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.

Mulching

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

Great day and lots of productive activity. Well done everyone. Look at them hard at work. ChrisPamsPotUp ChPamPotUp 2 ChPamPotUp 3

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 Trapslug catcher
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.
Di Evans

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.

Member General

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.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/UniSA_GrowingSustainableCommunitiesThroughCommunityGardens
If you have any questions about the survey contact murbp001@mymail.unisa.edu.au.
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

Spring Wet my Plants

About Michael D

Member of the Glenelg North Community Garden, Adelaide South Australia. Member of the Marion Writers Group and writing about the fascinating topic of our future. Member of SA Recreational Cycling Club. Interests in cycling for sport, socialising, health, transport and the frugal use of declining natural resources. Member of Beyond Oil South Australia. Particularly interested in the decline in world oil supplies (Peak Oil) and the effect this will have on economies based upon growth. B. Bus in Information Technology and Public Administration. A career in Information Technology.

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