NO-DIG (SOME DIG?) VEGETABLE BEDS
To make decision making and propagation planning easier, as well as clarity for visitors/harvesters and new members, here is a suggested rotation plan (8yr cycle) for the vegetable bed area between the panama berry & the herb beds.
Vines have been planted to the west of the beds as in the original plan
With the help of Lucy Morgan and David Mitsak of SOL illawarra (MUD FUN) Mud Fun Australia the rocket stove Superefficient woodstoves has been resurrected.
Manned by Charlie and Emma on the rocket stove, we brewed our first batch of TCG coffee. Tasting was done with due ceremony.
Andrew has built an amazing portable chook coop, featuring ventilation, easy access for us humans, clip on wheels, 2 nesting boxes and separate roosts….. chickens were installed on Sunday and have settled in well.
Bicycle wheels-portable cook tractor
Checking out the new digs
Andrew delivering the coop
We have about 300g of coffee from the two plants in the garden, which have gone through the long process from harvest to roasting. Certainly a learning curve for us.
Drew and Dave from Delano’s in Montague st, are excited to taste coffee produced locally and at low altitude.
If anyone can come today to taste the coffee at their cafe, call me. 0467640833 . I will bring the coffee to the garden to share. It would be great to brew it up on the rocket stove….
There are plenty of cherries on our two bushes, which will ripen in the next few months. Process:
- Harvest only the very deep red cherries, weekly for a few months. (Keep some aside for propagating).
- Soak -remove floaters,
- hull (Delanos have a little hand cranked machine),
- sun/air dry carefully, hull again (different machine) to remove parchment,
- test moisture content,
While I’ve remembered how to do this blogg thing……
You have probably noticed that a few of the chickens are moulting – they are ok- feathers will be back on by winter proper, egg production will go down.
One black chicken is broody- and looks terrible- not eating etc not sure what to do about her. I lift her off and put her near the food
5.30pm Wednesday, 12th April @ 44 Moore Street, Austinmer
If anyone would like to come and share some food, and discuss garden issues, welcome.
On the agenda will be- the Environmental Trust Environmental Education Expression of interest, that SOL (mudfun) and the Uni put together. Relates to increasing activity at the garden
– the grassed verge that council manages
-a poo trip, chicken coop and other future projects…..
Spring has sprung (and then it seemed to go back into its box again but hopefully it’s back properly now!) and that means Wollongong City Council sponsors the annual spring-clean known as Rise and Shine. Each participating organization earns $100 for assisting with the cleanup. We use this money to pay our rent, so we need all the help we can get to get in and clean up around the creek.
AND – it’s also time for our Annual General Meeting. All members are welcome – and if you’ve not joined, or re-joined, you can do so at the meeting. If you’ve been meaning to come along, and haven’t got around to it – this is the perfect time to come along and meet your fellow gardeners, and help shape the direction of the garden for the coming year.And a meeting is also a great excuse to share some food. So bring a plate to share!
Here’s the timetable for Sunday’s big meet-up:
9 am – Compost turn, as usual
10 am – Clean up in and around the creek. We have bags, gloves, tools. But you need to wear protective clothing, wellies or gumboots if you have them, a hat, and sun protection.
12 pm – Lunch and AGM under the COLA at the garden. Please bring a plate of food to share.
Please submit agenda items for the meeting to email@example.com by Friday afternoon!
See you down at the garden on Sunday.
We’re hoping for a big roll up for the next BushCare day on Sunday, 6 September.
The recent heavy rains have flattened most of the wild ginger plants in the creek, and removing them at this time should be so much easier. Around now the Crofton Weed is getting established down towards the bridge and should be easy to remove.
We haven’t yet started working on the other side of the creek, apart from Privet removal, but we have an excellent opportunity to get a lot done easily, so if you haven’t been for a while, the work should be as easy as it can be.
We have had a large Coral Tree and some privet fall into the creek before the earlier rain at the north end of the site, and some securing and clearing the site around that area would be good.
So, hope to see you there on Sunday from around 9.00 am – 11.00 am.
TCG Bushcare Coordinators
Gary has delivered some clay… already
Thirroul Community Garden
There has been talk about building a cob pizza oven at the garden over the summer months. I’ve been asked to let you know the materials required, to be gathered over the next few months.
- Clay: The subsoil that many of you have in your backyards, neighbours excavations. Builders are have to get rid of it. Pick it up in lumps, bring it to the garden in buckets(the big ones). We can keep it there soaked and ready.
- Sand: Beach, river, any……
- Straw: We have a fair bit of that!
- Water: That too!
- Rocks: That too!
- Empty Glass Bottles: For insulation
- Pumice: from the beach also for insulation- collect as you go walking
- Stone grindings (not essential) -from a stone cutting workshop
- Fire bricks or old dry pressed bricks for the base cook surface.
- Materials for a little roof covering- timber/tin or we could locate it under the…
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A suggestion to help improve growing conditions for our plants, particularly the fruit trees, is to raise the planting level with the hugelkultur method. For us the main benefit would be improved drainage- but here are the other advantages: water retention;warmer soil; builds soil fertility; creates micro climates; recycles organic matter on site; less bending over.
from ‘edible landscapes’
Kerryn and Peter have started a mound (swale) with a ditch behind to collect water run off, near the front gate. We can keep adding and increasing each week, ready for fruit tree planting……. we can probably go higher with the one we have started.