Tuesday, December 20, 2011

October 9th 2011

John Pinniger teaching us how to graft fruit trees.  John is part of Heritage Fruit Trees in Melbourne. John kindly agreed to do a workshop. It looks very simple until everybody had a go but after much perseverance, laughter and extra patient help from John everybody did succeed.

Ros doing her best.

Rebecca a study in determioned intention.

Alistiar getting a helping hand.. 

Ros giving it a go.

Grafting tools.

A finished product.  

Alistair preparing space for an apple tree and a bee hive by removing a dead tree.

Nearly done..

 Christine blending into the background, and holding edible flowers.

Purple broccoli.

Japanese turnips.

The finished SIGN. The first part. Congratulations to Rebecca for the design and all who helped in executing it.

and how beautiful is that....

Photography marijka
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Sunday, October 16, 2011


We now have bees in our garden thanks to Alistair and Christine and the lovely Vanessa and Matt from Melbourne City Rooftop Honey .
Here's a link to Vanessa's personal blog and a post about us!
Here's an extract from Vanessa's post that resonated with me;
"After meeting the guys at Northcote, it really drove home to me how important it is to connect with others and feel part of something, even just for an individuals own mental health.  Doing all you can by yourself is all very well but think what you could achieve if you felt that sense of connectedness with others.  Anything is possible!"
Thanks Vanessa and Matt- we love our bees!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Working Bee September 4th

The working bee was a fabulous hive of activity. People working at all corners of the garden..  from a quickie workshop from the compost queen to the stacking of the worm bins, composting, planting, weeding and  eating of course.  Salads to die for, pickled cherries to hmm, hmm, muffins to ask recipes for and Dianne's home baked bread.  Check out Jessica's muffins on the recipe page.

Rebecca's creations. 
Unfortunately the camera is not always accurate, the icing was also definitely mauve.


 Rebecca and friend mosaicing the new sign..

Alistair doing what he likes best.  Planting. This time it's a passion fruit.

Jessica and Christine, compost buddies.

Compost aerator being manufactured on site. Christine, Alistair moral support.

I've been working up north in the warmer climes and low and behold I have sprouted four arms.


Heather framed.

Chris and Biggles or is it Biggles and Chris.


  Pixie and gnome on a rock. Ostensibly weeding..plenty of chatter and

Ian and parsnips.  This will go down in garden folklore.. first ever grown.
                                                      Ian, parsnips and admirers.

Afternoon Tea.

Men's Business.

On the way home..me and the moon.
photos marijka
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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Darebin Council Plans

Marijka, Ros and I (Rebecca) met with Liz from the Darebin Council Playsafe program last week and she gave us some plans to look at (now pinned up on the back of the shed door) and plenty of useful information. This photo shows the Council's plans to upgrade the public area below our gardens as part of the "Playsafe" program and it appears that it will hardly affect our gardens at all. The Council actually refers to the public area as the "Northcote Community Gardens Reserve" -which is nice, and apparently they will put a sign up saying that eventually. Basically the basketball hoop and area will be upgraded, a new fence put in along the road up to where it currently stops and the path will be refreshed with new gravel up to the same point. The council is allotting $500 for indigenous plants and mulch for the area behind the basketball hoop and are happy for us to determine what to do with that. All of this should be going ahead within the next 2 months.
So all in all the scary sign that just appeared one day has turned out to be a good thing!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

New Red Bubble T shirts inspired by Chris and Alistair

Australian Wildlife Atlas

Just received and email from Organic Gardening Australia with a link to super new site to find out about all the wildlife (plants and animals) in your local area- Australian Wildlife Atlas. 
Give it a go!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Extra photos.

Alistair grafting. Giving it a go. An 'Opalescent' apple.

Once again having fun..Kye having to balance the world.

Men at work..Men of the Trees. This is the way you do it.