General Meeting – April Fools Day


What’s Life All About? People

What’s Life All About? Water

What’s Life All About? Compost and Energy

Well done. Bunnings S. Sizzle.

Friend or Foe?


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General Meeting – April Fools Day

Goodbye the past and Welcome the future.

The April Fools Day Meeting

  • 09:30 – Activities. Pam has the list. The new Sensory Garden, some brickwork around the native garden, Path mulching .….
  • 11:00 – Discussion of Projects, Current and Future
  • 11:?? – Running our Garden
  • 12:00 – BBQ

This meeting will set the trend for the next year, projects and how we operate.

There are projects on the go and projects which fire people up. No doubt, there are projects you are interested in and now is the time to join forces and aim your enthusiasm.

Do you like how the Community Garden operates?






I was amazed to find the above prickles growing in our garden. Be ever vigilant!

What’s life all about? People

Great to Have Pablo and Carina pop down from the country. Seems like they are settling in but haven’t started a Community Garden yet. J

What’s life all about? Water


Two of these were busted in a few short weeks.  TURN THE TIMER CLOCKWISE ONLY.
Mitre 10 were good enough to replace with a better brand. Thanks Mitre 10.

Always use the timer by turning it clockwise. Did I mention that? Meters avoid accidental waste.

DO NOT WATER your plot. The Measured Irrigation system will do it for you. See below. However, hand water seedlings and seeds.

Measured Irrigation – Automatic watering

Finally getting a handle on Bernie’s system. We are now zeroing in on how much water to put on a standard 4 meter plot per week. (All other plots and beds follow along.)

We are aiming on watering two and a half waterings a week. When the system delivers water at night, it will deliver about 50 litres on a 4 meter plot. (Think of a bucket and a quarter on each meter of plot. Plenty?)

So that would be about 125 litres per 4 meter plot per week which I would think is good. Doubt? Dig a 4 inch hole in your plots and feel the soil to check.  Of course, this number automatically changes when it rains or evaporation is low.

What’s life all about? Compost and Energy

Life and living can be described in terms of energy. A large step towards sustainability of our lifes (correct spelling) is being able to produce our food at a low energy cost.

Thoughts on the food / energy chain. All disagreements welcome.

We require energy to lift a little finger. The energy comes from the food we eat. Let’s say we provide one quarter of our energy from the Community Garden food. Sounds good. Where does the energy in the food come from? From the inputs, Sun and the ingredients in the soil (Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium etc.). These ingredients come from the hot composted green waste and the horse manure which is a large part of the compost heap recipe. Let’s say half of the energy comes from the horse manure.

(Horses have healthy food, maybe healthier than your diet?)

The energy in the horse manure comes to us from the horse’s food. Where does the special race horse food come from? From industry, the farm and the sun But enabled by copious supplies of diesel and petrol. How did the manure reach the garden? With the help of some of the energy in my muscles and a bucket load of gas in my car.

My conclusion. We ‘eat’ fossil fuel oil without which we starve. If we had an infinite supply we would have no problem but our supply of fossil fuels is limited to what was accidently deposited 150 million years ago. Our rate of burning oil is about 90 million barrels per day (A 44 gallon drum is a barrel. This many barrels would stretch from Adelaide to Darwin spread across the road 3 barrels high) per day. At this rate it will run out soon.

Looking after the welfare of the children is considered a higher moral behaviour by all races. It is not ethical to destroy the life support system of our children and grandchildren.

Conclusion 2: We will learn to live as sustainably as possible. Eat local, don’t waste, avoid the use of your car, recycle and we can bring the politicians on board because they know sustainability in 2017 is no longer a joke.

Well done. Bunnings S. Sizzle.

“Thanks for your effort with the sausage sizzle. Sincere thanks to all that helped in the lead up. And a special thanks to all of you who were able to assist on the day.

We had a slow start but sales really picked up between 11.00am and 1.30pm before tapering off for the rest of the day.

We cleared a successful $791. Costs this time were higher than normal because we had to do some restocking of drinks and other supplies which we write off against the cost of this BBQ. All of that aside, we finished up clearing $461.”



There is another Bunnings Sausage Sizzle coming up in 25th May. Hands up, it’s a good day. Not only that but there is

The People’s Choice Lottery which will be available around mid April.

Friend or Foe?

Before killing an insect, know if it is a Good insect or a Bad insect. We need an entomologist in the garden. The one on the left definitely stings. (I used my hand to test this. L )


Oh, So that’s where the watermelon went.  Tasty‼ Thanks Zel

And I think there’s more.



Pam, the PM (Plot Manager) says we have a number of spare plots people might like to lease. Tell your friends.




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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