Topics

•    Cancelled. Next Monday Night. Cancelled.
•    MEETING.  Decorating the Tour DownUnder – Sat 17th
•    Kids art work on our fence – 14th Jan
•    The good, the bad and the ugly. Water usage
•    Coles BBQ roundup
•    The garden is growing like crazy
•    Zen and the art of compost bay building

Cancelled Monday evening. Cancelled

The normal monthly meeting is cancelled because…

MEETING.  Decorating the Tour DownUnder – Sat 17th

We will have a meeting on Saturday the 17th at 10:00 am to prepare for the Tour DownUnder.  In addition, we will:
•    decorate a scarecrow in lycra (to look better than C in his lycra)
•    pot up some plants for the TDU.
Hopefully it won’t be too hot. Cross fingers.
( What ?  The council has asked us to decorate the road for the Tour DownUnder. Your committee has collected 60 bike wheels which will be decorated with flowers and hung all along the streets (Jetty RD? Diagonal Rd? Not sure where the Council want them). We think geraniums will be the main flower hanging from the wheels. Or any flowering plant actually.  Have you got any???
And we will make a straw family decked out in old lycra. Yuck! )

Kids artwork on the fence 14th Jan

Details yet to be worked out but looks like the fence will be graced with kids works of art. More details as they come to hand. I don’t think we need to do a lot except maybe move the big steel sign.

Water. The good, the bad and the ugly.

Let’s start with the ugly. The dot2dot Measured Irrigation system has a broken electronic component. The designer, Bernie came by and agreed it was broken. He is off to Melbourne and will fix on his return.  In the meantime, Chris and Michael will water manually.

The bad.  We used 13,000 litres in one week! Just one week. For comparison, the Community Garden has a 15,000 litre tank. This usage is at this time of year of course. So chop it down to a quarter and we would ONLY need  (52 / 4 = 13) tanks to keep us off the mains water for a year. Hmm.   We really don’t have control over how much the Measured Irrigation system should be delivering to plots and trees.

The good.  We have mains water and the garden is flourishing . See below

The Garden is growing like crazy

Some of the Member General Plots are prolific with tomatoes, strawberries, spinach, greens etc. As a member, the produce is yours. Ask around and pick some. Pumpkins are growing all over the place and will soon be ready. And I saw watermelons.

Goji berries in the fence plot

Raise the point of harvesting over tea and coffee. Ask / tell fellow members to have some.  There are no rules in this one big family, just keep talking. Care and share so everyone is happy. 
 that’s how to know if it a plot for all members. But you know that already. 

Coles BBQ roundup

We made about $700. Well done everbody who had time to role up and share the hours and silly conversations. The flow of customers and snags was good and steady most of the day.
We polished up the equipment quick time at the end because it was being used again that afternoon.

Willing and exceptional skills.
Zen and the Art of Compost Bay building

The picture above is of timber, planed and now painted for the future compost bays.  Good deep coats of paint will make the timber last longer. The final coats will be in bright colours to enhance the ying and yang of the garden. Does anyone believe me? 
So, if you fancy, grab a brush and some white or pale paint and get painting.  Thanks to Margaret who got in there yesterday.

Technically , the uprights will be of u-shaped steel.

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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