It’s all happening! This afternoon (Friday), the COLA materials were delivered to the site! Paul, Andrew and the construction team will be arranging to have it erected as soon as we’ve got confirmation from council about how to construct. (If council require, we’ll need a licensed contractor, otherwise our construction team will be getting busy next weekend!)
The compost is brewing nicely – see more in Paddy’s report from the compost room below.
Also in Paddy’s note, some thoughts and preparation for our Garden Design workshop, which Paddy will be leading on Sunday August 26 from 11 am in her workshop/shed at the back of her Hospital Road Bulli premises (enter from DUMBRELL ROAD – look for the TCG sign and the ballooons shortly after you enter Dumbrell from L.H. Drive in Bulli).
Please bring along lunch to share while we design.If you can, head on down to the garden site (9:30 – 10:30 Sunday – every Sunday) first to turn, augment, and ooh and ah, sniff and examine our lovely compost heap (now incorporating pedigree pony poo!). Bring a treat to add to the compost – see Paddy’s suggested gift list for the compost heap below.
Cheers ! Julie
And now – Paddy’s message, written after last Sunday’s compost day:
News from the compost room
Hello fellow gardeners, we had a very productive time with the compost beast today, it is smelling lovely, hot, friable and a number of worms & mini beasts were present. Also it seems while we are on the subject of beasts, Trevor our neighbour is host at the moment to some little ponies- the little girl inside that always wanted a horse is feeling a little bit sated- they are so cute. I,’m not sure how long they are there for, but having access to their manure will be fantastic.
In terms of the compost it is breaking down fairly quickly and it needs to be added too very regularly. I have noticed some bags of green waste outside a house in Lachlan street and went in to ask them if we could have for the garden but no one was home. I guess it would be great if people could continue to bring some offering to the hungry beast each week- anything that was once living is a good rule to go by- this includes:
- grass clippings
- green and brown fruit and veggie scraps
- leaves- Not too many Eucalypt leaves
- cuttings & prunings
- crushed eggshells
- vacuum cleaner dust
- tea & coffee
- small twigs( no bigger than a finger width)
- chicken or guinea pig litter
- straw, shredded paper and sawdust.
It is best not to add bread, citrus or meat at this stage to ensure it does not attract too much vermin- once we have chooks we can dispose of ALL food waste. Like anything, the compost needs diversity. Too much of any one thing will cause an imbalance.
We are thinking of making up a flyer to give to all the local businesses asking them to collect their waste on a Saturday and leave it in a sealed container for collection on a Sunday, that might not happen for a while so in the meantime, let your neighbours and waste-wise friends and family know they can bring organic waste on Sunday mornings from 9.30 onwards.
So while we are busy making lovely soil we are also heading towards next weekend, where after the compost turning on Sunday morning we will be meeting at my house- or rather my back shed- please enter via Dumbrell Rd which runs parallel to Hospital road heading south. I am the carport next to the creek and will have some balloons hanging.
I thought it would be good for everyone to reflect on the wish list that we came up with during our first planning meeting. This is the comprehensive list of what we discussed, so perhaps between now and then can everyone think about how we might put together the parts of the puzzle. Being mindful of the aspect- winds- sun- water (boggy areas), slope of the land etc. Thinking about Planting guilds would be useful also- this is the list- randomly typed from our mind map:
- consult Aboriginal community to Welcome and name suggestions
- transition town
- seating circle
- food forest: fruit , nuts, berries, bush tucker
- healthy soil- compost, companion planting
- flowers, sunflowers, edible flowers
- community education
- self sufficient
- worm farms, chooks, bees & native bees
- eating space- bread oven
- older people and kids space
- market garden, produce swap and share
- meandering path fruit maze
- permaculture principals
- swales, earthworks
- community art projects-sculptures, signage
- organic pest management
- accessible gardens
Please email any ideas or thoughts before Sunday especially if you are unable to attend. Have a happy week and do a rain dance.