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cool off

The creek now has a waterhole, making summer gardening pleasurable. The video can’t be uploaded here, so check the facebook site.

Thirroul Community Garden Entry Gates


TCG entry gates

Salvaged, designed, fabricated and installed by Andrew. Wonderful.

Annual General Meeting

At the Garden,

12 noon sunday 8th oct , after our normal activity, bring a plate. Heaps to talk about. If you haven’t been for a while, it would be great to see you.


Some Garden Planning



To make decision making and propagation planning easier, as well as clarity for visitors/harvesters and new members, here is a suggested rotation plan (8yr cycle) for the vegetable bed area between the panama berry & the herb beds.

Vines have been planted to the west of the beds as in the original plan


Garden Rotation








Rocket Coffee

With the help of Lucy Morgan and David Mitsak of SOL illawarra (MUD FUN) Mud Fun Australia the rocket stove Superefficient woodstoves has been resurrected.

Manned by Charlie and Emma on the rocket stove, we brewed our first batch of TCG coffee. Tasting was done with due tasting 1

The New Roost Room

Andrew has built an amazing portable chook coop, featuring ventilation, easy access for us humans, clip on wheels, 2 nesting boxes and separate roosts….. chickens were installed on Sunday and have settled in well.

Our Coffee Beans have been roasted!


We have about 300g of coffee from the two plants in the garden, which have gone through the long process from harvest to roasting. Certainly a learning curve for us.

Drew and Dave from Delano’s in Montague st, are excited to taste coffee produced locally and at low altitude.

If anyone can come today to taste the coffee at their cafe, call me. 0467640833 . I will bring the coffee to the garden to share. It would be great to brew it up on the rocket stove….


There are plenty of cherries on our two bushes, which will ripen in the next few months. Process:

  1. Harvest only the very deep red cherries, weekly for a few months. (Keep some aside for propagating).
  2. Soak -remove floaters,
  3. hull (Delanos have a little hand cranked machine),
  4. sun/air dry carefully, hull again (different machine) to remove parchment,
  5. test moisture content,
  6. roast.




While I’ve remembered how to do this blogg thing……

You have probably noticed that a few of the chickens are moulting – they are ok- feathers will be back on by winter proper, egg production will go down.

One black chicken is broody- and looks terrible- not eating etc not sure what to do about her. I lift her off and put her near the food




Casual meeting

5.30pm Wednesday, 12th April @ 44 Moore Street, Austinmer

If anyone would like to come and share some food, and discuss garden issues, welcome.

On the agenda will be- the Environmental Trust Environmental Education Expression of interest, that SOL (mudfun) and the Uni put together. Relates to increasing activity at the garden

– the grassed verge that council manages

-a poo trip, chicken coop and other future projects…..

Rhiannon (0467640833)



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 by Friday afternoon!

See you down at the garden on Sunday.

Cheers Julie