Glenelg North Community Garden August

AGM Formal Notice for Saturday 7th Oct.

The Brighton Community Eco Garden Inc. is calling for nominations from interested people to fill roles on the Committee responsible for the management of the Glenelg North Community Garden. Please see details and form here:

Let’s Eat Wed 26th July

Holdfast Bay Council’s ‘Let’s Eat’ will zero in on an exotic Indian meal this month. Held at the Glenelg North Community Centre, it’s open to all. ‘Let’s Eat’ also provides Kids activities, no problem for parents. Bookings: 8229 9828 essential, $10.

Activity Day 9th Sept Propagation.( Diary)

Getting ready for Spring.

Open day 23rd Sept( Diary)

We will sell lots on this day.

Money, Money, Money

Bunnings BBQ 52%,  Plant Sales 20%, Plots 10%,  Lottery 10%


Where does the Community Garden get its money from? See above. This cash enables us to do what we want to do. Which brings me to the next photo. (hint, hint)

Next Bunning Sausage is Thursday 24th Aug ( Diary)

Lottery books still available

Books to be all in by the end of August.


Well done, Leon and much appreciated as you can see.

Workshop Nutrutional and Tai Chi

Foundation member Almeda Peer offers a workshop: Nutritional Health and Tai Chi Workshop

On 2nd Sept at Glandore. See here for details: Almeda’s workshop Flyer with Fang 



Please don’t tread on our snail eater.


Rose frame concreted, going up.

Also see Facebook

theft 1

Perhaps the thief who stole the measured irrigation filter would like to take the rest of the gear I had to buy to replace it. Trying to be helpful.


Glenelg North Community Garden – May ’17

A big newsletter this time.  Main points:

Wednesday, 24th May: Community Centre meal, ‘Let’s eat’

Thursday 25th May: Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

Saturday 17th June: Activity Day

Wednesday 21 June: Winter Solstice twilight

The Mosaic Group.

Jo wants tins

People’s Choice Lottery Tickets

Lost Loppers?

Letter Drop

Plant Sales

Compost building

The Green living Waste Tour was great

Things we haven’t worked out…



Wednesday, 24th May: Community Centre meal, ‘Let’s eat’

Lets eat

Holdfast Bay Council’s ‘Let’s Eat’ will zeros in on an exotic Indian meal of samosas, curries, rice and dumplings this month. Held at the Glenelg North Community Centre, it’s open to all and all gardeners who eat should go. On every 4th Wednesday each month, ‘Let’s Eat’ also provides Kids activities, no problem for parents.
Bookings: 8229 9828 essential, $10. Book now or go sad and hungry.

Thursday 25th May: Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

Pat is still looking to fill a few spots as some had to withdraw due health and bad weather. Please contact Pat, 8294 5689 or she will curse your plot.

Saturday 17th June: Activity Day

This day will be both physical activity intellectual and tummy filling.

  • 09:00: Activities start
    • Lay the ceramics in the paths
    • Concrete the frame in the sensory garden
    • Box painting and whatever else grabs you.
  • 11:00 Talk with Pam on soil management in the garden.
  • 12:00 Lunch, as per last time?

Wednesday 21 June: Winter Solstice twilight.  04:12 PM

The sunset is at 05:12 pm so without doubt, we should be at the garden under the Folly at 04:12 Pm. Celebrate the beginning of longer days and goodbye to the short dark days.
Bring warm rugs to wrap yourselves in and maybe hot food and drinks to share. We have a little gas stove somewhere in the shed. Nothing is organised, just rock along.

The Mosaic Group.

Mosaic group have knocked out some startlingly good mosaics and these to be layed in the paths See above. Need more artistic happy hands. Contact Gere and join the team of Pam, Kathy, Bronwyn, We meet Mondays 11.00 am for an hour or so.

Jo wants tins

Jo wants all your metal tins for an artwork thingo. Please bring to the garden. (Nice if you wash them first J) Any queries? Jo is on 0498 813 440.

People’s Choice Lottery Tickets

We still have dozens of boxes of tickets to sell (I exaggerate). Remember, all monies we raise via this lottery comes back to the Glenelg North Community Garden. Contact Chris for books ($2 a ticket in a book of ten. Easy!)

Swap Share

What are they arguing about?

Lost Loppers?

Does anyone know where the long handled loppers are? If you see any equipment left hanging around in the garden, take it to the shed and place it only where it belongs. If someone wanders why it’s not where she/he left it, be puzzled.

Our Insect Partners.

ladybird 1

Look at this wonderful crop of Ladybirds (near the South fence). Note the dark odd looking ones. These are the children and they eat a lot of bad insects.

ladybirds book

From the book. Learn to recognise the juvenile, top right.

ladybird attack

This sick looking runner is covered with insects, the PERFECT food to grow our predator ladybird population.  Should old plants sometimes be left alone?

Letter drop

A worthy bunch leafletted half of Glenelg North last week which made a few contacts. We are going to do it again. Anyone who wants to lend a foot, please contact Michael

Plant Sales

Plant Sales for month of march $250, May, $143 so far and $1800 for the year. Not bad at all! J

Compost building

Compost double

Hubble, bubble boil and trouble. Many thanks to John and Moira for giving muscle to the creation of hot compost. This is a biggy.

The Green living Waste Tour was great

recycling flyer

Holdfast Bay Council bus took us to the local garbage base on Morphett RD, then on to Visy where the recycle is processed and finally to Jeffries green wasted compost production.
Our guide thought that so many of us consumers couldn’t give a tinker’s cuss about recycling.  Is a garden hose something you would put in a green recycling bin? Some embarrassing people do put a garden hose in with the green waste.

Moving on, the recycle waste is trucked to Visy and other recycle companies. They turn the paper and cardboard into fibre and then make cardboard. If it’s not too dirty. Their amazing conveyer belt systems shake, filter, weigh, magnetise to separate out as much as possible all the junk in your recycle bin.

But sorting it out is hard and expensive. They employ dozens of people who stand there all day and grab the bits of plastic or paper or whatever. And hope some galah hasn’t put an engine block in his garbage. Glass bottles can be recognised by their shape and they are graded into colour. But don’t put a broken wine glass into recycling, it won’t melt down like the bottles, the wine glasses go to landfill.

The green waste is sorted and broken down to mulch of various grades. There is still plastic to be removed and aluminium cans and all sorts.

Finally, the clincher. Someone asked, ‘What should we really do?’

The speaker paused then said, ‘Consume less. That way there is less to recycle.’

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Things we are thinking…

The committee still hasn’t worked out what sort of a frame to build around the fruit trees. All thoughts gratefully listened to.

small net frame

Also we are thinking of trying to store more water whether it be underground or more tanks. Where?

Please don’t step on our resident snail eating lizard who normally lives in the black bins near the compost. Answers to the name of Lizzy.

Thinking about a planting guide for the Community Garden ?

bees flowers

Some weeds have a purpose.

spider 1

She has a purpose


Glenelg North Community Garden – March 17

General Meeting – April Fools Day


What’s Life All About? People

What’s Life All About? Water

What’s Life All About? Compost and Energy

Well done. Bunnings S. Sizzle.

Friend or Foe?


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General Meeting – April Fools Day

Goodbye the past and Welcome the future.

The April Fools Day Meeting

  • 09:30 – Activities. Pam has the list. The new Sensory Garden, some brickwork around the native garden, Path mulching .….
  • 11:00 – Discussion of Projects, Current and Future
  • 11:?? – Running our Garden
  • 12:00 – BBQ

This meeting will set the trend for the next year, projects and how we operate.

There are projects on the go and projects which fire people up. No doubt, there are projects you are interested in and now is the time to join forces and aim your enthusiasm.

Do you like how the Community Garden operates?






I was amazed to find the above prickles growing in our garden. Be ever vigilant!

What’s life all about? People

Great to Have Pablo and Carina pop down from the country. Seems like they are settling in but haven’t started a Community Garden yet. J

What’s life all about? Water


Two of these were busted in a few short weeks.  TURN THE TIMER CLOCKWISE ONLY.
Mitre 10 were good enough to replace with a better brand. Thanks Mitre 10.

Always use the timer by turning it clockwise. Did I mention that? Meters avoid accidental waste.

DO NOT WATER your plot. The Measured Irrigation system will do it for you. See below. However, hand water seedlings and seeds.

Measured Irrigation – Automatic watering

Finally getting a handle on Bernie’s system. We are now zeroing in on how much water to put on a standard 4 meter plot per week. (All other plots and beds follow along.)

We are aiming on watering two and a half waterings a week. When the system delivers water at night, it will deliver about 50 litres on a 4 meter plot. (Think of a bucket and a quarter on each meter of plot. Plenty?)

So that would be about 125 litres per 4 meter plot per week which I would think is good. Doubt? Dig a 4 inch hole in your plots and feel the soil to check.  Of course, this number automatically changes when it rains or evaporation is low.

What’s life all about? Compost and Energy

Life and living can be described in terms of energy. A large step towards sustainability of our lifes (correct spelling) is being able to produce our food at a low energy cost.

Thoughts on the food / energy chain. All disagreements welcome.

We require energy to lift a little finger. The energy comes from the food we eat. Let’s say we provide one quarter of our energy from the Community Garden food. Sounds good. Where does the energy in the food come from? From the inputs, Sun and the ingredients in the soil (Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium etc.). These ingredients come from the hot composted green waste and the horse manure which is a large part of the compost heap recipe. Let’s say half of the energy comes from the horse manure.

(Horses have healthy food, maybe healthier than your diet?)

The energy in the horse manure comes to us from the horse’s food. Where does the special race horse food come from? From industry, the farm and the sun But enabled by copious supplies of diesel and petrol. How did the manure reach the garden? With the help of some of the energy in my muscles and a bucket load of gas in my car.

My conclusion. We ‘eat’ fossil fuel oil without which we starve. If we had an infinite supply we would have no problem but our supply of fossil fuels is limited to what was accidently deposited 150 million years ago. Our rate of burning oil is about 90 million barrels per day (A 44 gallon drum is a barrel. This many barrels would stretch from Adelaide to Darwin spread across the road 3 barrels high) per day. At this rate it will run out soon.

Looking after the welfare of the children is considered a higher moral behaviour by all races. It is not ethical to destroy the life support system of our children and grandchildren.

Conclusion 2: We will learn to live as sustainably as possible. Eat local, don’t waste, avoid the use of your car, recycle and we can bring the politicians on board because they know sustainability in 2017 is no longer a joke.

Well done. Bunnings S. Sizzle.

“Thanks for your effort with the sausage sizzle. Sincere thanks to all that helped in the lead up. And a special thanks to all of you who were able to assist on the day.

We had a slow start but sales really picked up between 11.00am and 1.30pm before tapering off for the rest of the day.

We cleared a successful $791. Costs this time were higher than normal because we had to do some restocking of drinks and other supplies which we write off against the cost of this BBQ. All of that aside, we finished up clearing $461.”



There is another Bunnings Sausage Sizzle coming up in 25th May. Hands up, it’s a good day. Not only that but there is

The People’s Choice Lottery which will be available around mid April.

Friend or Foe?

Before killing an insect, know if it is a Good insect or a Bad insect. We need an entomologist in the garden. The one on the left definitely stings. (I used my hand to test this. L )


Oh, So that’s where the watermelon went.  Tasty‼ Thanks Zel

And I think there’s more.



Pam, the PM (Plot Manager) says we have a number of spare plots people might like to lease. Tell your friends.




For your DIARY:

Art Class. This Monday 13th Feb.

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle 23rd February

Activity Day – April Fools Day

What’s been happening

The Sundowners

Weeds in the garden

Water Irrigation – hold your breath


Toilet key lost

Lots of pickings in the garden


Waste council trip


Art Class – this Monday 13th Feb

Jo is putting on an art class for novices and master artists.

More details later but here is some information.

Time: 9-11 am. The first class is 13th February

Materials: Bring what you like to use. Some may be purchased.

Cost:  $12 Includes use of the Community Garden tea and coffee etc.

Contact Jo, Mob 0498 813 440

(More details later)

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle 23rd February

Our most successful fund raiser is happening again, (we cancelled the last one due lack of key people)

Still room for a few extra hands so contact Pat  Ph 8294 5689 our fearless coordinator who will love you for this.

Old hands know the day turns out to be chatty and pleasant.

Activity Day – Saturday 1st April

A special meeting of all members is called for this Saturday.

We will start at 09:30 and do something. Then we will have a member orientation (what is useful for you to know as a member in the Community Garden).

12:00 a BBQ with all the trimmings.

More news nearer the time.

The First Sundowners

This was a social only meeting . It is often very pleasant in the garden as the sun is setting particularly at this time of year. So we will do it again. Stay tuned.


Some of the guests. (Actually, the homo sapiens is an archive photo)

Edna’s Flowers Blooming

Here are some sunflowers grown from the seeds given out at her funeral. Happy memories.


Weeds in the garden

They seem to spring up everywhere. It seems I’m fighting a losing battle.


Water irrigation – hold your breath

We really, really hope the Measured Irrigation system will function nicely now. Bernie spent hours diagnosing and rebuilding the logic. Seems the problem was a drop in voltage as a result of a worn out battery among other things. We now have a new cable to bury. The cable is stronger and less voltage drop. And it stands out better.

Now on tank water.  Shame that we were unable to save and use the recent rains.

A rather handsome heap, the biggest made these last 4 years.


The compost will benefit from egg shells. They are a natural additive of calcium in the soils. Crush very small and toss into the compost.


Despite the best of intentions, these secateurs just won’t compost down. Best stick to plant matter.

Do check that all tools are in the shed when you leave.

Toilet key lost and safety.

The toilet key was lost for several weeks. It was handed into Bob at the Community Centre who was most concerned we might get awkwardly cut short. And lose his key for which we are responsible. Please take care to return it.

Have a care for safety. Obstacles and sharp objects in the garden need to be dealt with.

Also putting things away after use means you will know where it is when you need it. See the secateurs photo in the compost.

Lots of produce in the garden

We netted the nectarines. Please take about 6 with you now. That way all members will be able to enjoy them. Some have bruises, use a knife to clean them up and stew? Maybe next year we will get our act together and have more fruit trees protected. When the nets come off, we might cast them over the figs which look like they are coming along well.


Recipes in season

At this time of the year there can be a surplus of different vegies especially things like cucumbers. Pam’s two recipes may give you some ideas about what to do with surplus.

Bread and Butter pickles (proven and approved last Thursday‼)

This is a classic old pickle recipe but still very popular

5 large Lebanese cucumbers cut into 5mm slices

2 small brown onions, halved and thinly sliced

1 tablespoon salt

375ml (1 1/2 cups) apple cider vinegar

215gm (1 cup) caster sugar

2 teaspoons mustard seeds

2 teaspoons coriander seeds

Large pinch of ground turmeric


Place the cucumber, onion and salt in a bowl and toss to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight to soften.  Rinse the cucumber mixture in a colander.  Pat dry with paper towel

Place vinegar, sugar, mustard seeds, coriander seeds and turmeric in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Cook, stirring for 3 minutes until sugar has dissolved.  Add the cucumber mixture and bring to a simmer

Transfer the mixture to clean dry glass jars.  Seal and invert for 2 minutes.  Set aside for 1 day for flavours to develop


Coconut, cucumber and Tomato salad (courtesy Stephanie Alexander)

Mix cubes of cucumber and tomato with a little finely sliced red onion and freshly chopped chilli.  Dress with lemon juice or rice vinegar and add salt to tast

Garnish with torn basil leaves and a generous sprinkle of fried coconut.

Fried coconut

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

4 cloves garlic finely chopped

4 spring onions finely chopped including green tops

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 ½ cups desiccated coconut

Pinch salt


Heat  oil in heavy based pan and fry garlic and spring onion for 2 minutes. Add spices then coconut and salt.

Lift and stir really well to mix flavours and cook until coconut is a rich brown.  Allow to cool completely then store for up to a week in screw top jar.

To freshen tip required quantity into a dry frying pan and stir until warmed through.

Cheers Pam

Waste council trip

Holdfast Bay Council is running a Waste Bus Tour, (yep it takes you to all the places that our Red, Green and Yellow rubbish bins go to). Maxine says a tour is really worth while. So we think we will make it a Community Garden event.

Names to Michael to book. We better get in early.
Waste Bus Tour, Thursday 20 April from 10.30 to 2.30pm


If nature loses its vitality, god help us.

Please ‘like’ our new facebook page

To unsubscribe, send the editor a 2000 word essay giving your reasons with the title, ‘Unsubscribe’.

Also, don’t believe everything you read on the web. J


Lets enjoy these evenings

Click the Folly image below for the video


Social Meeting at Sundown Friday, 27th January,  6PM

Glenelg North Newsletter – Nov ’16

Native Garden Project – Leap Forward

Watering and Heat

It’s getting hot.

Current Compost

Fruit this season

Re-cycling deposit containers

The Organic Market, Extra markets

Sally’s Grafting and budding workshop

Errington Children

Grow it then Eat it

Us on the Net


Native Garden Project – Leap Forward

We have been very fortunate to receive a grant from the Holdfast Bay Community Donations Program for the coming year to allow us to develop an Indigenous food garden.  We aim:-

  • To provide a garden bed to grow native foods and label.
  • To plan cooking classes that demonstrate the many uses of those plants
  • To liaise with the local Indigenous Community to be involved with the project
  • To liaise with individuals and/or groups in SA who are already involved in growing native plants

The grant money of $1470 will be matched by the garden and the project will need to be completed by December 2017.

Contact Pam Sando on if you would like to be part of the team. It’s a very exciting project so stay tuned.

Watering and Heat

The Measured Irrigation system is now working on your plot so it won’t be necessary to water. But check how damp the soil is 3 inches below the surface. The extremely intelligent Measured Irrigation  increases in watering as the weather gets hotter. We are currently running on mains water – so sad.


And all this water is going to waste too.

It’s getting hot.

Mulch your plot. It’s the only way to fend off the heat and evaporation. (Tests have shown mulch can make a difference of 25 degrees in the soil temperature.)

Start organising your shade cloth for your plot now.


Weed infestation in the edible garden. What should we do about this problem?

Current Compost

The old batch is now pretty well ready for use. Keep it a few inches away from seedlings for another week.

The new hot compost batch, ably chopped small by John and others, thanks, is coming along well with lots of heat. We turn out a LOT of waste.


This is where the horse component of the compost comes from. Beautiful stuff!

Fruit this season

The curly leaf got away from us this year and some say the peaches are not as tasty. Try some and let’s know your opinion.


Re-cycling deposit containers

We hit $44 with a new supply added from the Holdfast Towers. Don’t forget to bring your 10cent deposit containers along. Recycling is well worth the effort.

The Organic Market, Extra markets

The Organic market at the Community Centre Thursday mornings has extra markets scheduled:-

  • Sunday 27th November from 4pm – 8pm
  • Sunday 19th December from 4pm – 8pm
  • Saturday December 3rd from 8.45 – 11.45.

Besides the normal produce at the market there will be specialty stores for the Christmas markets.

The Community garden will have plants for sale at these markets plus the usual “Swap and Share”.

Please check the market website, email for further information.


Sally’s Grafting and budding workshop

Sally has a great way of keeping the interest high and entertaining while passing her knowledge across. We did hands on grafting and the lesser known budding, it was all good stuff. We budded bacon onto our Avocado. (The grafts we did on Sally’s last session have leaves and are looking good.)

Errington Children

Our special kids who come along on Thursdays  are graduating. Some will go to Minda. For those who will join Pam and Chris in support, the ceremony will be on 7th December at 6pm or 9th December at 9.30 a.m. They recommended the morning session, as I think that they are planning a little morning tea for us. Some of the class are moving on, however the rest of the group are looking forward to returning to the Community Garden.

Grow it then Eat it

We have had an abundance of beetroot and broad beans in the garden so here are a couple of recipes for you to try:-

Beetroot dip

I large beetroot or 2 medium

1-2 cloves garlic crushed

2 tablespoons Greek Style yoghurt

1 tablespoon chopped flat leaf parsley

1 tablespoon chopped dill

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Salt and ground black pepper

Cook beetroot in boiling water for approx. 15-20minutes.  Test with skewer to check it is tender

Allow to cool and the process all ingredients together and check for seasoning.  It is best to let the flavours in this dip to settle for several hours before using


Broad Bean, mint and fetta dip

250g broad beans

50gm fetta

1 garlic clove crushed

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons chopped mint

Fill a small saucepan with salted water and bring to the boil.  Blanch the beans for 2 minutes then drain, refresh with cold water and drain again.  Peel off and discard the bean’s skins.  Process broad beans, fetta, garlic and lemon juice in food processor until smooth.  Add the olive oil, mint and season with salt and pepper.

Have fun!

Cheers Pam


Middle Eastern Broad Bean Dip

  • Approx 500 – 600g fresh broad beans podded with skins slipped off
  • 1 large garlic clove,
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 – ¼ cup (30-60ml) extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for serving·
  • 1/4 teaspoon sumac, plus extra for serving (can substitute lemon zest – amount to your taste – teaspoon or so)

Note: You may have to adjust all seasonings to get the right taste as I have modified this recipe from another recipe using frozen broad beans.

Recipe:   which uses frozen broad beans.1kg fresh broad beans will give you 350g podded beans.

  • Toasted pitta or Turkish bread, to serve


Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil and cook broad beans for 2 minutes. Drain and plunge into cold water.

Place broad beans and remaining ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl, drizzle with a little extra oil and sprinkle lightly with extra

sumac. Serve with pitta or Turkish bread.


We can definitely grow beetroot. (These are Chris’s)

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Middle Eastern Broad Bean Dip

Beryl has provided this beauty. Thanks Beryl


Approx 500 – 600g fresh broad beans podded with skins slipped off.

  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 2-3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 – ¼ cup (30-60ml) extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for serving
  • 1/4 teaspoon sumac, plus extra for serving (can substitute lemon zest – amount to your taste – teaspoon or so)

Note: You may have to adjust all seasonings to get the right taste as I have modified this recipe from another recipe using frozen broad beans.

Recipe:   which uses frozen broad beans.1kg fresh broad beans will give you 350g podded beans.

Toasted pitta or Turkish bread, to serve


Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil and cook broad beans for 2 minutes. Drain and plunge into cold water.

Place broad beans and remaining ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl, drizzle with a little extra oil and sprinkle lightly with extra  sumac. Serve with pitta or Turkish bread.

Summer Grafting / Budding Workshop 24/11/16 10:00am

Sally will demonstrate and teach the different process of summer-grafting for evergreens such as citrus, avocados, etc. We will also cover summertime budding of stonefruit trees. This hands on practical workshop is on next Thurs Nov 24th at Glenelg North Community Garden.

RING SALLY BEFORE THURDAY, 0438 512 389 or email: to say what you are interested in.

Workshop Details


Demonstration & hands-on tutoring

Thursday, November 24th, 2016, 10am – 12noon (max)

Glenelg Community Garden, Kibby Reserve, cnr Alison & Kibby Aves, Glenelg Nth

Presenter: Sally Osterstock

 What to bring:

  • notebook & pencil, or i-pad etc
  • grafting knife if you have one, or a very sharp pocket-knife, Stanley knife, etc, with a retractable blade for safety.
  • BYO nibbles & drink bottle if required
  • Hat, sunscreen
  • A few freshly cut evergreen twigs if possible for practising on
  • OPTIONAL: your own potted fruit tree on which to graft & possibly some scions if you have them. Scions need to be freshly cut stems, up to pencil thickness, 10-15cm long sealed in plastic bags & kept cool.


  • sign in
  • meet & greet
  • grafting rationale & explanation
  • demonstration using fresh prunings
  • grafting and budding demonstrations on living fruit-trees
  • hands-on practice using prunings (limited number supplied)

 Sally will supply:

  • illustrated notes
  • grafting tape
  • supervision & advice as you experiment
  • a limited number of potted seedling avocado trees to purchase & graft if desired (from $10ea)
  • a limited number & range of scion (grafting) wood for your seedling trees if desired

Cost: $20 payable on the day (Glenelg Nth Community Garden Members half price)

Part proceeds go to Cornerstone High Schools in Uganda

Numbers limited.

NB This is an AO workshop so please arrange child-minding if you have small children as this activity involves using very sharp tools within easy reach & we do not have creche facilities.




Great Australian Garage Sale Trail

Hi Everyone, We thought instead of having an ‘Open Day’ this year we would take part in:

“The Great Australian Garage Sale Trail” on  Saturday 22nd of October. 09:00 – 02 pm

Here is ‘our’ site within this Australia wide idea.

Selling plants and anything else we can get our hands on.


Which brings me to my next point.

Please bring along saleable stuff NEARER the time. However, if it’s not sold you will have to dispose of it. This is a cruel and harsh ruling, I know, but we just can’t accumulate junk like the last huge pile.

The Veterans next door are also participating. They will be selling stuff and running a BBQ and are looking to have a coffee truck along. So should be a good day.

Anyone who wants to, is welcome to

Organise their own table and sell anything they like and keep the proceeds. You will man/person your own stall on site and you will clean up and take all unsold stuff away with you.

There will be a Cake Stall on the day. We are looking for someone to be the main contact point for this. Is this you?? Feed back on this please.  (And contributions) :).

I looked around the garden and we have lots to sell


Glenelg North Community Garden – Sept ’16

Annual General Meeting next

Saturday 10th Sept

$Our Treasurer$ is not happy

Mountains moved

The New North Path

Grafting Class

Cure found in garden

Seed Freedom Food Festival

Bees in the wild

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Annual General Meeting next

Saturday 10th Sept

Yes, its next Saturday. Come and potter about early; the short AGM will be

at 11:30. It will be followed by a meal of either soup or BBQ depending on which way the wind blows.

Quorum and votes etc. if you can’t make it, Chris would like your proxy (contact him).

And if you are not financial, please amend your wayward ways ($10) so you can vote.

All vacancies on the committee were filled but someone had to move to the country.

(With our best wishes). So there is a vacancy. We will rise to the challenge.

$Neville$ is not happy


All plot fees fall due on 1st Sept. It is $40 which covers you until end of February.

Also, there are a couple of memberships $10 which are still outstanding.

Also there are still a few lottery books to return.

Hence Neville’s unhappy face above. Please make him happy.

Payments can be made to Neville direct, or as a deposit into our bank account.

BSB:                    085-221

Account:             159042309

Account Name:  Brighton Community Eco Garden

Reference: MEMBERSHIP / PLOT, Your Name.

Mountains moved


The Activity Day was a great success with plants potted, paths layed,

irrigation built and sheds cleaned.

Great job.

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Bernie checks a Measured Irrigation inspection point. There are 16 of these clear tubes. And all plots are now on the system to be watered depending on evaporation.

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Chris skilfully kicks some of the new pipes into place before burying. NOTE Ask before you dig.

MI Leon


The flow splitter which covers all plots.  Don’t touch anything, it is very delicate.

Nice cover over the pipes, Leon.

The New North Path

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Champion bricklaying team hard at work.

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All layed in one single day!

Grafting Class

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Sally Osterstock lead us most pleasantly through the finer points of grafting

a ‘scion’ of one tree onto another.



Within a short time, we will confidently be harvesting Santa Rosa plums,

Satsuma plums and Luisa plums all from our Luisa plum tree. Fingers crossed. PS Delicate, don’t touch

Cure found in garden

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Catalyst in ABC stated that plenty of fruit and vegetables with heaps of

inherent fibre will fix many modern diseases. They also recommend the

ancient medicine of vinegar. The garden is producing heaps of greens at

the moment and will continue to do so.  Harvest, eat and safeguard your health.


We will either overdo the strawberry eating or sell these healthy plants for

the larger community to enjoy. Nice one, Pam and John.

Seed Freedom Food Festival

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So much going on everywhere. As above, Saturday Sept 24th, 10 am 1 Holland St Adelaide  (near King W and South Tce)

But wait there’s more, lots more. Huge list of meaningful entertainment here: Activities, and opportunities in all things environmental and sustainable. It puzzles my why people go overseas to be entertained.

Bees in the wild

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I’ve never seen honey bees set up without a bee hive box before. They like this olive tree.

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Despite the swelling, I’d still like to have a bee hive in or near the garden. The swelling took 4 days to go down. The above was just a big mistake and I don’t blame the bees.