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Calling all Gardeners: AGM and Spring Clean-up SUNDAY November 15

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 thirroulgardeners@gmail.com by Friday afternoon!

See you down at the garden on Sunday.

Cheers Julie

Bushcare this Sunday – let’s take advantage of the rain

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

Cob oven for the garden

Gary has delivered some clay… already

Thirroul Community Garden

Hello Gardeners,

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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creating raised planting beds: hugelkultur

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.

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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. hugelkultur for blogg

Cob oven for the garden

Hello Gardeners,

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 cola.
  • Biggish Tarp
  •  buckets.
  • Small wading pool (feet wash off).
  • Drums or substitutes

Gatherings of people!! People to prepare food, people to play drums and people to play music, people to take their shoes off….. Children, teenagers, elderly …

Call me if you have any queries on this.Rhiannon 0467640833

The Secret’s Out! Working bee this Sunday

Hello Gardeners!

Last Wednesday evening we participated in Wollongong Council’s new program “Secret Suburbs”. Eight groups from Thirroul and surrounds, including Thirroul Community Garden, got 6 minutes each to tell the audience about our groups.

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David, Charlie and Emma engrossed in a garden discovery

Here’s one of the lovely photos of our garden I showed as part of our presentation. Thanks to all for your photos and suggestions about what to present. I’ll post the full presentation at a later date, when I return from a quick sojourn in the north.

 

I’m presently in sunny Queensland, (and tomorrow planning to visit the wonderful Northey Street City Farm, where our Kazie did her Permaculture Design Certificate some years ago). So I won’t be at the garden tomorrow, but the compost turn will go ahead as usual from 9 am, followed by some work on weeding and mulching the vegetable beds.

So come along and get involved! Don’t forget your hat, and your sturdy boots (it’s still quite muddy there up the back). Look out for Jenny and Kazie at the compost piles!

Cheers Julie

 

 

 

Morning Tea at the Garden this Sunday May 17?

Hello Gardeners

We’ve had a few new members join up, at our open day and after. Welcome everyone! We’ve also had a few people put up their hands to help with compost making. That’s great news, since our regular compost collectors are mostly away at the moment, leaving only Linda, who can’t do the collection every week. If anyone else would like to help out, please let us know at thirroulgardeners@gmail.com . The job’s pretty simple – you simply take our big bins along to Cucina cafe and to the Flame Tree co-op, and decant their organic wastes into our bins, then bring the bins down to the garden, along with the cardboard from the co-op. The job can be done anytime the cafe is open (before 3 pm) on Friday or Saturday. (The co-op bins can be accessed in the laneway anytime).

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We’ve got a presentation coming up at Secret Thirroul (download the flyer here – spread the word!) so we’d love some ideas of what to share about our lovely garden. Let’s discuss over a coffee at the garden tomorrow Sunday May 17 – around 10 am, after the compost turn. Bring coffee or a plate to share for morning tea.

See you down at the garden tomorrow – any time from 9am!

Cheers Julie

Join us Sunday April 26 for the compost turn!

Hello Gardeners

This Sunday, we’ll be turning the compost from around 9 am down at the garden. Then on to check on our recent plantings and make a plan for the next plantings. If you joined us at our open day, or are planning to join, come along! We’ll take you on a tour and induct you into our mysterious ways!

Bring a plate to share for morning tea. Kazie’s bringing coffee, Jenny’s bringing cake. Julie’s bringing cheese and crackers. So there’s some inspiration!

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And here’s a little more inspiration – this photo shows Les and Dani helping Kazie move the giant mulch mountain in preparation for open day. What a great job they did, but there’s lots more mulching to be done folks! Come and join the fun.

Upcoming Events

There are a couple of upcoming events that may interest some folk:

May 1-7 is celebrate composting week. On Wednesday May 6 at 6 pm – there’ll be a screening of “Dirt: the movie” at Excelsior Hall in Thirroul, with soup for sale by Hidden Harvest. Download the flyer here. Julie and Bruce will be helping the Hidden Harvest folk serve the soup, and promoting the garden. Come along and see this uplifting movie!

Tuesday May 5 is International Permaculture Day.There are a number of events around the world to celebrate.

One that may interest our gardeners is on Sunday May 3 – a Walk and Talk Permaculture and Self-Sufficiency Workshop at The Keep, a lovely garden in Buxton (about 45 minutes drive from Thirroul). See here for more details.

Then on Sunday May 10 there is a meet-up for community gardeners at the Rose Bay Community Garden. See here for more details.

And on May 27 at 6pm we’ll be presenting at the first of Wollongong Council’s Secret Suburbs events – SECRET THIRROUL. Secret Suburbs “brings happening places, people and activities out of the woodwork and into the public sphere”. We’ll be telling the world about our lovely garden, so if you’ve got some ideas of what we might present, contact us here with your ideas. Download a flyer here, and help promote this event.

That’s it for now, see you down at the garden tomorrow! 9 am!

Cheers Julie

 

Our lovely open day – plus Induction session times

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We had a wonderful open day on Sunday April 19. Planting, bushcare, bed building, leaf bingo, flax weaving, mud-bricks – so much fun!

First we’d like to extend a big WELCOME to all those people who decided that day that you’d like to join us!

Here are the next planned induction times. Please email us here to let us know which time works best for you – OR if none of these work, we’re happy to arrange an alternative time to take you through how we work at the garden.

  • Sunday April 26 9 am – 10 am with Kazie and Vicki
  • Tuesday April 28 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm with Julie
  • Saturday May 2 9:00 am – 10 am with Vicki
  • Monday May 4 9:00 am – 10 am with Paul
  • Tuesday May 5 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm with Julie

Looking forward to hearing from you! If you’ve not yet signed up, you can do so at the Thirroul Neighborhood Centre (open on Wednesdays and Fridays) – in the Thirroul Community Centre and Library building. OR – bring your forms and correct change to your induction session and we’ll sign you up there.

Next – we’d like to extend HUGE THANKS to all who helped make Sunday such a great day:

Cath Blakey from Wollongong Council’s Green team for loaning (and delivering!) equipment, providing some great gardening and chook information sheets and booklets to give out, and of course the great prizes for kids. (And speaking of the green team, they are busy planning activities for the upcoming Celebrate Compost week – see here for more information. And in our neighborhood, there’ll be a screening of Dirt! the Movie on Wednesday May 6.  See here for bookings and information.)

Paul Hellier from Council’s bushcare team for sending along Bernadette Hodgkins to work alongside our Bushcare co-ordinator David. And also, for bringing us plants to regenerate the latest successful clearing in the “great wall of privet”.

Russell Dixon from the Niche nursery for donating (and delivering!) the fantastic flag poles (which were pressed into service to hold the tarpaulin roof on the day, but will be great flagpoles at the entrance from now on).

Emily Messieh and her wonderful team of volunteers at the Thirroul Neighborhood Centre who arranged the bake stall.

John Jones and the guys from the Bulli Men’s Shed for arranging the sausage sizzle and the coffee cart.

Lizzie Rose and Caitlin Marshall from Wild Rumpus for arranging the fantastic mudbrick workshop, run by David from Mud Fun.

And – of course, each and every one of our marvelous gardeners who worked so hard to make the day a great success. You know who you are! You’re all FABULOUS!

If anyone has photos of the day to share, we’d love to have them! Email us!

20150419_142554Meantime, here’s my favorite from the day – a young participant of the mudbrick workshop, who really immersed himself in the material – so much so, he needed some help to eat his cake from the bake stall.

 

 

 

Cheers! See you down at the garden soon! Julie

 

 

 

 

Open Day Sunday April 19 – Join Us!

Hello everyone!

We’re having an OPEN DAY at the garden on April 19th, from 11 am to 3 pm.

All welcome! Bring your friends, your neighbors, your kids, your grandparents!

Garden tours and lots of information on how you can get involved.

We’ll have live music, fun and games for young and old. We’ll make some plant shade structures and weave some little baskets for produce collection. We’ll build a new vegetable bed and plant it with autumn vegetables and their favorite companions. We’ll have information about the bushcare work we do, and you can help plant some local plants in the bushcare zone.

Our friends at Wild Rumpus will be running a mud-brick workshop – see here for information on how to register.

There will be a sausage sizzle and coffee cart courtesy of the Thirroul Men’s Shed. (Gold coin donation, proceeds to the Mens’ Shed).

There will be a cake and lemonade stall, hosted by our parent organization Thirroul Neighborhood Centre. Proceeds to TNC to help in the great community work they do. For more info, see their facebook page here.

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Please help to spread the word! Download a flyer here!