• Workshop – Food Supplements, Medicinal plants
• Compost – Sheep poo delivery
• Veterans and us – electricity, plots and plants
• Active in the garden – seedlings, plants, paved path
• AGM nominations for committee
• Bernie takes our Measured Irrigation to China
• The Soup Day – a round up of projects
• Coffee beans from Mclarenvale

Workshop – Food Supplements, Medicinal plants

Coming soon, Bev Lane will talk to us about plants and herbs we can grow ourselves for better health. Bev likes people to look, smell and touch the cuttings.
Long ago, medicines came from the wild before they came from the Chemist shop.
Participants will come away knowing what we can grow and for what beneficial purpose.
When: Saturday 15th August, 2Pm
Who: Members and the Public are welcome.
A gold coin donation is nice.

Compost – Valuable Sheep Contribution

sheep poo

Teresa and Rob brought valuable sheep poo all the way from Pt Vincent for our compost. A wide source of inputs to the compost provides a wide source of nutrients.
Message for plotters –> there is plenty of food from the compost for your plot darlings – no need to buy extra supplements to grow strong, healthy plants.

Veterans and Us – Electricity, Plots and Plants

Rosie & Ian digging

Graham and Ian have given us electricity; a hearty thanks from all us gardeners. With our failing site and our need for plenty of hot tea and coffee, we certainly needed some easy power.
Now, Turn off the Light when you leave! he shouted, his environmental sustainability heart pumping in impulsive urgency. 🙂
‘Gardens without borders’ theres like a nice slogan. On this theme, we plan to make three plots available for green fingered Veterans. Then the Community Garden space will be pretty well full.

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Wow, Hilary is a power house! She has planted lots of plants in the Veteran’s memorial garden. And everywhere else too. She digs deep, see below. How good!

Garden Activities – seedlings, plants, paved path

newsletter 08-03_00001Lots of seedlings are being struck and lots of ornamentals too. Most of these NON-EDIBLES will be sold and go far away (taking the reputation of the Community Garden with them). 🙂

AGM nominations for committee.

Nominations are now open for committee positions. The Glenelg North Community Garden AGM is to be held on 14th September.

Bernie takes our Measured Irrigation to China

Bernie Omadi, inventor of Measured Irrigation, the automatic, low power watering system, has returned from Beijing where he presented his system to the 4th International Conference on Agriculture and Horticulture. Well done Bernie and aren’t we lucky to have his system here.
We plan to extend the system to water ALL plots. We believe this may cut down on overall water use.

The Soup Day – Project Roundup

It was a very pleasant meeting to discuss what was going on and where we are headed. And the soup and bread etc were excellent.
Here are some of the projects in the near future:
• New Compost Structure – Steal posts now purchased and Pack case timber delivered and being prepared. Cost ≈ $700.
• Contemplative/Sensory Garden – planned in the Veteran’s area, outside our fence.
• Paving Extensions – John has made a great start and Council delivered some dolomite for the base. So far no cost. Thanks Council.
• Community Involvement – Council are organising children for us to do workshops with in the holidays.
• Water – Measured Irrigation extending to all beds. ≈ $1,000. Working with Veterans and Community Centre on Long term water capture. Cost? $Big?
So sad knowing rainwater is now going to waste.

Hilary - the miner 2

It’s projects (and coffee 🙂 ) all go in the Garden!

Coffee beans from Mclarenvale

While on the subject, word has it someone in Mclarenvale is growing coffee beans which is drunk at an Aldinga Cafe. Why aren’t we??? Does anyone have any further information on this supremely important matter?

Watch this space

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Our champion peach tree of last year has bloomed already. We should get a great fruit crop this year.

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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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