Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Convivial June bee

The winter weather favoured us with a warm day for the June bee… and gardeners and visitors included: Lena, Patrick with Woody, Tony, Ian, Anne Tamblyn and Keira Lockyer from U3A (who are gathering material on DCFG for a chapter in an upcoming community publication), Tia and Jeremy with Jasper and Arden, first-timer Leila, Sarah with tiny Ruby, Mara, Christian, Diana, Meg and Alison.

In the main it was a day of maintenance, some bed preparation and planting, lots of weeding, thinning, removing exhausted plants such as tomatoes (after gathering the green ones), mowing, collecting stakes, compost turning, mixing and adding. While there is always lots of social warming, today's bee seemed exceptionally companionable, with conversations, smiles and laughter aplenty. The morning's pics. . .

Patrick, Lena, Tony
Patrick, Lena

Lena, Arden, Patrick, Woody, Anne, Kiera
Arden (far left), Anne, Kiera, Woody, Jasper... and others in the background
Tia, Leila... (welcome to Daylesford!)
Keira (back), Tony, Jeremy (mandolin discussion)

Anne, Patrick

Ruby, Sarah, Lena, Anne, Patrick

Arden, Woody, Jasper

Ruby, Sarah, Tia, Leila
Mara, Tia, Lena, Leila, Anne, Kiera, Tony

Woody inspects the firm green tomatoes
Patrick, Mara, Tony & Tia bending, Christian

Tony, Christian, Leila

Sarah, Woody (in shadow), Ruby, Arden, Mara... in the distance Diana, Jeremy, Alison


Jeremy, Patrick (mixing compost and soccer)

Patrick, Jasper, Jeremy

Diana, Jasper, Jeremy, Meg, Alison, Mara, Tony

Meg, Alison (happy days!)

Best foot forward... boot of the day (Tony)

Next bee: Saturday 11 July

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

A damp and modest but definite May bee

A wet and cold morning wasn't exactly conducive to gardening, but with winter upon us, though only May, there was not a lot that needed tending. Jo and Tony came early to do some mowing, and also something that had been in the pipeline since January came to fruition. A suitable area to present and gift free food to the community was discussed back at the January bee and Patrick had produced a rough design.

Local builder Nicko Andrews knocked up the structure and brought it to install with the help of Tony and Patrick.

Earlier on some kind person had left a bag of their freshly dug potatoes, so these earthly fruits became the first produce made available on the stand.

Nicko's children Grace and Joey joined their dad on the morning's mission. Thanks Nicko!

Also since the April bee the ever industrious Peter Jenkins installed removable slats for the front of the compost bays, increasing their capacity, and making them far easier to maintain. Thanks Peter!

The timber was donated by Brian Bowes. Thanks Brian!


Monday, 13 April 2015

April's autumn sunshower of community gardeners

Plenty of willing workers hoed into garden maintenance in gleaming autumn sunshine at this month's Albert Street working bee... edging, weeding, compost-spreading-tossing-tidying, wormfarm tending, bed clearing, seed planting and gathering, some modest harvesting – and lots of exchanges: greetings, news, questions, concerns, answers, queries, advice, opinions, observations, tips, reflections, laughter, stories, smiles… the perpetual weaving of community fabric.

Gardners and visitors included: Dave, Lindy with Alice, Tia & Jeremy with Jasper & Arden, Pete J, Elizabeth & Anitra (visiting from Campbells Creek… about to set up a community garden there), Clay, Nadika, Jacinta & Cam, Anshar with Sage, Wren & Nia, Alison, Kirsten with Alice, Tracy, Maureen & Stephen, Ian…

NB: A call-out for mulch straw for the next bee! Most welcome if anyone has some to spare....
also autumn leaves can be dropped off at the garden...

Meanwhile, the morning's work and chat in pictures:

Dave, Pete, Cam, Lindy

Anitra, Lindy, Elizabeth, Dave
Cam, Jacinta
Tia, Arden
Sage, Anshar, Jacinta
Jeremy, Cam

Elizabeth & Anitra from Campbells Creek
Tia, Anshar, Jeremy
Tracy, Pete, Lindy
Alison, Lindy, Alice

Arden, Jasper, Wren, Sage... considering their next move

Tracy, Pete, Alison, Jacinta, Lindy
Tracy, Alison, Lily, Kirsten

Jacinta, Stephen, Maureen
Cherry tomatoes courtesy of Tracy, & the makings of a conga line!
Anshar & Sage (again)... double the hands, halve the work!
 (in all probability coming to a poster near you, sometime in the n-t-d future!)


Monday, 16 March 2015

Our March gathering

Our March gardeners and visitors: Tony, Patrick & Meg with Woody, Ian, Tia & Jeremy with Jasper & Arden, Salvatore with Coco & Ravi, Fe with Luna & Fab, Dora, Maz, Peter J, Ruby & Alison.

A conscientious morning's work unfolded in sparkling March sunshine… general maintenance was the order of the day, with mowing and edging, compost turning and distributing, some weeding, some top dressing and seed scattering, some harvesting, some swapping, some watering, and of course lots of play, and catching up. The Albert St (library) garden has a real presence, an established physicality now, and is building to another depth… the stony, compacted, dry rubble and first hay-bale-bordered beds of the early days are hard to recall when standing amidst the rich, lush, many-layered garden of today… a random selection of pics from the morning:

Coco – Fe (with hidden Fab) & Luna – Tia  – Jeremy – Meg – Maz – Zero – Woody
Tony & Patrick set another compost
Tony – Maz – Patrick plant parsnips
Arden & Tia weeding
Jasper – Coco – Ravi – Arden playing
Salvo – Dora – Tia – Ruby – Alison
Woody & Luna
Patrick – Ravi – Zero –  Fe (Fab is over the back there!) – Coco – Luna – Arden – Tia – Meg

Salvo & Tony
Dora with bounty
a closer look!
a hidden pumpkin
this captured pumpkin is almost too heavy for Jasper
(we'll need another poster to hold it up!)
Ravi hiding
Ravi found!
...mystery melon of the month
Maz – Salvo & Ravi – Peter J – Patrick
This makes everything possible!