us with this great snack
Hannah was excited

Tom and Tony

Renee, Hannah and Lena

Weeded lettuce and coriander

Tidied compost
Vivienne, Fe, Lena, Ant & Luna




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VALE AGNES
2 • 8 • 2014

Dear Agnes, a regular and eager, wagging, licking, nudging, sniffing, burying, digging and loving supporter of gardens and gardeners alike, left us during the first week of August. She was named after local gardner Agnes Saffron (nee Kirby). Many plants in people's gardens originated from Agnes Kirby's soil, and hence may have found their way into the community garden via cuttings and seeds. Their spirit will be enjoyed for years to come.
Heartfelt condolences to Tom, Hannah, Bria and all those who loved to share her company.
May both Agnes's remind us of the connections between culture and nature that help us to find home.


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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Saturday July 12 mid-winter bee


Even though the skies had cleared after a week of closed-in weather, at 3 degrees it was definitely a mid-winter morning in the garden.
For awhile Jo and Ian were wondering if there would be any others...

... until Yael and Akira appeared...


followed by Pete...

... then Danny with visiting UK woofer Megan.


Hello Megan and Danny!
The garden itself was sodden and quite dormant… not much growth, except around the 'food scraps here' slot of the compost pile.
So, apart from yarning, we tidied up the compost, spread around some leaf mulch, fed the bigger worm farm and did some maintenance on, refreshed and moved the smaller one from the western to the eastern fence… and at the end of the morning Danny and Megan left with a heap of worm castings to take home to Blampied where Danny is establishing a small organic farm.






Our morning's exertions were observed by an incessantly active family of silver eyes (who were hard to catch on camera!)


Of special interest this month was Akira's remarkable kangaroo-mum-&-joey back pack…
plus, it was hard not to notice, and speculate on this colourful wind vane that has arrived atop a plant support frame… it shows all the signs of a strong weather-beating, with East spun 180°, South knocked flat, West headed South, but North persisting… a sign of times to come perhaps?



Next working bee: Saturday 9 August


Sunday, 22 June 2014

Next working bee and meeting: Saturday 12 July – 2nd Saturday of the month!

At the last bee we discussed options for the next DCFG meeting, and it was decided to combine the meeting with the working bee... do the work, then talk over any issues or actions that we need to be thinking about and considering. (eg. there are lease renewals for Albert Street & Rea Lands coming up in September). If the weather is dry we will have the meeting onsite at Albert Street right after the bee...  if wet / freezing, we can adjourn to either the library or a nearly cafĂ©. See you then and see you there: Saturday 12 July – 2nd Saturday of the month!

Monday, 16 June 2014

June bee: a whirl of gardeners

Making-up for last month's wash-out, people got busy for the year's first real winter working bee, and fortunately the weather was good.
It was high energy input from gardeners of all ages including Yael with Essie & Akira, Jo, Tony, Lena, Renee, Dora, Ian, Brett (visiting on a break from Medecins sans Frontieres and considering his next move), Jeremy & Tia with Jasper & Arden, Antony & Fiona with Luna, Luke & Kate with Edie & Isla. Vegies were dug, died back plants came out, beds were cleaned up, weeded and mulched, edges cleared, the seed bed was thinned with selected seedlings migrating to other beds. A background narrative of the morning was addressing the piles of compost that had built up over the last two months... Tony and Jeremy were on it consistently with help from Lena, Fiona, Antony, Jo, Brett, Luke and others. A whirl of activity swept through the garden... pictures give a glimpse of our industrious morning.


Artichokes galore were dug: Akira, Essie (with dirt on her hands) & Lena 
Lots of chatting:  Kate, Tia, Fiona, Luna & Arden / Brett & Maureen
Tia &Yael / Lena & Luke
Dora brought organic Pink Lady apples from home 
Pink Lady appreciation society considers these apples seriously good... almost lost for words!
Ant, Brett, Jo, Alison 

Renee, Yael, Ant

Jo (at a serious moment) Alison & Brett (artichoking)

Luna, Arden, Tia & Fiona thinning seedlings

Transplanted lettuces

Dora, Alison


Compost awaiting attention

Tony, our man on the ground

Joined by Jeremy

Lena adds to raw materials
Luke & Jo bringing straw


The straw was powdery so masks were needed

Brett & Jo get down & tidy up!
Finished!

This month's new life form, & worm of the day... (hand models Brett & Jasper)
and as the world turns around her...  Isla sleeps