COVID 19 & the garden

Dear wonderful community: until further notice, all garden working bees are on hold. Please stay safe and well (and maybe try a little gardening at home)!

Members can keep in touch via our WhatsApp group.

Virus response

We are continuing to garden, but will need to limit numbers. The garden is looking great, and its a good time to be thinking about fresh produce, and keeping out of the shops. Also the plants and animals need to be kept alive.

Proposal: Spray bottle of dilute bleach, to be left at front gate- for the lock, taps etc.

2-4 people max. at a time. Come any day that you can. Use the Whatsapp group to keep in touch

Pick your own produce. Use gloves.

No visitors, just members.

Let us know what you think via email.

Pizza next week and some fundraising

Hello Gardeners,

We’ll be having our monthly pizza and meeting session this coming Sunday 1 March. There will be the usual gardening and composting with the meeting from 12pm.

Next week will also mark our shift from meeting on Tuesday to Wednesdays. Hopefully by moving from Tuesday to Wednesday we will be able to reduce the composting load on the Sunday group.

To kick things off we will be having pizza on Wednesday 4 March after we’ve finished up in the garden. Please remember to bring along dough and toppings to share.

In other news, Thirroul Community Garden is running a bake sale at the Bushfire Fundraiser being held at Stanwell Park CWA hall on Saturday 29 February — if anyone can help out, please get in touch with Sharon.

Meeting this Sunday and Tuesday! (Revised)

Happy New Year Gardeners!

After a busy, dry and hot summer break were getting back into the garden and having our first Pizza Sunday/ Tuesday and meeting this weekend.

Gardening from 10am (or a little earlier to avoid the heat if you are able) followed by pizza and a meeting to discuss watering, planting and rabbit proofing among other things.

Please bring along pizza dough and toppings. If there is a total fire ban in place bring along something to share and we’ll still have a meeting.

Same again for the Tuesday afternoon group.

Looking forward to seeing you at the garden soon!

[NOTE: We have decided to cancel pizza for the Sunday as the weather is predicted to be too hot. Please bring along a plate of something to share and we will still have our meeting – hopefully we can fire up the pizza oven for Tuesday]

Growing is simply a beautiful process

At the action on climate change meeting in Thirroul last Sunday, the community garden was mentioned many times in its role to reduce ‘food miles’. We also should remind ourselves that we are growing food without added chemicals (fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides) and that this is not is not standard practice! As a ‘community’ of gardeners we are very much learning, many of us having little experience in farming and gardening. As the climate changes and and the oil economy is marginalised food production will need be better integrated with the community to which it supplies food. Communities need to learn to grow and provide food for themselves and ….”Growing is simply a beautiful process…..

“Plants create new material with little more than sunlight, water and a few nutrients from the soil. If we gathered the worlds great minds and tasked them with imaging a sustainable way of keeping us they couldn’t hope to rival this perfect chemistry. A plant is a solar-energy unit.

And yet, sadly, someone, somewhere else decided that it wasn’t happening quite fast enough. Rather than rely on current energy (sunlight) we began to dig up old sunlight energy- stored in the form of fossil fuels- and use it to create nitrogen fertilizers, our own version of one of the nutrients found in the soil. The vast majority of food grown in the developed world is now grown using these man-made fertilizers.

The story is similar for phosphate, a naturally occurring, essential plant nutrient which we mine and import to fertilize the land. In a few short generations our food has become a slave to our oil and phosphate supply. We’ve taken that simple, beautiful process and twisted it so that what should simply give us energy now accounts for around 30 per cent of our carbon footprint.

With climate change, oil and phosphate resources reaching their peak and increasingly unreliable water availability, the 21st century promises to radically alter the way we grow food. A low carbon-diet in which our food production is more energy efficient will result, whether we choose it ot it chooses us.”

Mark Diacono from a taste of the unexpected

Thank you!

A huge thank you to everyone that was involved with out Open day garden party last weekend!

Produce was sold, baked treats and curries were eaten, mulberry cordial drank, compost was turned, beds were built, chickens were moved, mud was stomped, instruments were played and songs were sung!

If you came along on the day and would like to join us please visit our membership page. We’d love to see you at the garden again soon.

Thank you again to everyone who helped out on the day and with preparations before hand!

Compost demonstration
Mus stomp and rocket stove building
Produce sales
Sea sharp singers
Mud stomp accompaniment