Monday, 22 September 2014

Saturday 13 September: a sunny spring morning filled with work, talk & play

Enthusiastic gardeners and players relishing the glorious sunshine included: Tony, Maureen, Pete, Sam & Ayumi with Saaci, Tracey, Ian, Lena, Luke with Edie & Isla, Yael & Matt with Dante & Essie, Bridie with Jaya, Dora, Dave, Kevin, Antony & Fiona with Luna, Caroline with Bea, Nicola, Alison and lots of visitors... below: glimpses of the morning in pictures...

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Update: Bridport Street retaining wall and bush shelter

Spring has arrived in Bridport St. with a facelift to wall plantings and bus shelter cushions!

Lena at work...

...and play 

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


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.


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