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.


Glenelg North Community Garden – Nov.

Summary of this newsletter

  • Learning Avocado Grafting Thurs 16th Nov
  • Sundowner Sauerkraut 17th Nov
  • Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Needs You. 30 Nov
  • Questionnaire Needs your answer.
  • Edible Weeds

This newsletter may also be read at

Where you will also find the 2017 questionnaire.

For those inclined, the Facebook page is here:

Learning Avocado Grafting Thurs 16th Nov 10:00

Sally will demonstrate and have hands on practice, how to graft good varieties of avocado onto existing trees.

Cost $20. RSVP Sally. 0438 512 389

Sundowner Sauerkraut Making  Friday 17/11 6pm


The first of the Sundowner events. Hands on or come along simply to watch, chat and socialise.

RSVP: If you want Sauerkraut yourself, Michael needs your name so as to have numbers. Numbers limited.

Save nice sized jars now. You will need them. mob 0427 158 341

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle – 30 Nov.

Hello everyone, this is the first Bunnings Marion Sausage Sizzle for the new committee

When? Thursday 30th November

Why? So you can have a fun day & raise enough money for all of us to go on a nice cruise. Okay. To raise enough to finish netting the orchard and other projects

What We Need :

Someone [or couple of people] to order /pick up & deliver the sausages, bread & onions to the BBQ @ 7.20 am on the Thursday morning

Someone to pick up the boxes containing serviettes/sauce/tools etc from the shed & have @ BBQ for 7.20am

Someone to Buy the drinks & ice ,cool & deliver to BBQ @ 7.20am

Someones to Set up the area & do the first shift 7.20 am-10.30  4 people required

Someones to Second shift again 4 people         10.30am -1.30 pm

Someones to Last shift of the day            1.30-4.30pm. Another 4 people needed

I have been tardy getting this out to you ,but need to fill the roster by the 10th of November. Please feel free to show me up with your quick responses.

To Pat @

The Community Garden fairies will thank you. Thanking you in anticipation. Pat


Eagerly awaiting the return of the Questionnaire. If you are pretty happy with how things are running, please simply say this

It is attached to this email again if it has been sucked into the void. And it is also on our web site.

President Margaret will have hard copies. Expect to be chased around the garden and pinned down with secateurs and a biro.

Key points will be the little things members will handle personally so there is always something to do when you come to the Community Garden. Also what Projects excite you.

You will hear the committee’s decisions which come out of this.


Edible Weeds

David suggested we ought to know about edible weeds. I investigated and was most entertained by

Foraging with the Wild Food Huntress which was put on by Kate at Marion Cultural Centre. She knows a LOT.


You will recognise Twelve of the above weeds.

You can eat them all.  For those who really want to get into it, go to Kate’s site. Maybe someone will want to reserve a plot to grow weeds!

Purslane  Chickweed  Dandelion  Mallow (marshmallow)  Stinging Nettle  Plantain  SourSob  Wild Mustard  Prickly Pear  Wild Fennel


Community Garden Mushrooms


David encouraged Wayne the hills mushroom man, recently moved to Hove to put some mushroom spoor? in the Community Garden.

It worked! If mushrooms pop up in your plot and they look like these, eat them or give them to me.



Why Sustainability trumps Economic Growth; Nature bats last.



Community Garden Questionnaire

Rather than guess what members would like, we are asking.

Please see the attached Word Doc. The committee is happy to receive it if you can print it or email it to a committee member. It will take you 10 minutes.

Questionaire – Community Garden Members 2017

Glenelg North Community Garden Oct ’17 – looking ahead

 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)

Frog in the Garden

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.

Regular Events

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 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.

Activity Days

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
*Orchard protection
*Indigenous Garden

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:, so we can proceed with the Project.

Posts missing are approximately 600mm high with coloured labels on top – see photo.

misssing posts

We would really appreciate their return. Mobile: 0488 422 944   email:

Battle and strife in the Community Garden

Good guys versus Bad guys

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.

Looks like it will be a very good year for the quince tree.


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


For the modern e-aware among us please

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Proudly supported by the City of Holdfast Bay Council

Glenelg North Community Garden Sept 17

Activity Day – Saturday 9th Sept

Jam / Pickles /Cakes

Open Day Saturday 23rd Sept

AGM Saturday 7th Oct

The previous Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

News from the Committee Meeting 22/8/17

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Activity Day – Saturday 9th Sept

Lots to do this Saturday. Let’s have a nice early start at 09:00.

  • Labelling and costing of plants in preparation for the Open day, see below
  • Paving the sensory garden with slate
  • Orchard netting Framework
  • Tidy up everywhere for the open day. If in doubt, see coordinator Michael

Followed by a simple BBQ around 12:00.

Jam / Pickles /Cakes

Pat wants some jam/pickle jars. They are for the  open day to make some relish. Thanks Pat.

And we are looking for lots of awesome homemade cakes and things to sell on the Open day.

Open Day Saturday 23rd Sept

Open day poster

10:00 – 15:00 pm

Please tell everyone and invite your extended family.

  • Plant sales,  coffee truck, home grown food.
  • Tours of the garden, Compost talks, Worm talks, Kids classes,
    Kids lemonade stall.
  • Composting bags from Council.
  • CHERRY TOMATO KIDS CLUB. The Community Garden is starting up a kids club which will meet once a month in the warmer months. Lots of fun activities for kids. Come along on the open day to talk about the ideas.

See Jo and Zel who are coordinating.

 AGM Saturday 7th Oct

Big Change this year. Our President Pam, Secretary Chris and very active organiser Pat stepping down. You will have received requests for nominations for the Glenelg North Community Garden Committee. If you are super, awesome and want to come aboard, do let us know.

It is rumoured the following are interested; Michael, Jo, Donna, Jenny, Luke, Margaret, Annette. And…

Wishing Chris a speedy recovery to full health and vigour.

The previous Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

Well done the sizzlers. We cleared about  $600. This is how we are able to buy the bits and pieces in the garden we need.


From the Committee meeting 22/8/17

There will be some Chapel Street Planting. Who is also interested in this project?

We have received a research request from Timothy Cavagnaro Associate Professor of Soil Ecology at the University of Adelaide. A student doing postgrad work will be looking at our soil, taking samples and revealing all. This Urban Agriculture research results will be most interesting. We will know how well our compost enriched soil really is.


In the Garden

David Peas_tn

Nice crop David!


This is a Lentil plant. Broad acre farming near Kadina. I had no idea we grow so many acres of Lentils. Note the nodule, nitrogen fixing in the soil.


Everything is so green (well, not everything) at this time of year.

Our garden friend or foe?  What is it.

Have people like the new f/b


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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.’

Would all you Facebook fanatics please ‘like’ f/b page

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


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Lets enjoy these evenings

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