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.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Last bee for 2016

The last working bee of the year began with tree work. The apples outside the library are under an ongoing restoration regime led by this guy, Ian Clarke.

Ian is passing on his extensive fruit tree knowledges to anyone interested. Patrick has apprenticed himself to Ian. Today's work was painting wooly aphids with methylated spirits.

Tracey rejuvenated the worm farm,

while Nick and

Lindy turned and reset the compost bays. What a big job!

Lorne and Fiona hit the weeds.

Maya and Django tackled the strawberry patch.

Alison also dug some weeds.

Rosie and Evie bonded.

Tim and Fiona did some planting.

Rosie showed Patrick the aged manure she gifted the gardens, courtesy of her lovely goats.

It had a rich humus smell.

Woody transported the weeds to the compost area. Good job Woody wheelbarrow.

Dora staked the tomato seedlings that she planted last month.

Asher dug the ground and found much to wonder at.

Kirsten, Alison and Meg posed for their band pic — The Dirt Chicks.

Patrick and Woody rode home with the working bee tools and the happy soil bacteria surging through their bodies.

Thank you everyone for coming and singing love into our public food garden. Hope you all have a peaceful and productive month. We look forward to seeing you at the January Bee on Jan 14 2017.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

In praise of the budding, flowering earth and the community who comes together

About 35 people attended our September working bee. The slightly warmer weather put the town in the mood for some sweet ol' communal gardening.

Planting seedlings and weeding is always light work with many glimmering, giving peeps.

Some pretty cool specimen gardeners turned out too. Nice getup Cam!

Hello Eric and Angela, we see you there.

Meg, Alison and Zero sent the tenacious, earth-giving weeds straight to the compost bays.

Ian attended to a diseased Fuji apple tree on the street.

Taking off all the dying wood and inserting bud grafts into the spring sap.

Eric turned the compost, while Ele repatriated the worm farm.

Marcus and Lindy weeded out one of the middle beds.

While veteran plantsmen Mike and Ian met and chatted.

Young Zeph put in a goodly 2 hours with his mate Otto (out of picture), stacking up all our old timbers, ready for use when we build the toolshed.

Working and conversing is what makes community gardening so enriching. Phone numbers, ferment recipes, planting methods are swapped, clothes, plants, food are handed around...

Angela and Lindy weeded the broadband patch.

Friends of Sarah's from Melbourne plant seedlings in the front patch.

What a great session! Thanks to all who came and collaborated. Thanks to Patrick who took the pics and facilitated the bee.

See you all next month.