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Mid Week in the Garden

Hello gardeners,

While the weather has been warm and the days long, a few of us have been gathering at the garden in the late afternoon midweek. This week, and for the next few weeks, we’ll meet at the garden from 5 pm on Tuesday evenings for some weeding, planting, and feeding of the garden beds in preparation for our next season of planting. This is in addition to our Sunday morning gardening bees, which continue as usual..

We know Sundays don’t suit a lot of people, here’s hoping you can make it along on Tuesday for an hour or so? Also on Tuesday, Kaz is keen to propose and discuss a strategy for where and how we source our seeds to ensure they are good quality. Please bring along your ideas and suggestions.

And last, Jenny, our compost co-ordinator extraordinaire, will be out of town (indeed out of the country) for the last couple of weeks of February, and the first week of March. This means we need a volunteer to fill in for Jen on her weekly compost collecting run – every Thursday or Friday from Cucina, Beanstalk and the Flame Tree Co-op. for a few weeks in February/March (and ideally, if you could share the job with Jen when she gets back I’m sure that would be a great help to her).

Can anyone help? Please let us know now, so Jenny can show you the ropes before she leaves for vacation.

See you down at the garden tomorrow!

Open Day Fun

We had a great time at our Open Day on September 23rd. Thanks to everyone who attended.

We would also like to send our sincere thanks to Peter Button for welcoming us on behalf of the Dharawal custodians of the land, and for his music.

Thanks to all of the other musicians who donated their time:

  • The Emma Kelley Trio: Bertie Mcmahon on bass, Patrick Kell on keys, Emma on Sax
  • Rockin’ Russ and Josh Smith (thanks Josh too for being the super-roadie! and thanks to a local Hotel  for loaning sound equipment)
  • China and his band:  China Pingnam bass, Andy Matthews guitar/vocals, Dave Deeds  drums

We would also like to thank the local businesses who donated bread rolls and sausages for our barbeque, and plants and tools for our herb spiral and garden.

And a huge thankyou also to our marvelous neighbours Anne and Trevor for donating the electricity and putting up with us – not just on the open day, but 24/7 supporters and guardians of our garden!

The materials for the herb spirals – the lucerne, straw, hay and cow manure – were purchased for us by Wollongong Council from a fund allocated to helping purchase resources for Wollongong community gardens. And huge thanks in particular to Vanessa John for not only informing us of this funding opportunity, but purchasing and arranging delivery of the materials direct to our site.

And last but not least the hard-working members of the Thirroul Gardeners (you know who you are! But a special shout out to event organizers including Kazie, Kade, Paul, Robert, Camille, Paddy, Julie, Jenny, Vicki, Alex, Colin, THANKS!) and their friends and family (Maree! Pete!, Mark, Yoshie, Karen!, Peter, Lisa, Lani, Stuart, and more!) who worked so hard to make this happen.

Photos by Camille

Get involved – Join A Garden Sub-committee

Spring is here there’s plenty to do, so its time to get some more hands on deck.

Now we have Team Leaders for our sub-committees we need you to get involved with an area of garden development that interests you.

If you live in the local area and neighbouring suburbs of Thirroul and would like to be involved in the grassroots development of the garden then please join one of the sub-committees below by emailing your details to : thirroulgardeners@gmail.com

Sub-Committee                               Team Leader

Fundraising and Events                                Kazie Bent

Bushcare                                                             Vicki Marchant

Water                                                                    Ian Miles

Documentation and Arts                              Camille Favoloro

Soil Health/ Compost                                    Paddy Lane 

Site Co-ordinator                                             Robert Haley

Education                                                            Paddy Lane

Communications and social media          Julie Reed 

Structures                                                           Andrew Saunders

Edible City – Film to watch

A film for you to watch and contemplate. Helping you to understand the impending global crisis – who controls the food and your nutrition.

Big Government will do what Big Business wants them to do – keep Big Farming alive. But on closer examination that Big System is falling apart at the very foundations – the soil itself.

Petroleum Companies supply Chemical companies that force feed mono-cultures with chemicals that ultimately destroy soil life and vitality which in turn produce food of poor nutritional value.

Please take time out from the mainstream to learn about whats going on today.

This film is about local communities taking control of the food they eat.

UPDATE – August – September 2012

Hello Gardeners,

August 26th saw a group of keen participants meet to discuss the garden site plan and plants ideas for the Southern half of our very extensive site at High St Reserve.
We now own and will soon erect an under cover area, called a Cola along with 2 water collection tanks due to be installed by end September all funded by a Government Grant.
There is much to get started and completed as we have set ourselves a target date of September 23rd Spring Equinox for an Open Day at the site with ceremonial garden bed building and planting. There are plans for food and a cake stall and please let us know if you can donate a cake or some time to help out. More info on this will be supplied in the coming weeks.
The aim is to build 3 herb spirals on the day – donations of materials and herb seedlings very much appreciated.
Please come along and meet the crew who have been working so very hard at getting this garden ” in the ground”. Information about memberships, Garden design and future activities will be available on the day, with committee members happy to talk about their experience and expectations of the Thirroul Community Garden Project.
Please take a look at some new pages listed here on the blog that show some of the work we have accomplished this month and also information about upcoming projects. We really need volunteers and new members to come on board to help make the garden a success. There is a lot to do and doing it together helps bond friendships and community.
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Whats new under:
Planning and Design – Garden Design Plans, Stages Schedule, Materials List for Herb Spirals
Plant Notes – Ground Plan Plant List
ON SITE Every Sunday 9.30am – What you need to know
Regional Sustainability – Events and Education in the Region
Events – OPEN DAY September 22nd 2012