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MUD OVEN WORKSHOP day 2

Completed the insulation layer, prepared the render mix (with the ‘musical mud stomp’ -music of the highest standard- thank you Mel, Rob, Oden, Matilda and Tom) for the outer layer which we will apply this week. (Last day: places available apply to thirroulgardeners@gmail.com)

Sharon cooked up a great soup on the rocket stove. This is absolutely the best way to build!

 

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MUD OVEN

Fun workshop on Saturday. It was a small, not too serious, gathering with music. We used materials we had on site (with the addition of a 1/2 tonne of sand). Inner shell of the mud oven is now complete….. It will dry slowly over the next week.

Next Saturday we will build the insulating layer, and prepare the outer shell mixture with  a MUD STOMP. We will have some food and music and light the rocket stove.

More spaces are available, should anyone like to come along. 3-6pm Sat 16, and again on the 23rd

We have a booklet to explain the construction process,  how to manage the fire, how to use a wood fire for baking, maintenance and recipes.

 

Compost: 3 pile system

The community is really getting behind us. The weekly kitchen waste is growing! To reduce the workload we are trialing a 3 pile compost system.

Build pile No.1. over 1-2 months (4-5m long 1.5m high 1.5wide)

Move onto pile No.2 (4-5m long 1.5m high 1.5wide)

Move onto pile No.3 (4-5m long 1.5m high 1.5wide).

By now pile No.1 one should be ready- no turning!!

Let’s see how that goes……

MUD OVEN MAKING WORKSHOP

Oven making workshop

MUD FUN makes small structures using traditional earthen construction. At
this workshop, MUD FUN will guide you through the process of creating a
traditional low-cost, wood-fired, mud oven.

This process includes:
– preparing the ground and footings
– insulation
-preparing the oven base
– mixing the mud
– forming the dome
– building the dome
– rendering and finishing
– how to light it
-taste test!
– care and maintenance

3 saturday afternoons in March: 9th, 16th 23rd.   Cost: $50 full $30 concession

Featuring the Musical Mud Stomp

Register your interest at thirroulgardeners@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

Streamwatch & Waterbug Blitz

We will be Streamwatch testing this sunday, 10th Feb 10.30am

Waterbug Blitz kit is arriving Monday 11th. Spring and Autumn are the best times to carry out Waterbug tests.  All ages can be involved.

‘The Great Musical Compost-ition’ pilot

the great compostition 2 -first page

If you are not away this weekend, come along to participate in a a pilot for

‘The Great Musical Compost-ition’, (this sunday 27th Jan)’

It goes like this…. Meet at 10am, outside 44 Moore St, Austinmer for your instructions. We will video the cafe staff chopping veges and discarding scraps in the compost buckets. A few of us  will be planted in the cafes saying “here come the musicians- bring out the compost” Musicians will play (walk down from outside 44 to area in front of the cafes) and the bucket will be brought out to the footpath, a long line of people will then follow (from the little alley between) each with a bucket. We follow the musicians back up to where the ute is parked. Buckets are stacked in the ute. Done. Feel free to dance, have coffee or go for a well deserved swim.

Buckets will be taken to the garden. Keen gardeners will go on to turn the compost.

Call if you have any queries. 0467 640 833

 

 

Citrus tree pruning

Sian found this interesting article on pruning citrus. Citrus Tree Pruning

Tuesday afternoon gardening : today’s activity

NOW

What’s happening at the Garden today?
From 3pm the gardeners will garden and cool off in the creek’s water hole that is now waist high thanks to the efforts of those that took out the rocks. Come try out the new waterhole and soak away the hot summer heat. Whether you are a SeaSharp singer or not you can either initiate a water hole singing session or listen to the local birdsong.
From 5.30 Matt and David will arrive with some cooked Garden Food.
From 5.30-7.30 there will be:
– food sharing
– clothes swap sharing costume partyish activities
– SPAT committee members announcements (Matilda)
– Sea Sharp Singers announcements.
– Honk announcements
– Non-announcements
– A reading by David Mitsak of a new spoken word art piece, to be performed on Australia Day and possibly others days and produced by Rhiannon Morgan of Honk, SPAT, TCG, SeaSharp Singers and SOL.  This performance piece includes a non-announcement one moment’s silence for anyone who has ever fallen.
-An emergency execution planning session for “The Great Musical Compostition” some time in the next several days while HONK fever is still here. (see below)
-A ten second count down at 7.29.50 to introduce a public performance piece called “The Thirty Second AGM” which is also a real attempt to complete a real AGM of a real Incorporated Association under NSW Department of Fair Trading, that has received real local, state and federal government funding. (AGM is for SOL independent cultural arts: not TCG!)
“The Great Musical Compostition” is where musicians, singers, gardeners, activists, thespians and others will compose and perform music dance and pedestrian congestion on the main street to promote community and let food business owners know that they can bring their scraps out for composting.

Summer in the garden

Great pre-Christmas turnout yesterday. Cafes are busy, so lots of compost to turn. Potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers herbs, greens… summer
650g tomato picked. Fruit fly free, thanks to fly exclusion bags!

Bring some Christmas food and drink on tuesday.!