Glenelg North Community Garden – Summer 2018


  • Current News
  • Upcoming Events – there is lots happening!
  • Miscellaneous
  • Reminders


 New Executive Committee

 The GNCG recently held its AGM. The function was attended by about 20 Community Garden Members and outgoing President Margaret Liptak told the meeting that the year had been one of the Garden’s most successful with lots of people focussed events supported by the garden including a field trip to Sophie’s Patch, Traditional Easter Egg Hunt in the Garden, Winter Solstice Shared Soup Lunch, Cherry Tomatoes Kids Gardening Club being included in the Children’s University family and a super day at Plant Lollapalooza were all highlights of the year.

Committee Members

  • Ben Schaeffer (President),
  • Donna Triggs (Treasurer),
  • Jo Schofield (Secretary)
  • Ralene Shaw, Committee Member
  • Bernadette Couve de Murville Committee Member
  • Melissa Priest (as COHB representative)

October Sundowner

Our first Sundowner for the Season was a great success with lots going on. Members participated in making Kim-Chi, helped out on our plant stall at the Organic Corner Store Twilight Markets and got together to share lots of gardening ideas over a few kombuchas!

A BIG THANK YOU to all the volunteers who helped make it all happen from planting seeds organising a roster, setting up, manning the stall and packing up at the end of the night. It really takes a team and here is our A-Team:

Pam Sando, Chris Sando, Pat Spender, Michael Dwyer, Ralene Shaw, Aine Greene, Donna Triggs, Marion Flavel, Megan Rusk and Jo Schofield.


Cheers Kombucha!


 Kimchi Making

 Fruit Trees

 With thanks to the support of the City of Holdfast Bay citrus fruit trees will very shortly be planted in the new carpark garden beds necklacing the gardens entrances for all of the community to enjoy the bounty. But first we need to prep the soil. Anyone interested in helping please speak with Bernadette.


 Ukulele Jam in the Garden

On Friday 26th October our neighbours from the local Senior’s Social Group, Kindy and Ukulele Band all got together to rock it out in the garden!

For real there is no “ageist silo mentality” at Kibby Reserve


Garden Chef

 Our Garden Chef workshops launched this week with the talented Joanne Lappas leading us in how to make Spanakopita (spinach picked straight from the garden) – Delish!

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***Anyone interested in leading a future cooking workshop please contact Jo 0475471100


Wowza this year’s GNCG Summer in the Garden Program is off to a strong start!


 Magnificent Mosaic Monday   –  10am to 12pm a the Garden


 Come & learn how to create beautiful and durable works of mosaic tile art for your home and garden in a friendly, fun-filled and supportive environment.

Workshops will run on a weekly basis and are very flexible; you are not locked into attending every week.

Workshop fees/week Gncg member $15,  Non-member   $20

Please message us via Facebook  or call Jo 0475471100 to reserve your place.


Smell the Roses Mindfulness

Tuesdays 6.30-7.15pm at the Garden

meditationTwilight Mindfulness & Meditation – using all our senses in our beautiful summer garden.

Local mindfulness teacher and author Annie Harvey shall lead you in learning the basic techniques to bring your attention to your experiences occurring in the present moment.

So, literally the tools for how to stop and smell the roses!

Places are limited to 12.  Cost $10p/p includes cup of herbal tea/water


Art in the Garden

Sundays 8am to 10am

flower artNo artistic experience necessary!

This is an early Sunday Morning creative play meditation. You will explore simple techniques for drawing and painting flowers and plants in a clear golden light.

Looking at flower and plant shapers, along with growth pattern you will discover how your decorative art piece can take shape.

Basic starter materials and equipment will be provided. As you progress you many want to work on your own projects.

$20 per person/class   Bookings essential: Jo 0475471100




Remembrance Day Sunday Nov 11th 11am

 poppiesTo Commemorate Armistice 100 there will be a Remembrance Day Ceremony at the William Kibby Memorial Garden, Kibby Reserve (just next to us, opposite the Veterans Shed)

Be there at 10.45am for 11am on Sunday 11 November.

The ceremony will be followed with a famous Vets Shed sausage sizzle by gold coin donation.


Tree Grafting Workshop

Saturday Nov 17th 1- 3pm


After much demand Sally Osterstock will be back in the garden again to teach the expert techniques on how to graft mangoes, avocados, white sapote and citrus trees for summer fruit trees.

$20/person (not including materials/trees)

Limited 10 places only. 

Bookings & ordering of trees:

Sally 0438512389


SA Community Gardens

Saturday Nov 17th 2pm

Prospect Community Garden



2018 SA Community Garden Gathering “How does your garden grow?”

Kicks with two workshops:

  • How to START a community garden?
  • How to BUILD (and maintain!) community in a community garden.

Event starts at 2pm sharp with a garden tour and will conclude with time to network and ask questions.

Tea and coffee will be provided, please bring some food to share and swap.


Glenelg Xmas Pageant 10am

Sunday November 25th


 pageantFor the first time ever we are participating in the Glenelg Xmas Pageant and we are very excited!!!  If you would like to be involved in helping please contact Jo 0475471100.

Big School Walkout for Climate Action

Friday Nov 30th 11am

Steps of SA Parliament House

Climate ChangeStudents from Adelaide are inviting school students to walk out of school on the 30th of November to call for real climate action to protect our future. Students across Australia will be striking with us throughout the week.
Learn more:

Organic Corner Store Twilight Markets PLUS

Friday Nov 30th 4 -8pm 


The Twilight Markets are for everyone, so please come down, grab some dinner, buy your Christmas pressies direct from the maker and listen to some cool music.

We are looking for members to help on our plant stall on the night and in exchange for your assistance we are going to offer you participation in a workshop onsite at 5.30pm MAKE YOU OWN SUCCULENT XMAS WREATH for the cost of materials only (approx. $20 each).

The rules to participate are:

  1. You are a GNCG member
  2. You will help at the Markets on the Friday Nov 30th
  3. You will pay about $20 for materials
  4. You book your place and time with Pat Spender. There is only room for 10

And in return you make and take one of these baby’s home!


Friday 7th December 6.30pm

 xmas sundowners

Please join us to celebrate the holiday season and a very productive year in our abundant garden. Zel and Ben have been practising some tunes and carols and will serenade us all as the sun sets and we share some joy and good cheer.  Please bring a plate to share and BYO drinks.



We are currently waiting to hear back about a ConservationSA grant application to help us convert our raised garden beds over to wicking beds.

This is a long term project to help conserve water. It will involve researching, experimenting with different types, documenting everything of what we did and keeping records of water usage in each bed. We aim to complete this over 2 years and have a rich trove of information gathered that we can share with other groups and individuals in the broader community.

We require interested people to come be involved with a working group to get this started.



  • Plot Fees are NOW OVERDUE. If you want to keep your plot please make check that your accounts are up to date. We have a waiting list for people wanting to rent a plot.
  • We collect 10c bottles for recycling. Please feel free to drop off your clean empty bottles so that we can cash them in to buy more gardening gear.recycles
  • Mulch your Plot. There is pea straw in the shed, please help yourself and mulch your plot to help keep the moisture in your soil.






Post Palooza Glenelg North Community Garden Newsletter


  • Current News
  • Upcoming Events
  • Volunteer Positions
    • Upcoming AGM Sat 20/10
  • Garden Travel


What a Fabulous Day!

The Sun was shining, bees ’a’ buzzing and people creating, looking, learning and loving the garden.

Huge Shout Out to all the amazing volunteers who baked, planted, weeded and generally helped to make the day such a success. It was joyful to see friends both old and new connecting and using our wonderful garden.

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Snail racing – a big hit!

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Next year, we might have a snail race bookie. (Just joking)


Right into it.



The virtues of hot compost



 We have had lots of visitors over the past few weeks.

On Monday 10 September, a group of community professionals and educators toured the garden as part of a professional development program looking at creating new gardens in schools and early learning centres.


The start of a wicking plot. It will save water and decrease maintenance.


Over two Tuesdays we had 80 Grade 1 Students from Immanuel College visit the garden. They performed a variety of garden tasks with great gusto! From planting, watering and harvesting to discovering the variety of plants and their tastes and smells in a garden treasure hunt. We look forward to hearing about the progress of their own, soon to be vegetable patch at school.

Last Thursday Zane the Activities Organiser from Bunnings Marion (our Sausage Sizzle Boss) dropped in on us and brought a wonderful Bee Hotel she had made herself to be donated to St Leonards Primary School Garden, as well as some seedlings for our garden.  Don’t worry if you missed her, this will not be Zane’s last visit. If you see her floating about the garden say Hi!


Urban Agriculture Research

 Our resident researcher Matthias Saloman, from Adelaide University has been shortlisted for a very prestigious grant, and is jetting off to Italy to present his proposal  “Can a city feed its people? – Analysis of urban soils in Adelaide towards their safety and potential for urban agriculture.’ He will compete with 10 other finalists from around the world. We wish him the best of luck.


Above. Matthias explains to members about soil and his PHD research.

Below is a short synopsis of what he is now working on:

Future predictions illustrate a sharp growth in world population, coinciding with a decrease in available farm land. This predicted scenario will have serious impacts on global food security. Urban agriculture is a promising solution to tackle this problem. Using the waste products of urban settlements and integrating them back into the food supply preserves resources and is an important step towards sustainable food production.

However, there is a lack of information on growing crops in densely populated areas and reusing municipal waste products as fertilizer. This project will collect soil samples across the metropolitan area of Adelaide (South Australia) and analyse them in relation to soil health and safety. Additionally, land use metadata will be collected to gain insight into the city’s potential to grow crops. Altogether, we can make informed conclusions about the city’s potential to feed its people, as well as raise the profile of urban agriculture.



 Get your diary out, there is a lot of great things coming up as the weather warms and the days get longer.


Glenelg North Community Garden AGM and BBQ



Current members will be sent an email with meeting agenda, 2018 financial statement & minutes from last year’s AGM for their review.

The AGM will be a quick affair involving the President’s & Treasurer’s Report. Then we will vote the new committee in and address any other business.

We will herald in the new committee with a celebratory BBQ.

See you there.


FRIDAY 26 OCT. 5.30 – 8.30PM

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 We are kicking off our 2018-19 Sundowner Series with a ‘How to Make Kimchi’ Workshop before the social gathering.

Kimchi, a staple in Korean Cuisine is a traditional side dish made from salted and fermented vegetables. If you liked the Sauerkraut Workshop we ran last year, you will LOVE the added spice of Kimchi.

How to Make Kimchi Workshop 5.30-7pm

SPACES LIMITED BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Michael 0427158341 for details & what to bring. Michael must have numbers to ensure there are enough ingredients.  But if curious, come along simply as an onlooker.

Social Sundowner starts 6.30ish BYO drinks and a plate of nibbles to share or grab yourself something delicious from the Organic Corner Store Twilight Markets (4-8pm)


FRIDAYS 26 OCT, 30 NOV & 21 DEC. 4-8PM

 Imagine if you could wander round to your local community centre, on a balmy Friday evening and do your Christmas shopping with no parking nightmares and no shopping zombies? Well You Can!

The Organic Corner Store is hosting 3 Twilight Markets in the lead up to the holiday season.

Think handmade unique creations, jewellery, fair-trade, eco- friendly, plants, artworks, organic foods, music…think how wonderful that would be. Check out them out at  We will see you there!

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 CTKG Club is back and ready to paint the garden beet red! We are very excited to have been recently included as a learning destination for the the Children’s University Australia Program.

You are going to learn how to make your own rustic paintbrushes from twigs and ink from berries and beetroot. What can go wrong?!

Suitable for ages 8+

Cost $7 (includes healthy snack, with some garden foraged foods)


BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Contact Jo 0475471100

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The SA Community Garden Network are organising a get together and concurrent workshops on how to START a community garden AND those who would like to know how to BUILD community through your garden. Our Secretary Jo has been invited to speak on the panel about “How to Keep the Community in Community Gardens”

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Saturday 17th November 1- 3pm

After much demand Sally Osterstock will be back in the garden again to teach the expert techniques on how to graft mangoes, avocados, white sapote and citrus trees for summer fruit trees.

$20/person (not including materials/trees)

Limited 10 places only. 

Bookings & ordering of trees:

Sally 0438512389

(Trees must be ordered by 26/10/2018)





GNCG will be participating in these markets and would love people to put their hands up to come help spread the holiday cheer for a few hours on one of the above Fridays.

Please contact Jo 0475471100 if you can spare a few hours on a Friday evening. 


We have a regular weekly swap table at the Thursday Organic Corner Store Markets at GN Community Centre from 9am to 1pm. If you can spare a couple of hours to help once in a blue moon put your name on the roster board on the shed or call Heather 0430378822 

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We are looking for a crack team of people to help us plant up seedlings, cuttings etc. for the Christmas Markets and Summer planting in the garden. No experience necessary, just enthusiasm to learn about plant babies. Call Pam 0458422944


 Would you like to learn how to make a Wicking Bed? We are just about ready to put a large one together after our inspiring field trip to Sophie’s Patch earlier in the year. It would be great to get this finished before the hot weather comes. Call Jo 0475471100 or just swing by the garden to get involved.


 Yes, that time of year is almost upon us again, when someone will approach you while you are working away in you garden bed quietly minding your own business! A roster will be out shortly with daily spots to visit the garden early in the morning or after work to water the plants living in pots. If we share 2 days each that should just about get us throw the summer so please have a look at your preferences and get in early.


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 We are considering applying to participate in the Glenelg Christmas Pageant this year on Sunday 25 November. We would be looking for approximately 15 -20 volunteer garden members and their families to participate as garden gnomes, twee gardeners, butterflies, ladybirds, scarecrows, and mother nature. The plan would be to parade down Jetty Road giving out packets of sunflower/hollyhock seeds to audience members…a few gardeners pushing decorated wheelbarrows. We would also need members willing to help in the lead up behind the scenes to keep any costs down. Register you interest and enquiries to Jo 0475471100. 



 Norfolk Island Holiday by Simone Hunter

An enchanting travel opportunity to a unique Pacific island where the natural world abounds is to be experienced on Norfolk Island. I recently visited this treasure island as a participant in the group volunteer conservation project Wild Mob which organises and hosts projects for wildlife habitat restoration on islands around Australia and New Zealand. The focus of the 7-day holiday for us small group of enthusiastic explorers was working a few hours each day in the national park on potting, planting and mulching endangered plants to revegetate weedy areas.

In addition, we collected pieces of plastic pollution from bays and beaches; did rare plant surveys and measurements; set rat bait traps to control these introduced predators that have caused the native green parrot to become critically endangered.

After lunch every day we were taken in our hire van all over the island for walking, bird watching and sight seeing in the magnificent sub tropical forests, stunning coastline and lovely parklands. We also enjoyed visits to several museums which bring to life the history and culture of this amazing place. Our Wild Mob leader, an environmental scientist, gave non stop interesting commentary on the ecology, flora, fauna, history, geography and conservation work of NI. We were treated to pre arranged invitations to meals and picnics with some of the local residents, Wild Mob having a good reputation for its environmental contribution. We felt we were highly valued tourists.

Our accommodation was comfortable eco-apartments with views over a valley of iconic NI pine trees. It was light at 5 am which made it easy to arise early to make the most of every moment of our time there. The rich volcanic soil there is gardeners’ delight. Tropical fruit trees seem to grow everywhere. All fruit and vegetables are local, seasonal, organic and delicious. Quiet country roads with no traffic light or street lights open up a clear view of the dark night sky and its stars. So magically different from city life.

The peace and natural beauty of Norfolk Island along with the exciting adventures provided for us by Wild Mob, the friendly company and conversations of the group members made my trip to NI a memorable experience I intend to repeat.

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Saturday 27 Oct 10am-4pm

Our neighbours are having a Spring Fair. This is a cracking event with showbags, carnival capers, face painting, kids extreme entrepreneurship, as well as the usual fabuluousness of plants sales and the like.



A small point – in the Spring Newsletter sent out on 31st August, in the paragraph about compost, the roles of Potassium and Phosphorus have been reversed.   Potassium is for flowers, fruit and disease resistance while Phosphorus is for root development.

Thanks Diana.


Spring Newsletter Glenelg North Community Garden


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We have just received a grant through the City of Holdfast Bay Community Donation Program to install a Public Art Sculpture in the carpark garden bed next to the shade-house.

Wheel Arch

We will be putting in a Recycled Bicycle Wheel Arch a la Sophie’s Patch to grow Tromboncino up for all the community to enjoy!


  • Plant Lollapalooza
  • Current News
  • Upcoming Events
  • AGM
  • Bach Flowers remedies for plants
  • Back care in the garden and
  • Nomination forms

Lollapalooza: “A person or thing that is particularly impressive or attractive”

We could use the term to describe this newsletter (it’s a BIG ONE!). Instead we thought it would describe our upcoming Open Day perfectly.





Our Plant Lollapalooza AKA Open Day is happening on Sunday 23rd September 10am to 3pm.

This year it will be bigger than ever with friends of the garden joining in the celebrations:

Wagtail Urban Farm, OmMade Skincare, Daisy Dreams Designs, McCau’ls Olive Oil, Lavalicious Coffee and Slape’s Mushroom House and hopefully an Urban Honey/Beekeeper are all coming along and open for business on the day.

We will also have lots of HEALTHY & CHEAP plants and seedlings for sale, including new season tomatoes and strawberries etc… A sausage sizzle and homemade lemonade stall, baked goods, kids’ crafts, bee hotels, wicking beds. The GNCG Inaugural SNAIL RACE is happening.

This Event is our Main Fundraiser and Community Outreach Program for the year.


  • PRINT off a few of the Posters (attached) and SHARE with your other social groups, friends and family!
  • FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK to keep up to date on events.
  • CLICK that you are Attending EVENT on Facebook. SHARE EVENT. INVITE your friends



10-11.30am –       Mosaic Workshop (FULLY BOOKED)

11am –                  Compost Demonstration

12.10pm –            Snail Race

12.40pm –             Worm Farm Tour

1-2.30pm –           Kids Nature Crafts

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Thank you to all the volunteers that have put their hands up to help make our Plant Lollapalooza a great success. There are still a few things we need help with and even if you can’t make it on the day, you can still be a part of the fun!


  • We are running a MONEY TREE rather than a raffle this year, so EVERYONES A WINNER! To make this happen, we are looking for donations of PRIZES.  We need interesting new condition items.  Please dig through your cupboards for those unwanted Xmas/Birthday presents and donate them for our fun money raiser. This is recycling at its best!
    Drop off items at the Garden on Thursdays or Saturdays for collection.
  • Donations of HOME BAKED GOODS and Preserves much appreciated for the Cake Stall. Savoury or Sweet. Ingredients labelled and a price guide is helpful. Please contact Heather 0430378822
  • We still have a few spots to fill on the PLANT SALES table. If you can spare a few hours either 8am-11am or 1pm-3pm please contact Jo 0475471100.



You may have noticed our orchard has had a radical haircut.

Phase One of wrestling our fruit trees back into order took place on Friday 20th July under the stewardship of Steve Hoepfner of Wagtail Urban Farm. Another pruning will take place during the summer and then we should be back on track towards growing delicious fruit that is easy to reach.

Thank you to members Bernadette Couve de Murville, Chris Sando and Michael Dwyer for helping Steve on the day and cleaning up all the cuttings.

**Note: We promote a minimal waste garden and the scions were collected by garden member Sally Osterstock for future grafting projects.

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 The orchard,  Before & After


GNCG Compost Guru Michael Dwyer has sourced some Super-Organic-Home-Grown Chook Poo which has been added into the mix.

Manures like green compost improve the texture of soil, allows roots to spread easily and is a good source of the following minerals:

Nitrogen – is for optimum growth by promoting healthy foliage &stems.
Potassium – is essential for strong root systems.
Phosphorus – help plants resist disease.

Getting the balance right is quite an art and Michael is becoming a maestro at the hot mix (the chook manure is nearly half as rich in nitrogen as horse manure and hopefully mitigates nematodes’ on the tomatoes this season)

He will be sharing his tips at 11am at the Plant Lollapalooza on Sunday 23rd September.  And he is also definitely open to having Compost Assistants in the Garden. If you would like to learn more contact Michael 0427158341


The EXCITING  arrival of Chook Poo


While all hell broke loose in the Eastern States at the thought of people having BYO bags at supermarkets, a whole swathe of our community took it to the next level and accepted the challenge to imagine a world without plastic bags altogether.

Research suggests it only takes 3 weeks to create a new habit and many people are continuing into Plastic Free 2018 and beyond…

The suggestion was put forward that GNCG officially becomes are Plastic Bag Free Zone. With some planning and education, we could do this!

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Thank you and Good Luck!

We reached just under our target of $750. Money that really helps keeps the garden growing and creating for everyone to enjoy.

We need to hand in everything to the People’s Choice Credit Union by Monday 10th September. If you still have your book and funds outstanding, PLEASE RETURN TO GNCG ASAP. Jo will be hunting you down very shortly!

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The very knowledgeable Sally Osterstock recently led a fully booked Grafting Workshop, with members and new friends preparing their chosen fruit trees to take home and plant for future generations to enjoy.

Participants learnt that “Whip & Tongue” is not some freaky bedroom move, but rather an expert technique used to successfully graft fruit trees to increase fruit production. Sally will be running another workshop covering Subtropical and Citrus Trees in November.








(Soil and plants not included)
Ready to pick up at GNCG Plant Lollapalooza on 23 September 2018.

All the hard work has been done for you!
Each wicking bed comes with written instructions, all you need to do is add dirt and your chosen vegetable seedling .

Wicking Beds are like giving your Plants a bottle of water, so that they can help themselves when thirsty!

Call Jo 0475 471 100 to order yours ready to grow your own summer salads!



Saturday 7th October 2018 1pm

Do you LIKE gardening? Do LIKE community?

If you answered YES to either of these questions, consider nominating yourself for the GNCG steering committee.

If you would like to nominate, think about what areas you would like to apply yourself to. Try to approach this with a growth mindset i.e.  “I could learn how to do that!” not just things that you know you can do.

This means all it requires is an active interest and the rest will come (with GNCG’s full support)



Friday 26th October

It is that time of year again when we gather once a month on a Friday during the evening golden hour and share a drink and snacks with some great company.

This year we are kicking off with a How to Make Kimchi Workshop before the social meeting.

Kimchi, a staple in Korean cuisine, is a traditional side dish made from salted and fermented vegetables. If you liked the Sauerkraut workshop we ran last year, you will LOVE the added spice of Kimchi.

How to Make Kimchi Workshop 5.30pm – 7pm

**Bookings essential Contact Michael 0427158341 for details and what to bring

Social Sundowner starts 6.30ish BYO drinks and a plate to share.





 Sundowner Drinks


Tuesday 9th October 11.30 to 12.30

Looking for school holiday activities?
Our friends at the  YMCA Holdfast Bay Community Centre on King George Avenue have this happening



Do your kids a favour, get them off the technology and kick ‘em out into the garden…for a couple of hours…once a month.

CTKG club encourages a love for the environment for 6 to 12 year olds through nature play and creative making; learning about organic plant growth, soils and insects (helpers &pests).

CTKG takes place once a month on Sundays during daylight savings, 10am – 12pm

Dates are: October 28th 2018, November 25th 2018, December 23rd 2018, February 24th 2019, and March 24th 2019.

 Cost $7 per child. Materials and Snack provided. BYO water bottle, hat and sunblock.

Bookings essential contact Jo 0475471100



 Saturday 17th November 1- 3pm

 After much demand Sally Osterstock will be back in the garden again to teach the expert techniques on how to graft mangoes, avocados, white sapote and citrus trees for summer fruit trees.

$20/person (not including materials/trees)

Limited 10 places only. 

Bookings & ordering of trees:

Sally 0438512389

(Trees must be ordered by 26/10/2018)



– By Aine Greene
Plants have feelings too!  We have all heard of the success of gardeners who say they talk, sing or even play music to their plant. These gardeners are transferring good energy for a positive outcome and you can try this at home or in the garden easily.

Bach Flowers remedies originated in the 1920s when British physician and bacteriologist Dr Edward Bach noticed that patients with physical complaints often also seemed to be suffering from anxiety or some kind of negative emotion. He originally collected the dew from chosen flowers by hand to treat his patients, but eventually put flower essences’ into tinctures with either an alcohol or spring water base.

Bach Flower remedies can be used in potted plants and gardens to help treat sick plants, after pruning or after any branches or leaves have been accidentally broken, or when replotting plants.

Simply put the Bach Flower Remedies that apply in the water that you will use to water the plants. Add 2 drops to a bucket of water of 10 drops if it is Rescue Remedy and wet the leaves/area.

Problem                                                                                         Use

Adjustment changes, new beginnings, repotting                   Walnut, Honeysuckle
Pruning, broken branches or leaves, trauma, shock             Star of Bethlehem, Hornbeam, Olive, Vine
Feeling offended, unloved                                                          Heather
Forgot to water                                                                            Star of Bethlehem, Rock Rose
Bug/pests                                                                                       Crab Apple

**Note: The remedies referred to above are the commercial remedies available in shops. However, if you have access to any of these flowers you can make your own remedies.



Our garden is very well designed in regards to protecting backs (raised beds, wood chip to stop weeds etc.) but it is still really important to take care of bodies and posture when working in the garden.

Bernadette has sourced us some great articles worth a look and we will be introducing new kneeling mats into the garden for general use in the very near future.

Short and sweet, covers digging, weeding, lifting and wheelbarrow dumping

I also liked some of the tips on this website, like the ones in the ‘Gardening When You Can’t Bend Easily’ section.

Not only the above. There is a hammer in the shed for driving stakes into the ground. You will never miss and graze / break a finger using this hammer. While substantial, just about anyone can use it to drive in a stake.  Warning, don’t get carried away. But if you do drive it in too deep, call on Neville or Michael to pull up the stake.

Dropper hammer

Questions?  Contact Jo.




Winter Newsletter Glenelg North Community Garden


Kibby Reserve Alison Street



  • 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

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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.

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 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.


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“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.

e.g. below but go to the site above.


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