Winter Newsletter Glenelg North Community Garden


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  • Current News
  • Upcoming Events
  • Garden Friends & Foes
  • Garden Craft Projects
  • Membership Renewal
  • Garden Recipes


Community Gardens are places where people from all walks of life, backgrounds and ages can come together to grow food, promote good health, create a green urban environment, support whole of life learning and cultivate vibrant communities.

Become a part of the LOCAL GNCG LOVE on Thursday & Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm.



 After a few false starts the Working Bee finally took place on Saturday 2nd June and what a GRAND DAY it was! We got stuck in and paved, dug and planted before sharing a well-earned lunch in the winter sunshine. Thank you to everyone who came along and made it such a success.

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The humble SANGA is how we pay for SOOO much stuff we take for granted @ GNCG.

It allows us to provide soil, seedlings, fertilisers, tools and an endless supply of garden gloves, at no cost to members, for use in the garden on both member general and privately rented garden plots. We are always on the hunt for maestros to share their sausage turning talents with us once every few months at our local Marion Bunnings.

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The Sausage Sizzle held on 18th June ended up being a cracker of a day and we sold out of sausages – Twice!

Our Next Event is: TBA

There are 3 shifts:

Early 7am – 10am, Mid 10am – 1pm, Late 1pm -4pm

To Be a Part of the Fun. Register with Margaret 040104296


 Can’t be a part of the GNCG Sausage Sizzle Fundraisers because you have a day job, are away on holidays, hate sausages… or just hate people?

No problems! You can still be an important part of the continuing success of your community garden by selling a few Peoples’ Choice Lotto Books. Each Book has 10 tickets @ $2 per ticket, with ALL funds going to GNCG.

ONLY 5 BOOKS left to hit our target.   Call Jo 047547100 to get yours TODAY!


 It’s not all doom and gloom in a winter garden.

This year the Winter Solstice fell on a regular Garden Activity Day. To celebrate lighter (and warmer) days ahead we shared a hearty garden harvested vegetable soup and fresh baked crusty bread during our tea break.

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Saturday 20th July

Steve from Wagtail Farm will be pruning the stone fruit trees on Saturday 20th July 9am.

We have 2 SPACES ONLY for people interested in helping with this activity. You will have the opportunity to learn pruning skills and best practise for growing fruit trees organically FREE OF CHARGE while following the directions of Steve to get our trees ready for Summer.

Booking Essential: Michael Dwyer 0427 158 341


 Saturday 25th August 2.30-4.30pm

 Want to learn how to create a FRUIT SALAD TREE?

Learn the expert techniques on how to graft fruit trees, multigraft or attach pollinators onto a tree to increase fruit production with

Sally Osterstok for only $20/person (not including materials/trees)

Limited 10 places only.  Book fast!

Bookings & ordering of trees:  Sally 0438512389

(Trees must be ordered by 17/07/2018)

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 Last year The University of Adelaide PhD candidate Matthias Salomon conducted some research in our garden and was so impressed with us that he is coming back!

His plan is to choose 4 garden beds which will be analysed once per month for plant richness and diversity.
He also intends to collect soil samples which will be analysed for Phosphorus, mineral Nitrogen, microbial activity / respiration, soil moisture pH and EC.    So, if you see Matthias around the garden be sure to say hello!


What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Please don’t pull up the Dandelions, we plan to harvest the flowers and use them to make a batch of balm useful for skin nourishing and easing sore muscles, joint pain, headache and chest congestion

*Another benefit of being an Organic Pesticide Free Garden is we know the “weeds” are safe to consume.


Last year the presence of Nematodes was a problem affecting a number of garden beds. We addressed the problem by planting crops of Mustard, sadly this was only partially successful.

So this year after consulting with Sophie Thompson and Neutrog we have brought in the big guns! The entire garden has received a dose of WhoFlungDung as well as planting Mustard as a green manure in contaminated plots. Hopefully this does the trick




In 2017 two senior students from Errington School worked on making a large mosaic tile inspired by their regular visits to GNCG. As part of our latest Working Bee we installed their beautiful and completed piece as Pride of Place in our Sensory Garden.

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A native bee hotel is the ultimate airbnb; a space for flying bees and bugs to rest their weary heads.

This project was instigated as part of the Cherry Tomatoes Kids Gardening Club and has attracted a lot of interest and vibrant discussions about repurposing materials in creative ways rather than just throwing them out.


Thanks to everyone who donated fabric.

Member and GNCG fan Ralene has whipped up another plethora of fabric bags available to all for the princely sum of a Gold Coin.  These bags are PERFECT for PLASTIC FREE JULY to collect your vege’s in or use for your grocery shopping. By refusing plastic bags YOU become part of the SOLUTION.

*Donations of clean lightweight fabric are still welcome


You will soon be sent out 2018/19 Membership Renewals. We ask you spend a short moment reflecting on how wonderful gardens are in fostering a lively and connected community and then whip out your bankcard and renew your $10 membership.


There is still time to plant Kale, Broccoli, Silver Beet and Peas in your plot.

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Preserved Lemon

What a great way to deal with a glut of lemons and add a lovely zing to all sorts of dishes. Use in salads, marinated meats and slow cooked meals. This is a basic method, experiment by adding spices to the preserving liquid.


Sterilised jar

Lemons, washed & dried

Sea salt

Spices (optional)


  1. Working with 1 lemon at a time, trim the ends and place cut side down, on a bench. Cut the lemon into quarters without cutting all the way through to the base, so you can open it up like a flower.
  2. Place a teaspoon of salt in a cool sterilised jar and place another teaspoon of salt in the centre of the cut lemon. Place the lemon in the jar, open end down. Sprinkle with another teaspoon of salt. Repeat with more lemons and salt, until the jar is full. Press down on the lemons to release the juice (use a pestle as you go along to make sure you gut as much juice out of the lemons as possible) Top up with extra lemon juice until the lemons are submerged. Cover with the lid and seal. Place the jar in a cool, dark place and give it a turn a couple of times a day for about a week.
  3. The lemons will be ready in 30 days’ time. To use, rinse the lemon to remove saltiness, then cut off flesh and white pith (you only use the rind) and slice according to your recipe. Preserved lemon will keep up to 6 months. Store in fridge after opening.




Autumn Newsletter Glenelg North Community Garden



Due to unavoidable delays the WORKING BEE has been a long time coming.  But now the carpark is complete. Please join us at the garden on SATURDAY 2nd June 8.30am -2pm

What we will be working on:

  • Making wicking garden beds
  • Finishing our native bee hotel
  • Paving the Sensory Garden
  • Painting furniture in the Children’s Garden
  • Removing Orchard Nets

So there is definitely something for everyone to participate in, learn something new and enjoy a fun social catch up with the team!

The Working Bee will kick off at 8.30am, but you are welcome to come along anytime that suits you between 8.30am-2pm. It includes a free sausage sizzle to celebrate all our hard work.

Please don’t forget to bring sturdy closed-toe shoes and old clothes.

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Volunteer Week is from 21 – 27 May; to celebrate we invite everyone to bring some cake (or other tasty treats) to share at morning tea time this Thursday 23rd May. We will also give ourselves a group pat-on-the-back for all of our hard work in our garden, making it such a wonderful and abundant space.


The change of season herald’s new vegetables being planted in the garden.

We have now got beetroot, silver beet, kale, peas, carrots, lettuce, daikon, potatoes, cabbage (red & white), leeks, rocket, garlic and coriander being planted.


When it comes to the distribution of produce from members general plots and shared plantings at the community garden, all members can share in the harvest.

Plot carers are encouraged to harvest ripening produce like beans, egg fruit, capsicum etc. and share with other garden workers on the day by placing in or next to the labelled fair share basket. Similarly, ripening fruit is harvested and shared with working members. At times there is an abundance of in season herbs like basil, parsley or coriander or greens like spinach and rainbow chard. Take what you need in proportion to availability.

The swap and share table at the Thursday organic market is manned by our members on a roster system if you would like to volunteer.  We share some of our produce with the local community and they in turn share their produce from home gardens. Limes and lemons are popular swap produce at present. Sometimes recyclable items such as egg cartons, glass jars or books are left to be swapped.

We have welcomed many new members to GNCG in recent months and we would love you to come along and join us to work in the garden and share our wonderful organically grown produce. If in doubt as what to do, just ask one of the regulars.



Make a date with Vegetable Soup on June 21st

Early nightfall. Crisp mornings. The sharp silhouette of leaf-bare branches. These are some familiar signs of winter.

Food becomes about filling our bodies with warmth and happiness, and as the Solstice falls on a Thursday this year we shall have a hearty vegetable soup and crusty bread to share in the garden (full of garden veges) as part of our regular activity day. Please make a gold coin donation to cover the bread costs.


COMPOST ETIQUETTE (yeah, it’s a thing!)

Please ensure greens are well chopped (small size) before putting onto the compost pile. This help with breaking down the plant matter into beautiful black gold for our garden soil.



Did you know that we keep 100% from every $2 ticket we sell in the People’s Choice Community Lottery?

Our goal is to raise $1000 so we can continue funding our amazing gardening projects (wicking beds; native bee hotels; children’s garden & cherry tomatoes kids club; establishing vertical gardens etc.).  Buy your tickets to go in the draw to WIN prizes valued at more than $360,000 and help us reach our goal.

We would love every member to grab a book next time you’re at the garden or contact Jo 0475471100 and she will get a book out to you pronto!


We are still taking donations of fabric to sew into vegetable/shopping bags. If you have any light weight and clean fabric you don’t want (curtain netting is ideal) please drop off at the garden so they can be repurposed into great little bags for putting vegetables into.


Carrot cake Best Carrot Cake Ever


6 cups grated carrots
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup raisins
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup chopped walnuts

 In a medium bowl, combine grated carrots and brown sugar. Set aside for 60 minutes, then stir in raisins.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 10 inch cake pans.

In a large bowl, beat eggs until light. Gradually beat in the white sugar, oil and vanilla. Stir in the pineapple. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, stir into the wet mixture until absorbed. Finally stir in the carrot mixture and the walnuts. Pour evenly into the prepared pans.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes in the preheated oven, until cake tests done with a toothpick. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan. When completely cooled, frost with cream cheese frosting.

RETROSUBURBIA – The downshifter’s guide to a resilient future

This 592 page manual shows how Australians can downshift and retrofit their homes, gardens, communities and, above all, themselves to be more self-organised, sustainable and resilient into an uncertain future. It promises a challenging but exciting mix of satisfying work, a more meaningful way of living and hope for the next generation.

We could SAVE 35% by bulk purchasing. INSTEAD of  $85/book, PAY just $55.25 (not including postage). If interested contact Jo 0475471100 or before June 10th 2018


 Bunning BBQ

Don’t miss out on the sizzling sausage fun!

We are needing more volunteers for our Bunnings BBQ Fundraiser Monday 18th June. There a three shifts available: 7.30 to 10.30; 10.30 to 1.30 and 1.30 to 4.30. Call Margaret 0401054296 to reserve your spot.


Sometimes opportunities come up that don’t give us enough notice to make it into the newsletter. Like and follow us on Facebook to keep in the loop on upcoming events and gardening focused programs around town at

“If you want to be happy for a lifetime, be a gardener” – Chinese Proverb

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Newsletter – April 2018

Water Roster.

Water roster

It seems to be cooling down so the roster becomes less important. Check the pots and water if necessary. What do you think?

Welcome to New Members

New. The Brighton Community Garden – Saturday 14th April

Play at the Bay. Fancy Pants – Sunday 15th April

Play at the Bay. Baby Disco – Tuesday 24 April

Activity Day – Saturday 5th May

Carpark Bitumen

Water usage

Letters –Wattle Trees

Field Trip Sophie’s Patch

And More – Art in the Garden,  Olives from the garden, Member research


Welcome to New Members

Welcome to all the new faces who have joined recently. Hope to see you at the garden on Thursday and Saturday mornings. This newsletter gives a round-up of what’s going on. Feel free to email a reply and ask a question.

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New Faces at Sophie Thomson’s

New. Brighton Community Garden – Sat 14th, Wed 18th

Those who live down Brighton way will be interested in this new Community Garden. They have $50,000 from FundMyNeighborhood to help them get the soil turning.

Information and feedback sessions:

  • 11am Saturday 14 April – Dover Square Reserve, Broadway, South Brighton
  • 6pm Wednesday 18 April – Dover Square Reserve, Broadway, South Brighton

For further information and a survey, go here:


Play at the Bay. Fancy Pants – Sunday 15th April

This Council event is next Sunday 15th at the Community centre 2pm. The Fancy Pants the kids make will be hoisted high on Neville’s flag pole in the garden. Great if members are at the Community Garden are there to show people and kids about the garden. ‘Fancy Pants’.

A book presentation by author and Illustrator is followed by the Glenelg Brass Band while Children will create some giant Fancy Pants to display in the Community Garden. For all ages to enjoy. See booking here:

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Play at the Bay. Baby Disco – Tuesday 24 April

Baby Disco –

Activity Day – Saturday 5th May

Also, our next activity day on Sat 5th of May coincides with International Permaculture Day on Sunday 6th. Have a look at the posters and promotional material they have available.

More news later on the activities planned at the Community Garden. For now, put the date in your diaries.

Carpark Bitumen

The carpark will be covered in bitumen soon and this will create a heat source the Community Garden will have to contend with. Council will leave a border of 2 metres outside the western fence to plant trees to help mitigate the monster heat days that will occur in the future. Ben Hall of Council will help us with tree selection (and I hope more tree advice in general).

Water Usage per day.

From October 2017 to the end of March 2018, we have used 323,000 litres. Our usage per day was 2,440 litres per day on hot dry days. So a plot and and our border trees receives about 80 litres per day. Of this only, 40,000 litres was from the Community Garden and Community Centre Tanks.

Fern Ave Community Garden which is perhaps twice our area has an allocation of 500,000 litres per year. When more than that, they pay for it.

Field Trip Sophie’s Patch

This outing, the first one for all members, resulted in a full bus. It was hot but bearable and what an amazing garden. There were so many strange and exotic plants to see.

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I could fill a book on all the photos. Sofie loves butterflies.

  • I was impressed with her love of wick watering plots. Is this a direction for us as we renew our raised plots??
  • Her use of plants to cool walls and create micro climates also seems a great idea. Sofie has New Guinea bean and gourds climbing steel frames. We could train these over a chook house or make one near the folly to keep things cool in the middle of summer. Is this a direction for us and the hot years ahead?
  • The trombonchino (Michael has one in his plot) is acting just like she said, its either a zucchini or a pumpkin depending on how long it is kept. Must share and grow again next year. Maybe as a shade wall??
  • Sophie suggests there might be a tie-up between our nematode problem and our soil not having the right sort of micro organism life. Our soil analysis suggests there might be a tie-up but it might be due to our watering system or manure or many other causes. Thoughts people? A book was recommended, ‘Teaming with microbes’ by Jeff lowenfels. Does anyone have it?



Letters –Wattle Trees




There are over 1,000 species of (the) wattle (Acacia.)  More than 850 species are in Australia.

The word “wattle” came from the building description “wattle and daub” when shelters were built with gum tree twigs.

Gum tree leaves ‘swivel” in the heat, turning the narrow edge to the sun’s rays.

Wattles are fast growing and short-lived. They spring up in disturbed areas after a major fire and make fast growing windbreak and privacy plants. However they colonise, self seed,  and can turn awful soil into cleaner greener soil.

Useful wattles for screening are Acacia howitti which has a ’weeping” shape and grows to 8m tall. Cootamundra wattle A. Baileyana grows to 3.5m and up to 8m in height and is well known in the Eastern States. They can grow to a metre in height in one year. Wattle plants fix nitrogen in the soil and provide shelter for animals, insects and birds.

A dwarf wattle has come out of plant breeding programmes including the new ‘Mini Cog’ a compact from of the tree-sized narrow-leaf bower wattle. A. Cognata which is native to south east Australia. It has lime green leaves. It grows to about a metre in height and 1.8 m across.

Plant in full sun or part shade in a well drained spot and the occasional light tip prune, as its’ lime green foliage adds some drama to your garden.

Another miniature is A. cardiophylla which grows to 1.5m with silvery green fern like leaves.

September 1st is Wattle Day, I would think, celebrated in Cootamundra.  Our Floral Emblen is the  Golden Wattle A. pycnantha. See ; Wattle Day Association

Wattles have pared down for survival in the harsh Australian climate. They can be found at specialist native garden nurseries

So bring yellow into your home, and seek out low growing golden garden wattles.

David Thackrah.


And More


Art in the Garden


I met the artist by chance at the Community Garden. He dropped by to show his mate his work. Cool Guys!


Olive harvest

Olive pickling

Above is the 2018 olive harvest of Glenelg North Community Garden. And the pickling process. (10% salt water in coke bottles for three months). Michael will bring them along when ready to go.


Research by Glenelg North Community Garden members

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David and Michael went to Fern Ave Community Garden to hear our researcher Matthais talk again about bugs in the soil. It was interesting hearing the same information again for the different Community Garden.

We have good microbes in our soil according to him. We do not have as many as Fern Ave.






Newsletter March 2018

  • Water Roster
  • A new booking system for the Community Garden
  • Cherry Tomato Kids Club
  • Field Trip – Sophie’s Patch


  • Seacliff Swap and Share
  • Soil Analysis
  • Sausage Sizzle situation
  • The weather
  • Inappropriate article. Ecological civilisation.

Water Roster

Water roster

Use your phone or whatever to view it. A few spaces to fill. Contact Michael 0427 158 341

A new booking system for the Community Garden

The committee is trying a web online booking system called ‘Try Booking’. It has advantages; who is coming and it handles messy money.

I don’t love these computer systems but ‘Try booking’ should take some of the committee work out of organising these events.

BUT you can still hand over money at the garden so long as a record is kept.

Cherry Tomato Kids Club. Sunday 25th March 10:00

For the kids. Decorate an Easter bag/basket using leaf stencils and flowers; all ready to hunt for traditional coloured eggs hidden in the garden & learn to dye your own to take home. $5 +booking fund per child includes materials and snack. BYO sun hat and water bottle. (Note if weather forecast is above 33 degrees, event will be cancelled).


Details: Contact Jo. 0475 471 100

Field Trip – Sophie’s Patch. Tuesday 10th April

We thought we would try a field trip for everyone and hire a bus. It should be good fun. Everyone welcome

We will be doing a tour of Sophie’s Patch. Expect lots of Gardening Tips & Plenty of Inspiration and a morning tea.

Please arrive at the Garden, Kibby Reserve at 8.45am, the bus departs at 9am sharp. We will return by 2pm. LIMITED SPACES,  BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL.

Costs to cover travel and entrance:  Members, $ 20. But see try booking for details

Please Book online if you can:
Enquiries : Margaret 0401054296

Sophie's Patch visit

Seacliff  Swap and Share

Do you live down Seacliff Way?

Seacliff Community Produce Swaps will be held regularly on the last Sunday of every month. So how does this all work?

The Seacliff Community Produce Swap is a place to bring local community together, to share excess homegrown produce, to have a chat with neighbours and new friends over a cuppa…

What to bring? Any homegrown produce including vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers, seeds, seedlings, cuttings etc. or homemade items such as jams, chutneys and baked goods.
Arrive from 9.30 am and place items on the share table. At 10am everyone is free to take what they like. 40A Kauri Pde, Seacliff SA 5049.

Please come along even if you don’t have much or anything to contribute.  Everyone is welcome. Facebook:

Soil Analysis

After our PHD analysis of the soil by Matthais of Adelaide University, we now know: the soil is rich and needs no additives. There are very low levels of heavy metals. And everything is going well. But we knew that just by looking. The Measured Irrigation water system is going very well also. Details? Michael

Sausage Sizzle situation

At the last Bunnings Sausage Sizzle, the crowds were at the car race and the Fringe so money was down. Sales, $622 with  costs of $310. Not great.

Due the field trip, the Bunnings Sausage Sizzle for April is cancelled.

The weather

As the second-hottest summer on record begins to dwindle, warm weather looks to linger, with Australia expecting higher than average temperatures and low rainfall this autumn.

Inappropriate article. Ecological civilisation.

China’s leader, Xi Jinping, affirms an ecological vision that is in line with progressive environmental thought. Is it mere rhetoric or does it have a deeper resonance within Chinese culture? The answer may ultimately have a profound effect on humanity’s future.

Imagine a newly elected President of the United States calling for an “ecological civilization” that ensures “harmony between human and nature.”  Now imagine he goes on to declare that “we, as human beings, must respect nature, follow its ways, and protect it” and that his administration will “encourage simple, moderate, green, and low-carbon ways of life, and oppose extravagance and excessive consumption.”

Dream on, you might say.

And yet Xi Jinping China’s leader, made these statements last October at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party.

The world is changing. Come aboard.

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Glenelg North Community Garden Feb ’18

This Friday – Sundowners,   6 PM. Talking Dirty

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Friday 2nd March

Watering Roster

Re-newed Carry Bags –  Material Needed

Going Potty

Container Deposits Fundraiser

Committee Ponderings

When you Come down to the Garden

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This Friday – Sundowners,   6 PM. Talking Dirty

It’s on this Friday 16/2 and the weather is forecast to be 26 degrees when Matthias J Salomon, PHD student of Adelaide University will be presenting his findings  on our soil in the context of urban agriculture. This is a Not-to-be-missed event.

You may invite other interested non-Members who may give a gold coin donation. Sundowners are always a social occasion with a theme.

Bring food and drinks to share. The kettle will be on.

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Friday 2nd March

Still a few vacancies needing filling. Pick your time slot. We also want ‘stand ins’ just in case someone gets hit by a speeding zucchini.

Early  07:20 – 10:30.

Middle 10:30 – 01:30 pm. –> need an extra hand here

Afternoon 01:30 – 04:30.  –> need an extra hand here

Contact Margaret, 0402 054 296

Watering roster

The roster helps us ensure the pot plants don’t die and it’s still hot and dry. A few gaps below are coming up. Let Michael, , txt 0427 158 341 know of your day selection, or put your name on the wall.

Re-newed Carry Bags –  Material Needed

In an effort to promote the garden’s policy  towards sustainability, Ralene is making reusable veggie bags from recycled materials. The idea is to keep them with your shopping bags and when you buy fruit/vegies or carry from the garden at the weekly shop you give plastic bags the flick.

Ralene needs donations of light weight fabric. Curtain material is ideal, also crochet cotton/ ribbon or anything light weight that can be threaded through the top of the bag to secure the contents. Sewing threads would also be of  help.

Members, pick yours up at the garden. Non members can purchase these bags from the garden for a gold coin donation, the money goes to the garden coffers. A great excuse to have a tidy up of cupboards. Nice one, Ralene.

Going Potty

Potting group

Container Deposits Fundraiser

We have made a hundred dollars on the deposit containers so Look around, grab yours and put them in the shed. Its worthwhile

When you Come Down to the Garden

The Community Garden is thriving with figs, zucchinis, tomatoes and so much more

Committee Ponderings

The survey results have been viewed by the committee. The committee will make some changes with the suggestions. A few points; a range of topics for Sundowners were suggested and we might try a different day of the week. Kids Cherry Tomatoes is – a great initiative,  a minor activity list of tasks at the Community Garden would be good.

One issue which came out, some members were unsure how much to take of Member General Plots.  Donna will write up guidelines.

The Tree Committee will consider getting in a tree expert for a talk.

Leave the potting area clean. How do you feel about making this a general guideline? When you have finished potting up on the table under the veranda

  • put the unused pots back at the compost bays,
  • put the unused soil back at the compost bays,
  • store the potted up plants away safely and
  • your work in progress is safely put out of people’s way with a little label saying whose it is.
    (As no one has commented, it seems everyone is happy with this new way or organising.)
  • The Chooksters need to have another meeting. But when it’s cooler. Do we build chook palace ourselves, do we buy it in or do we pay someone to make it? Are there any other members who would like to join Nicola, Charlee, Megan, Michael, Ralene and Luke?
  • Heat Policy – 33 degrees. It’s not just plants that die in the heat. Any event scheduled for a day when the forecast temperature is >33 CANCELLED.
  • The Conflict Process. It’s on the web at
  • Hard Rubbish pile (fridge etc.). If you want us to keep anything or take anything, please speak up. The grim rubbish removalist has spoken. It will happen in March.

When you Come down to the Garden

As above, there will soon be a suggestion list for people wondering what to get into.

  • The parking side of the West fence, weeds need pulling. Take a metre only and do it splendidly. Bring joy to the hearts of the orderly.
  • Bins come in Saturday. Please remember to check the road and drag our bins in on Saturday.
  • Who would like to write a new sign for the small gate? E.g. : “You are welcome to come in and stroll about or have a seat. BUT please DO NOT pick the member’s produce”

By the way

Facebook lovers, Please promote the Community Garden

with a few clicks. The more likes and shares, the wider the message is spread.

One may also see the water roster at the above URL.



Water Roster

Water roster

Glenelg North Community Garden – News Jan 27

Watering Roster

Going well.  See the current roster above.

The roster helps us ensure the pot plants don’t die in the dry heat. A few gaps are coming up. Let Michael  know of additions, or put your name on the wall.

  •  Cherry Tomato Kids Gardening Club, February Sun 4th

  • Sundowners February – Talking Dirty, Fri 16th 6 PM

  • Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Friday 2nd March

  • Committee Ponderings

  • When you Come down to the Garden

  • By the way


Cherry Tomato Kids Gardening Club

Due to the hot weather, the Cherry Tomato Kids Gardening Club is now set for Sunday, 4th Feb 10-12 PM.

Learn to make delicious smelling DIY Bathbombs containing herbs and flowers collected from the garden. Cost $ 5 per child including snack and materials. Bring water bottle & a hat. RSVP Bookings essential 0475 471 100.

Sundowners February – Talking Dirty

Fri 16th 6 PM

Talking Dirty

Matthias J Salomon, PHD student of Adelaide University is investigating Urban Agriculture. Some months ago, he analysed the soil in our plots and under the trees. Matthias will be presenting his findings, what he has done, how he has done it and what he found.

This is a Not-to-be-missed event. You may invite other interested non-Members who may give a gold coin donation.

Sundowners are a social occasion with a theme or speaker. Bring food and drinks to share. The kettle will be on.

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

Friday 2nd March

Contact Margaret to help out at this great fundraiser. This is how we are able to net the trees, house our chooks and provide great soil and tools. Who has never come along? It’s good fun.

The Community Garden is Thriving

Thanks to the efforts of members.


Committee Ponderings

  • The survey. Still percolating. To be addressed once the Committee has time to breathe.
  • Water on your Plot – Measured Irrigation

Evaporation has been VERY high in this heat, 1.1 lt of water evaporates from the square Measured Irrigation bucket in one day!

Over January, we have used 2,980 lt /day! Some of this will be hand watering the pots but most will be Measured Irrigation. This means about 75 lt on your plot each day which is to say, about 19 lt per square metre.

Therefore, this should be enough water But some plots (if you dig down 6 inches are still dry) so add water to your plots as some are already doing.

  • Leaving the potting area clean. How do you feel about making a general guideline? When you have finished potting up on the table under the veranda or elsewhere, you put the unused pots back, you put the unused soil back, you store the potted up plants away safely and work in progress is safely put out of people’s way with a little label saying whose it is? Will this be a good idea??? Would members please advise.
  • The Chooksters need to have another meeting. Do we build chook castle ourselves, do we buy it in or do we pay someone to make it? Such deep thoughts are necessary, a meeting when things have cooled off is a good idea. Are there any other members who would like to join Nicola, Charlee, Megan, Michael, Ralene and Luke?


  • Heat Policy – 33 degrees. It’s not just plants that die in the heat. The decision has been taken that any event scheduled for a day where the forecast temperature is 33 degrees or above is automatically CANCELLED.
  • The Conflict Process. It’s on the web at
  • Hard Rubbish pile (fridge etc.) There is a pile of hard rubbish near the North/West corner. If you want us to keep anything or take anything, please speak up. The grim rubbish removalist has spoken.
  • Wheat bags to cover seeds. If you want to plant seeds these days, find the wheat bags and put them over the damp seeds in the ground. It may well help germination.

Did you see these at the  TDU street Party? Our plants!


When you come down to the garden

Wondering what to do when you come to the garden?

  • The outside of the West fence is embarrassing. The weeds need pulling. Take a metre only and do it well.
  • Bins come in Saturday. I tried to wish them in but it didn’t work. Please remember to check the road and drag our bins in on Saturday.
  • Please sign in.
  • Who would like to write a new sign for the small gate? E.g. : “You are welcome to come in and stroll about or have a seat. BUT please DO NOT pick the members produce”
  • Many hands make light work. Figs now protected.

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Our Aboriginal artwork will grace the garden for many years

By the way

SA’s electricity, buying and selling



This is great! You can watch where you electricity is generated minute by minute. Sometimes we supply Victoria and Tasmania and sometimes they supply us.

See how out diesel cuts in and out, how the battery sometimes is charging and how our wind turbines generate serious amounts of electricity. Condemn Victoria for its dirty brown coal.

As a voter, remind your politician you want renewable electricity.

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Watering Roster

21/1/18  Watering Roster

Update for Feb.


Watering Roster Feb

Please fill in the blank days on the notice board at the Garden. Or contact Michael  0427 158 341

Glenelg North Community Garden News Jan 18

Happy New Year Everybody! And welcome to new members.

  • Sundowners January 19th
  • Chooks
  • Figs
  • Watering roster
  • Bitumen in the carpark
  • Brighton Community Garden starting
  • Christmas Sundowners
  • Sauerkraut making


Sundowners January 19th

“The Fine Art of Home Brewing” by Luke Redpath

Luke will show us how he makes home brewed beer. He certainly makes a first class boutique beverage. Another example of local, simple living. He will undoubtable tell us the finer points of the different flavours and what hops and malt is all about.

Bring a plate and drinks to share. Friday 19th January 6pm at the Garden.


Chooks complement the garden with their eggs and their fertiliser. Five members so far have formed  the Chook sub-committee. They will look after the chooks every day of the week. A few more chook enthusiasts are welcome to join the group, share the necessary activities and first dibs on the eggs.

On Saturday, 6th (Saturday too HOT) Sunday 7th, the team will visit the Henley Community garden. They have run chooks for some years and know the pitfalls and finer points. We will inspect their chicken house so we can purchase a very easy-use model which will require minimum effort.

All members are welcome to join us and visit Henley Community Garden Sunday 7th at 10:30 at Henley, corner of White st and Raymond St Henley South. RSVP.


The droppers and pipe have been purchased so we can net the Fig trees. Many hands will be really helpful to get the net over the frame. The figs are looking good at this stage.

Woops. And the apples are not even ripe yet.

Would someone remind me to protect next year’s apple crop, please.

Watering roster

Well done Team Glenelg North Community Garden. We have kept the water up to all the pot plants and so far as I know, none have died of thirst.

However, after the 12th January, there are some days not covered. Please put your name on the roster on the wall to see us through the dry months.

The Measured Irrigation is working well. We are applying about 2,000 lt in a watering which is dictated by evaporation.  Each plot is getting about 40 litres and as a result the garden is looking very good.  It is not a bad idea to move your drip lines a few inches if easy to do.

Bitumen in the carpark

The Veterans and other groups at the Glenelg North Community Centre want to have the carpark sealed. However such a large black area gets super hot in summer.  In order to mitigate the Heat build-up, Council is thinking of planting trees in the car park and it seems fruit trees are in order.  Excellent!  They are thinking of a plant area like the street vegetation planted in gutters to capture the water rather than drain it to the seas. The runoff would channel towards the Veteran Garden and the Community Garden.

This plan is not approved but if implemented would be very good, – more carparks due the painted lines, – captured water and – fruit shared with the public.

Brighton Community Garden starting

With funding from Fund My Neighbourhood, it looks like the Brighton Community Garden will kick into action. The land may be at Dover Gardens. Local members, take note.

Christmas Sundowners

The Christmas Sundowner was lots of fun and very well attended. We weren’t sure where people would sit.

Sauerkraut making

A second sauerkraut session was held to initiate some who missed the first session.

But wait, there’s more! The next step is to have a crack at Kimchee, the spicy Korean cabbage preserving method. First rate food for problem stomachs.

Found growing in the garden!

Found growing in the garden!

Found Growing in the Community Garden. Nice one Donna.





Glenelg North Community Garden – Dec 2017

-Christmas Sundowners Friday 15th Dec.

-Next Sauerkraut

-Water, Water

-Fruitful Garden

-Sausage Sizzle Results

-Chooks in the Garden?


Christmas Sundowners Friday 15th Dec.

Come along and share holiday cheer

for all the gardening success and joy we’ve had this year.

Bring a plate & drinks to share,

It starts at 6, hope to see you there!

Sauerkraut Making – Sunday 17th

The Sundowner Sauerkraut making was good fun but not enough sauerkraut was made. And some missed out. If you want to have a go, come along on Sunday, 17th.


Water, Water

It’s Hot! Mulch your plot with the Lucerne mulch provided for you. Keep the water in and the sun off. Most important.


Many potted plants don’t last a week. We need some people to keep them damp. The committee is thinking about a pot watering roster. Also 10 trays were bought to help pots keep damp . Please put all pots on trays except those which don’t like wet feet.

Temporary shade.  The committee is thinking about a temporary shade roof to be attached to the veranda. What do you think?

The Measured Irrigation is working well. It is putting on some 1,000 lt per day in this weather.


Perhaps we will celebrate the raising of the tap height at the Christmas Sundowner.

Fruitful Garden

The summer Member General plot plan has been worked out. Kathy is putting the plan on a white board so we will all know. Speak to the plot manager if you are unsure what to do. Of course if you want to be really creative, get in line for your own plot.

The Cherry crop in total. We will be planting another cherry variety in the Autumn.

The trees are now protected. Thanks to all hands who put up the net. Birds can’t ruin the apricots as they did last year.

The apricots are wonderful at the moment. All members to take half a dozen.

Chooks in the Garden

The committee and the compost heap eagerly await chooks in the Community Garden.

However such a serious matter needs a great deal of thought and planning. A chook group willing to visit the chooks most days of the week will be necessary. If you are interested in being part of the chook group, contact me, Luke is very keen so we have two of us already. Another three will be necessary before we launch into production.

A defibrillator on hand?

Luke is looking into the Community Centre buying a defibrillator. They are very good for emergency cardiac problems. As they are expensive other Community Centre groups will need to come on board to share the cost.

Sausage Sizzle result

The wonderful number volunteering to help out at the Bunnings Barbeque on November 30th and their great work ethic made the Barbeque a smooth running concern. Thanks to you all, the workers and those who provided our backup. You did us proud, we demonstrated we were a true community.

And I know that this spirit will only increase.  We took $690 before expenses and this keeps the garden ticking over very well.

Margaret Liptak


Twilight Market

Our next call for assistance is for the twilight market  on 22nd December from 3.30 to 8 pm. Its great fun, food and sometimes great singers. If you can assist for an hour please let me know.

Margaret Liptak


Missing tools. Keep your eyes open.

The Committee has debated changing the lock on the shed because things have gone missing. Lots of people have the current key. Also, the key is available outside for any member to access.

Please keep a look out and report suspicious activities. The options are to reduce access to the shed and garden or charge members for using fertilisers and other products etc. to cover costs.

What’s in the garden stays in the gardens. Woe betide your garden if compost leaves the Community Garden without Michael’s blessing.