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.




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





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 :

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.

Compost 101

NEWS – The compost team have approached some local cafes who have agreed to save their green scraps and some coffee grounds. We have provided them with a 20L bucket with lid that will be collected every Friday afternoon.

As we are well on our way with our first compost heap it might be good to revise some info about what makes the ‘perfect pile’. Below is a great article from a site called that outlines the best ratios of Carbon – Brown Dry and Nitrogen – Wet Green waste.

The crucial numbers we must remember is 25:1 ratio.

25 parts Brown DRY to 1 part Green WET

A Balancing Act

(Carbon-to-Nitrogen Ratios)

All organic matter is made up of substantial amounts of carbon (C) combined with lesser amounts of nitrogen (N). The balance of these two elements in an organism is called the carbon-to-nitrogen ratio (C:N ratio). For best performance, the compost pile, or more to the point the composting microorganisms, require the correct proportion of carbon for energy and nitrogen for protein production. Scientists (yes, there are compost scientists) have determined that the fastest way to produce fertile, sweet-smelling compost is to maintain a C:N ratio somewhere around 25 to 30 parts carbon to 1 part nitrogen, or 25-30:1. If the C:N ratio is too high (excess carbon), decomposition slows down. If the C:N ratio is too low (excess nitrogen) you will end up with a stinky pile.

Below are the average C:N ratios for some common organic materials found in the compost bin. For our purposes, the materials containing high amounts of carbon are considered “browns,” and materials containing high amounts of nitrogen are considered “greens.”

If the numbers in Browns are high they must either be used sparingly or balanced by a higher quantity of Greens to obtain the 25:1 balance

Estimated Carbon-to-Nitrogen Ratios
Browns = High Carbon C:N
Ashes, wood 25:1
Cardboard, shredded 350:1
Corn stalks 75:1
Fruit waste 35:1
Leaves 60:1
Newspaper, shredded 175:1
Peanut shells 35:1
Pine needles 80:1
Sawdust 325:1
Straw 75:1
Wood chips 400:1
Greens = High Nitrogen C:N
Alfalfa 12:1
Clover 23:1
Coffee grounds 20:1
Food waste 20:1
Garden waste 30:1
Grass clippings 20:1
Hay 25:1
Manures 15:1
Seaweed 19:1
Vegetable scraps 25:1
Weeds 30:1

Note: Many ingredients used for composting do not have the ideal ratio of 25-30:1. As a result, most must be mixed to create “the perfect compost recipe.” High C:N ratios may be lowered by adding grass clippings or manures. Low C:N ratios may be raised by adding paper, dry leaves or wood chips.

Many home gardeners prefer to put up with a slight odor and keep some excess nitrogen in the pile, just to make sure there is always enough around to keep the pile “cooking!” Learn more about building a hot compost pile here.

Here are some good Recipes from Jackie French’s Compost Book

  1. 12 parts grass clippings to 1 part saw dust
  2. 2 parts grass clippings, 3 parts weeds, 1 part leaves
  3. 2 parts weeds, 3 parts paper, 2 parts lucerne
  4. 3 parts weeds,3 parts leaves, 1 part paper, 1 part chicken litter, 1 part diluted seaweed solution