Topics

•    People Pinching Produce Protocol
•    29th March. Visitors From Henley
•    10th April .   Aust City Farm + Community Garden Network  NATIONAL Meeting
•    18th April.    At 1pm, Our Measured Irrigation system.
•    19th April .   Bunnings Sausage Sizzle
•    3rd May. Our Grand Opening
•    Evening Meetings Reborn as Saturday Afternoons
•    How Smooth Our Path 
•    Composting Content
•    Activities / Projects
•    Thanks To Our Legal Council
•    “Our garden is a little paradise”
•    St Francis Chatting To God About Lawns.

People Pinching Produce Protocol

Here is what we all know:
1.    Members with plots may pick from their own plots
2.    Members may pick from ‘Member General’ labelled plots with care and consideration
3.    Visitors may not pick anything at all.  A member can pick for visitors.

Hence the sign on the little gate. We don’t want to be Fort Knox but there are strangers picking produce when members are not present.
gate_sign
Please note, this is how the watermelon disappeared from the northern fence. mmm 🙂
water_melon_demise

Visitors From Henley, 29th March

Nothing like cross pollination from one Community Garden to the next. A dozen Henley Community Garden members will visit us on Sunday 29th at 09:30.  Pat will be there to show people around but it will be very good if some others can also be there at the time.

10th April. Aust City Farm + Community Garden Network – NATIONAL

Talking about cross pollination of Community Gardens, this national meeting is on the 10th and 11th April.  We would like a representative  from GNCG to pop along. Are those dates clear for You? Please let me know, Michael.  More information: Cecile anhinga@internode.on.net
On Friday 10th
1. Kick off at 9.30 with a talk on the history and workings of the ACFCGN
2. Morning tea
3. AGM in which you are all invited to participate.
4.Lunch
5 Workshops.
On Sat 11th
–    how to put your garden and newsletters etc on the national website
–    pizza dinner at 6.00pm

18th April. At 1pm, Measured Irrigation system presentation.

Towards the end of Saturday’s gardening, we will have the first of the presentations replacing the Monday evening meetings. (See ‘Evening meetings reborn’ below.) At this meeting, Bernie will explain how the system works and what we ought to know.

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle 19th April

We will sell a lot of sausages at Bunnings on Sunday, 19th. Neville will organise the ‘Flash Team’ and we will need 10 people to run the show all day from 08:00 until 04:00pm.  It is a fun day and a  big day.
Not to forget the recent Coles Sausage Sizzle. Not a huge earner because the fickle public were at other events. But very worth while.
coles BBQ

Our Grand Opening  Sun 3rd May

Bigger than Ben Hur, our Community Garden will be officially opened by the Mayor of Holdfast Bay. As it is such a big event, every member will have something to do.
There will be a program of presentations, there will be cakes, drinks, plant stall, BBQ on the day. There will be a silent auction,
The aim is to put Glenelg North Community Garden on the map and in the minds of all Holdfast Bay residents.
Evening Meetings Reborn as Saturday Afternoon
There have been murmurs of unrest from people who are not keen to venture out into the dark Monday night. So we will try a monthly time of Saturday, 1 pm. Hopefully morning gardeners will be happy to sit still by then. Format and details will evolve. Perhaps every second one will be advertised and open to the public.

How Smooth Our Path 

path

Nice one, many skilled John.

Composting Content

The new compost heap has added rock dust providing natural, mineral fertiliser that contain trace elements essential to healthy plant growth. Manures and organic fertilisers are usually a good source of macro-nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus. Most of the heap is horse manure and garden waste. But they typically lack essential trace elements like copper, zinc and manganese.  Important for our health, so by applying them to the plants means you get a dose as well.

compost

Activities / Projects

Hanging on the hook in the middle of the veranda is a book of things to do.  Is there something you feel needs to be done or are you looking for something to take on? Have a look and add your idea.

Thanks To Our Legal Council

Craig McKay Legal, barristers and solicitors have provided free advice on the lease contract with Holdfast Bay. Many thanks to Craig McKray. See http://www.craigmckaylegal.com/

“Our garden is a little paradise”

Kind words in the communications log at the garden on Friday, 13th. “Visitors to your garden, it’s a little paradise. Hope it’s okay but we donated and took some plants. Love this, every community should have one”  

St Francis Chatting To God About Lawns.

GOD to ST. FRANCIS:
Frank,  …  You know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there on the planet?  What happened to the dandelions, violets, and stuff I started eons ago?   I had a perfect no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long-lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now. But, all I see are these green rectangles.
St. FRANCIS:
It’s the tribes that settled there, Lord. The ‘Suburbanites’. They started calling your flowers ‘weeds’ and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.
GOD:
Grass? But, it’s so boring. It’s not colorful. It doesn’t
attract butterflies, birds and bees  …  AND SO IT GOES ON. 

This newsletter found its way posted onto the website. https://gncg.wordpress.com
And would you believe, FACEBOOK !
–O—

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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