Wednesday, January 25, 2012

January Working Bee 2012

Note. Click on the first photo and you can see it much larger and a slide show as well..
How beautiful is this.. Ginger visiting from interstate, on top of the fig tree.

Dianne, Christine, Pauline working on the second half of the NCG mosaic sign. Rebecca making a salad.
Mixing the glue for the mosaics.

Heather, Ros,  Jess having discussions with weeds and planting out a couple of hopefuls.

 Ian battling with the three foot high kikyui grass
Ian with a fancy headgear.

 Chris and Pauline.
 Rebecca and Chris.

Rebecca's finished salad.

The three musketeers, Pauline, Elizabeth,Christine, stayed till every letter was finished.  Well done.

Moon calender donated by Dianne.

Cosmos planted by Christine.

Kai. One day I too will be able to use the whipper snipper. Just practicing now .

Garden mascot.  Biggles.

In the garden wilderness.  Christine, Dianne, Pauline.

The talking blackboard.

Photography. Alistair. (great job)
Posted by marijka

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Resources in our Library.

Some light Summer reading from our very own Tin 'cupbhoard' (genuine serendipitous typo) in our shed.

Since we now have our very own bee hive, thanks to Melbourne Rooftop Honey, this book is an absolute delight to read as it explains everything about the humble bee.  What an amazing little insect. Written by someone who as well as being a beekeper and a seller of bee products, obviously loves her bees. 

Some very interesting health products bees produce.  Hayfever sufferers may benefit from reading this book as may athritis sufferers as may all you healthy specimens.

Donated by Chris the Younger.  Many thanks. 

The photography is fabulous. Makes me envious.

If you haven't seen this publication in our tin cuphoard (i'm happy with this word) it is  a little bit late maybe for this summer season but just think you can become a tomato officionado by next summer.  There are already a couple in the garden.  So you can learn all about the good, the bad, the delicious and the ugly and how to deal with it all.

A worldwide database of 1300 'mouth-watering tomato varieties' is contained on a CD included as well.

Donated by Ros. Many thanks.

This is a hefty tome by the famous Monty Don. Well what can one say about it? It has everything you may need to know about growing vegetables, fruit trees, herbs, flowers and trees in the Northern Hemisphere but obviously extremely useful information for our Southern Hemisphere as well and luckily we don't need glasshouses to grow some things ie., chillies...

Again fabulous photography..

Donated by a local resident who came in one day to the Gardens with a couple of other books as well.
Many thanks.

You may borrow all the books in the Tin 'cuphoard' library.  There is a book in which you write your name, the name of the book, the date you borrowed the book and the date you returned the book.

 PS. Monty Don is at the moment gracing our ABC Iview with 'Monty Don's Italian Gardens' final episode.

 posted by marijka

Community Garden Tour "ON YA BIKE' 10th December 2011.

On the 4th November 2011 we received this in an email  from Cultivating Community.

"As part of a community composting (Compost Mates) program we’re running, there’s a small group of us who are organising a bike tour of some local community gardens in the Yarra/Darebin area and we’d love to include your garden on this tour.
The aim of the tour is to network, learn through observing and interacting with other gardens and compost systems and celebrate growing food (and soil) in the city."

And thanks to Hannah Maloney (the organiser of said Bike Tour), Rosi Bint from our Gardens, who as usual is always there when needed and Chris the Younger. This is the result..Our garden was the first the bicyclists came to. Four more were to follow with a babrbecue at the finish.

 As can be seen our Northcote Community Gardens did us proud. Everything is bursting at the 'vegetable' seams.

 Off to the next community garden..

Photography. Ros Bint. (great job)
Posted by  marijka.