A big newsletter this time.  Main points:

Wednesday, 24th May: Community Centre meal, ‘Let’s eat’

Thursday 25th May: Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

Saturday 17th June: Activity Day

Wednesday 21 June: Winter Solstice twilight

The Mosaic Group.

Jo wants tins

People’s Choice Lottery Tickets

Lost Loppers?

Letter Drop

Plant Sales

Compost building

The Green living Waste Tour was great

Things we haven’t worked out…



Wednesday, 24th May: Community Centre meal, ‘Let’s eat’

Lets eat

Holdfast Bay Council’s ‘Let’s Eat’ will zeros in on an exotic Indian meal of samosas, curries, rice and dumplings this month. Held at the Glenelg North Community Centre, it’s open to all and all gardeners who eat should go. On every 4th Wednesday each month, ‘Let’s Eat’ also provides Kids activities, no problem for parents.
Bookings: 8229 9828 essential, $10. Book now or go sad and hungry.

Thursday 25th May: Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

Pat is still looking to fill a few spots as some had to withdraw due health and bad weather. Please contact Pat, 8294 5689 leon35@adam.com.au or she will curse your plot.

Saturday 17th June: Activity Day

This day will be both physical activity intellectual and tummy filling.

  • 09:00: Activities start
    • Lay the ceramics in the paths
    • Concrete the frame in the sensory garden
    • Box painting and whatever else grabs you.
  • 11:00 Talk with Pam on soil management in the garden.
  • 12:00 Lunch, as per last time?

Wednesday 21 June: Winter Solstice twilight.  04:12 PM

The sunset is at 05:12 pm so without doubt, we should be at the garden under the Folly at 04:12 Pm. Celebrate the beginning of longer days and goodbye to the short dark days.
Bring warm rugs to wrap yourselves in and maybe hot food and drinks to share. We have a little gas stove somewhere in the shed. Nothing is organised, just rock along.

The Mosaic Group.

Mosaic group have knocked out some startlingly good mosaics and these to be layed in the paths See above. Need more artistic happy hands. Contact Gere and join the team of Pam, Kathy, Bronwyn, We meet Mondays 11.00 am for an hour or so.

Jo wants tins

Jo wants all your metal tins for an artwork thingo. Please bring to the garden. (Nice if you wash them first J) Any queries? Jo is on 0498 813 440.

People’s Choice Lottery Tickets

We still have dozens of boxes of tickets to sell (I exaggerate). Remember, all monies we raise via this lottery comes back to the Glenelg North Community Garden. Contact Chris for books ($2 a ticket in a book of ten. Easy!)

Swap Share

What are they arguing about?

Lost Loppers?

Does anyone know where the long handled loppers are? If you see any equipment left hanging around in the garden, take it to the shed and place it only where it belongs. If someone wanders why it’s not where she/he left it, be puzzled.

Our Insect Partners.

ladybird 1

Look at this wonderful crop of Ladybirds (near the South fence). Note the dark odd looking ones. These are the children and they eat a lot of bad insects.

ladybirds book

From the book. Learn to recognise the juvenile, top right.

ladybird attack

This sick looking runner is covered with insects, the PERFECT food to grow our predator ladybird population.  Should old plants sometimes be left alone?

Letter drop

A worthy bunch leafletted half of Glenelg North last week which made a few contacts. We are going to do it again. Anyone who wants to lend a foot, please contact Michael m.dwyer6@gmail.com

Plant Sales

Plant Sales for month of march $250, May, $143 so far and $1800 for the year. Not bad at all! J

Compost building

Compost double

Hubble, bubble boil and trouble. Many thanks to John and Moira for giving muscle to the creation of hot compost. This is a biggy.

The Green living Waste Tour was great

recycling flyer

Holdfast Bay Council bus took us to the local garbage base on Morphett RD, then on to Visy where the recycle is processed and finally to Jeffries green wasted compost production.
Our guide thought that so many of us consumers couldn’t give a tinker’s cuss about recycling.  Is a garden hose something you would put in a green recycling bin? Some embarrassing people do put a garden hose in with the green waste.

Moving on, the recycle waste is trucked to Visy and other recycle companies. They turn the paper and cardboard into fibre and then make cardboard. If it’s not too dirty. Their amazing conveyer belt systems shake, filter, weigh, magnetise to separate out as much as possible all the junk in your recycle bin.

But sorting it out is hard and expensive. They employ dozens of people who stand there all day and grab the bits of plastic or paper or whatever. And hope some galah hasn’t put an engine block in his garbage. Glass bottles can be recognised by their shape and they are graded into colour. But don’t put a broken wine glass into recycling, it won’t melt down like the bottles, the wine glasses go to landfill.

The green waste is sorted and broken down to mulch of various grades. There is still plastic to be removed and aluminium cans and all sorts.

Finally, the clincher. Someone asked, ‘What should we really do?’

The speaker paused then said, ‘Consume less. That way there is less to recycle.’

Would all you Facebook fanatics please ‘like’ f/b page  https://www.facebook.com/glenelgnorthcg/

Things we are thinking…

The committee still hasn’t worked out what sort of a frame to build around the fruit trees. All thoughts gratefully listened to.

small net frame

Also we are thinking of trying to store more water whether it be underground or more tanks. Where?

Please don’t step on our resident snail eating lizard who normally lives in the black bins near the compost. Answers to the name of Lizzy.

Thinking about a planting guide for the Community Garden ?

bees flowers

Some weeds have a purpose.

spider 1

She has a purpose



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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