Topics this month
• Next Monday Night (13/10) – Speaker
• The Ying and Yang of Compost
• Mulch and Mulched
• The potting days
• Snails and slugs
• Water supply
• Whose plot is that?
• Our garden – Feng Shui
• A Uni survey
Next Monday evening 7 pm.
Many of you know Nadja from the Organic Corner Store Market. She will talk and chat to us about “integrating the elements” in an urban garden. She will consider the needs and yields of a whole range of potential garden ingredients, from worms to trees, and how they all fit together.
See you there. Bring a small plate to share. (And a barrel of wine, just joking).
The Ying and Yang of Compost
We are happy but sad; happy that you are using the compost for your plot but sad at the rate it is being used. Share it around, you don’t need to put it on inches deep.
The latest batch of hot compost is just about cooked and ready for you pretty soon.
Mulched and Mulching
The heat is coming on. Mulch can hold the temperature down from 50 degrees to 25 degrees in your plot so mulch is a must. Avoid the fires of hell and mulch.
As you know, we have mulched the trees at the rear fence.
Potting Up day
Ken demonstrated his method in moving the very small seedling to a small pot. Lots potted up. Next step is to sell them. We will have a go at the organic market.
Does anyone have any ideas for other places we could sell at?
Potting Up at Pam and Chris’s
Water. What’s happening.
The dot2dot system is working for the member general plots but it needs fine tuning. But we are using a LOT of water and we need to control this somehow without making the plants die of thirst.
The Community Centre has allowed us to take some of their rain water until they connect up their toilets to it and the Veterans give us all their runoff when their tanks are full (which is currently all the time). Now all we need is for it to rain.
Swap and Share table
Going well with Pam leading the charge. Got anything to swap / share?
Snails and slugs in your bed
Slug and Snail Trap
A safe, effective and reusable snail trap, that doesn’t require pellets to work. Bury the trap so the rim is level with the ground, half-fill it with beer, which holds an irresistible attraction to slugs and snails, who will then happily drown! Also useful for earwigs if baited with soy sauce and a thin film of vegetable oil on top. You can make a trap out of any container really.
Di says Multiguard Snail Pellets are convenient and very effective. (There is a picture of a dog and cat on the box). They break down into iron compounds so are good for the soil. However, you must keep birds like pigeons from eating them. Also don’t let dogs or cats eat them – they can make them sick also.
Never use the green pellets made with Metaldehyde – or the blue pellets with Methiocarb. They are both very toxic to animals and the soil.
Whose plot is that?
What on earth does ↑ mean? It is a general use plot, not assigned to an individual. But certain individual take special interest. Ask before you plant and ask before you take and feel the vibes, man.
Our garden from the Feng Shui view
It’s all about positioning and timing with good old fashioned common sense, Natural laws apply and if followed, bring success.
Belief is not required. Good soil, sun, air, water and drainage are prerequisites for success. A tomato seed planted at the right time with correct conditions will grow whether you believe it or not. The same applies to fengshui with its many guidelines.
The key to starting is being neat ,tidy, clean, decluttered with everything working. Spring cleans can do wonders. Fresh growth and colour can renew situations or bring in new ones. Change your space and change your life.
Have fun, Richard.
Survey – give it a whirl.
A group of 3rd Year, Environmental Science students from the University of South Australia are conducting a research project on how community gardens can be used to build more sustainable communities and would like to ask for your assistance in completing a survey. Should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete.
Please indicate at the end of the survey if you would like to receive a copy of the survey results.
If you have any questions about the survey contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your time. Kind regards
Barbara Murphy, Scott Giacopini, Jacob Arnold, Josh Fielke, Racheal Ki
Bachelor of Environmental Science (3rd Year)
University of South Australia