Setting the Agenda for the year ahead
AGM – the New committee.
Old committee members never die, but they do eventually retire to make room for new growth! We would like to thank the outgoing committee members Pam Sando, Chris Sando and Pat Spender for all the hard work they have done behind the scenes to help support our passionate garden community making the Garden a success. These members have not stepped away from the Garden completely and will still be actively involved in helping the Garden to flourish and bloom.
The Committee members are now President – Margaret Liptak, Secretary – Jo Schofield, Treasurer–. Committee Members – Michael, Donna, Luke. (Did you notice something missing? J)
Even though she is a resident of the
Glenelg North Community Garden,
Miss Froggy’s application to become Treasurer
was rejected as she had a terrible croak.
The committee’s aim is to provide a Community Garden you love to come to. So, without doubt we need to know what you like and you need to know what activities keep the garden ticking over. See the coming survey.
Your approval and thoughts needed. The survey will ask what you want and like in your garden. The committee needs this for the year ahead.
See below the year’s program. The proposed Regular Events, Keeping the Garden Ticking over and the Projects below will all be in the questionnaire when the committee puts it together.
Sundowner Talks (new)
In spring it can sometimes feel it’s all endlessly pulling weeds! But, Daylight Savings and the warmer weather welcomes back our Sundowner Series.
Please join Sundowners on the third Friday evening of every month @ 6pm (diary!) to listen to a short talk/workshop by guest speakers on a variety of garden inspired topics. This is a FREE and social event for members; just bring a plate & drinks to share. A contribution from interested visitors is fine.
*Nov 17th 2017 – The secret life of Sauerkraut – by Michael. In this hands-on workshop you will learn to make your own sauerkraut. Bring Jars, cabbage and salt.
RSVP Michael 0427 158 341 email@example.com most necessary. More information nearer the time
*Dec 15th – Casual Christmas get together
*Jan 19th 2018 – Make your own Brew – Luke
*Feb 16th 2018 – Soil Research Project – PhD Mattias Solomon Adelaide Uni and Prof Caragnavo
*Mar 16th 2018 – TBD –
(End Of Daylight Savings)
*May 24th 2018 – volunteer’s week morning tea in the garden. Thursday
*June 21st 2018 – Winter Solstice Dinner in Glenelg North Community Hall
Everything is subject to irritating change but we will try to give notice.
*Do you also have an idea bubbling away? Tell us, see the Survey.
Cherry Tomatoes Kids Gardening Club (new)
Hey Kids! Join us at the Garden on the last Sunday of each Month to share a love of the environment through craft and play. Learn about organic plant growth, soils and insects. Each workshop runs from 10am-12pm with a healthy snack collected from the garden included.
*Sunday Oct 29th POLLINATION Learn about the different pollinators living and working in the garden. Work as a team to make a bee hotel for the garden and an egg carton bee to take home.
Bookings essential: Jo 0498813440, Cost: $5
*Nov 26th – Holiday Decorations.
*Jan 28th – Terrariums and Wheatgrass Bobble Heads
*Feb 25th – Fabric Plant Dyes
*Mar 25th – Basket Making and traditional Egg Hunt.
These come round about every six weeks. More major activities are lined up and everyone comes along and lends a hand. It is remarkable how big tasks melt away with many able hands.
Dates: and activities to be decided.
Keeping the Community Garden ticking over
Individual Gardeners are doing things behind the scenes, everything from emptying the bins to keeping the shed tidy to supplying milk for coffees to mothering certain plants.
The Bunnings BBQs have been magnificently managed by Pat. She will hand over to Margaret. This nice little earner allows us to buy whatever and when we want to buy.
All members will help with sundry activities depending on your capability; it is part of being a member, and it helps you feel the Garden is yours.
Other sundry garden keeping activities below and there are heaps more:
- The Swap and Share table Thursdays
- Compost tossing
- Keeping an eye on the water supply
- Watering potted plants
- Watering the shade house
What do you prefer? See the coming Survey.
These are interesting one-off Garden building things to do. Groups of people get together to do them. From the previous committee:
*Building the Contemplative/Sensory Garden.
*Building the Children’s Garden.
*Long term water storage solution.
*Herb Garden plant identification and information
But wait! there’s more:
*The sunken spa plot. It will be half sunk in the ground Pat says, and may well feature a Cape Goosberry with smaller vegetables on the borders to hide the plastic. Michael is in the hole already.
*Building a polka dot wicking plot
*Building a soil sieve.
Who fancys getting technical and building our own soil sieve? This one will be returned on Thursday.
*What is Your project which fires you up? And no one has thought of it yet.
See the Survey
The Open Day last month
It was great to have the Mayor, Stephen Patterson come along to the open day. Members provided heaps to sell and prepared lots of goodies. However, the turnup of the public was low. Probably due other clashing events.
Indigenous Garden Project Posts
We are trying to find some identification posts which were donated to the Garden by the City of Holdfast Bay. There were ten of them and they have disappeared from the Garden Shed at the Community Garden. We need these posts urgently to complete our Indigenous Garden Project.
If you have any idea where they might be, contact Pam Sando ASAP (Mobile: 0488 422 944
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org), so we can proceed with the Project.
Posts missing are approximately 600mm high with coloured labels on top – see photo.
We would really appreciate their return. Mobile: 0488 422 944 email: email@example.com
Battle and strife in the Community Garden
The curly leaf in the fruit trees has been particularly bad this year. On top of that the aphid came in droves to attack the trees. But our allies, the ladybirds (or ladybugs as some will have it) are on our side and building up to gobble all the aphid.
When you are in the garden, look for the minute cluster of yellow dots on the trees. These are ladybird eggs. Then search for the banded, odd looking, beetle things. These are the juvenile very hungry ladybirds. Finally, see if you can find the small white clusters, these are the empty ladybird eggs. (If your editor is wrong about all this, please let me know, I’m no expert.) The last photo is a large cockroach working industriously in the compost heap.
Chris has installed a spray water system in the shade house. It will be invaluable when the heat comes on. Nice one, Chris.
Our active member, Zel deserves a mention. He won an excellent set of loppers at Sophie Thompson’s butterfly night and donated them to the Community Garden. Thanks Zel. Then he won FIRST prize at the Norwood Payneham St Peters Council Youth Film Festival. His film was on cuttle fish at Whyalla.
Sustainability Evening Thursday 19th October
Come and enjoy a free, fun and informative evening here at Bunnings Marion,
Music from Port Noarlunga Blues Festival. Craft and face painting for the kids.
KESAB – Learn how to make paper – 3 sessions throughout the evening.
Guest speakers: 6.00 pm St Therese Community Garden, 6.30 pm ERA (Electronic Recycling Australia), 7.00 pm Bee Keepers Association and 7.30 pm Bush Tucker.
Suitable for the whole family.Tea, coffee and cake will be provided. Bookings Required! Contact us on 8375 7600 or visit http://www.bunnings.com.au/marion
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