• Open Day
  • Water Embarrassment
  • Kids in the Garden
  • Compost – Hot and Enriched
  • Projects on the go
  • Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Success
  • Bunnings Sausage Sizzle – yet more
  • Squash the Rumour
  • Edna Avenue?
  • Carnivorous Tomatoes


Open Day

We have big heaps of plants to sell and the date is now set. Spread the word, come along and grab some great cheap plants. Both ornamental and edible.

Where: Glenelg North Community Garden Kibby Ave

When:   Sunday 15th November, 10:00 to 2PM.

What:   Plants will be the main thing. Then we will have a BBQ and cake stall too.

There may be some Bokashi kits available and some self watering systems too.

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Water Embarrassment

As you know, the Community Garden tank of 15,000 litres is connected to the two Community Centre tanks of 27,000 lt. Well, we have used all the rain water from these three tanks and its only October. Not good!

This week, we had to switch to mains water so all our taps and the Measured Irrigation system now run on mains. We monitor the water meters and this week we have used more than ten thousand litres!

Solution – Save more rain water? We investigated installing more tanks for the Community Centre but the cost of the water and the total catchable amount caused us to have a rethink.

Solution – Use less water? We will install the Measured Irrigation system to all plots and hope this causes water to be used more frugally. Mulch, mulch, mulch your plot.

Sustainability is worthwhile, we will work something out.

Think about how much water you are putting on your plots.

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Use mulch to hold the moisture in and put your mitten in the soil before watering.

Kids in the Garden

Both the Veterans and ourselves supporting Council have hosted kids to learn a little gardening. Hopefully a small flame of interest lit.


Compost – Hot and Enriched

The compost is cooking very nicely, I measured 62° C on Thursday. This kills pathogens, weeds and seeds. Be aware that our compost is rich with horse poo and sheep poo. Not only that but we are now adding rock dust to ensure we don’t run low on any trace elements.


So What? Given the above, you really don’t need to spend money on extra fertilisers and stuff. Use the worm wee, use mulch in the heat and all should be good.


Projects on the go

Paths building, pipes extending, the new compost bay thinking?, seedlings planted and the kettle boiling.

path laying

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Success

I was privileged to be in the presence of a great “bunch of people” today , who worked their “ whatsits “ off to produce a fine day’s work , with a special mention to some, who worked so very hard in the days beforehand.

 I rested on my “ seat of learning “ , was very gratifying to see a further reinforcement that community cooperation is a very positive force , and I am most pleased to be involved !!

The day went smoothly and fast , and the ending and packing up was fairly full on.  Late diners kept the “kitchen “ open, and the clock was ticking to get everything packed up and left in an acceptable state that ensures we will be asked back again.

Whereas I mentioned  to a few of you that we had cleared about $2000 , I am knocking that figure down to about $1700 , with a few other expenses still to be advised and reimbursed .

Thanks you once again – you Flash Mob , and dare I mention that we are also programmed to “ batter up “ once again at Bunnings at Marion , this time on a Thursday , 3rd December.   I look forward to my recruiting  !!              

Cheers , Neville D      


And Neville did a sterling job taking money and chatting to the public. Well done Neville. EDITOR


Bunnings – yet more

As above, we have a Sausage Sizzle yet again on Thursday, 3rd Dec. Thursdays are not so big as weekends but still well worthwhile. Calling Neville’s flash mob now for mornings and afternoon times. Which do you prefer?

Squash the Rumour

Every member has access to ‘Member General’ plots but a membership does NOT give free rein to take anything and everything. Further, there is a requirement of members to help in the garden, contribute to all the activities going on. So please tell the Silly Sausage who thinks a $10 membership provides free vegetables no effort required to read their MEMBERSHIP CONTRACT.

Plot Fees and Memberships

Scrooge McNeville says there are still some plot fees and memberships outstanding.

You can pay online. Membership $10. Plot fees due 1st Sept, $40

Our NAB Account is

BSB:           085 221

Acc:            159 042 309


Edna Avenue?

We are trying to think of a name for the new paths.

edna ave

Carnivorous Tomatoes

Believe it or not. 🙂



If someone isn’t getting it and would like it, please also let me know. Ta. m.dwyer6 @ gmail.com



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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