Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Darebin Food Harvest Network

After Alistair and I attended an information session last night at Preston Town Hall we are now officially part of the Darebin Food Harvest Network and have joint responsibility with other food/garden/permaculture groups in Darebin for the maintenance of the website.
Click on this link to check it out and let me know if you have anything you would like to put up there- it's a great network and should help us reach more of our local community and other like-minded green folk.
Posted by Rebecca.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sunday 26th August

Once again lots happening at the gardens last Sunday.
Alistair's new Heritage Orchard is coming along nicely with broadbeans sprouting and destined to be slashed for green manure. (We now have a "Heritage Fruits" page on the blog for progress reports). Chris and Alistair had some friendly discussions ...but no one was injured.

Vince made a new shelf for the shed at Marijka's request. Looks super!

Chris and Liz removed the lemon verbena in the old herb garden in preparation for Liz's new plot. (So nice to have her back too!) 
And Marijka, Ros and Christine continued with planting the natives in the park area. Next week-end
is the Working Bee so hopefully we'll get the last of
them planted then.
We all can't wait for some real Spring weather now!

Fruit Fly is here.

Here's a link to an article about how we are now going to have to contend with fruit fly just as those poor growers in Qld and NSW do. Sigh.
Victoria waters down fruit fly controls

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

2012 AGM- a hive of activity (literally)

The bees were busy and so were we on Sunday with a good turn-out for our Annual General Meeting. Elizabeth took the minutes (very professionally too) and Heather provided us with popcorn to sustain us throughout the meeting. At the end of the meeting it was lovely to be able to give Ros and Marijka their Diggers' vouchers in appreciation for everything they both do- they are the heart and soul of our gardens.
After all the talking was done and we had sustained ourselves a little more with a typical NCG feast, everyone busied themselves with various activities. Ros taught Christine and Dianne how to make felt balls in a plastic container then they grouted the sign, Vince and Alistair disappeared for a while then reappeared with some serious wooden planks in preparation for the new orchard fence, and Pauline harvested a bumper crop of carrots (only slightly chewed on by the rats). Our bathtub of potatoes is looking super too- here's a before and after shot.
(Posted by Rebecca)

Saturday, August 18, 2012