Regular Bushcare Meetup this Sunday

Hello Gardeners,

Tomorrow (December 7) is the first Sunday of the month, so we’ll be doing our usual Bushcare meeting at the garden from 9 am. After compost making efforts will move to our Bushcare zone beside the creek.

David F will be co-ordinating this time, come along and help out!

We’ve been planting a few new bushfoods over the last weeks: two Macadamia trees, and a line of Riberries along the fence near the compost heaps (Watering Roster please note – these new plantings need some TLC if it stops raining!). Some more Illawarra Plum Pines are ready for planting this week.


And we welcome a gift from a friend of the Garden – Fiona Martin – a beautiful Midyim Berry bush. Fiona fondly remembers these from her time in northern NSW and has donated this lovely one for us to grow here.

Last week Mary and Julie attended the Wollongong City Council’s annual “Rise and Shine” Awards Presentation. We each collected a certificate and a cheque for $100 (one for the Gardeners, and one for the Bushcare group) – an expression of thanks from Council for our work. Our Treasurer Paul has already deposited our cheques – one will cover our garden rent, the other we can use for plantings, and materials. When we get the photos from the awards night, we’ll post some!

Cheers Julie

Sunday 28th November Spring Cleanup and Coffee

Hello Gardeners!

On Sunday 28th November Thirroul Community Garden will hold its annual spring clean up day, part of Wollongong Council’s Rise and Shine program. Our Bushcare group started the work at the beginning of spring, and now we’ll finish it on Sunday, from 9 am. Wear gumboots if you plan to get close to the creek, or sturdy footwear otherwise. And a hat of course – the rest we’ll provide (gloves, bags, tools). Bring a plate to share. We’ll stop for a coffee break around 10 or 10:30.

By participating in the program, we not only help clean up our lovely local area, we also earn a little reward, which helps us pay the rent for our garden. So come along and help out!

On Thursday December 4 at 6 pm, the Rise and Shine Environmental Awards will be presented in Wollongong. Julie and Mary will be going along to represent the Bushcare group and TCG – anyone care to  join us? Let us know here as soon as possible so we can RSVP.

We’ve been busy planting in the garden, and with the hot weather upon us, we need to have a good watering roster in place so that we don’t lose plants on hot days. Watch soon for a post about the watering roster.

See you on Sunday!


BushCare + Rise and Shine Cleanup Day

Hello gardeners! This Sunday October 12, starting at 9 am come along to the garden. We’ll have our BushCare hats on this weekend (we missed last week because of the long weekend). And moreover, we’ll be cleaning up our section of Hewitt’s Creek as part of the Wollongong Council’s Annual Rise and Shine Spring Cleanup campaign. And for our efforts, our bushcare group will receive a small payment!

We’d love to see you there, no matter if you haven’t rejoined the garden yet, come along and catch up with everyone, help us clean up.

WEAR – sturdy boots (rubber ones if you plan on going into the creek area), good protective clothing (the lantana is scratchy!) and sunscreen and hat. We’ll provide gloves and tools and bags.

BRING – a plate and or a beverage to share for morning tea.

See you there gardeners! The marvelous Vicki M will be co-ordinating.

Remember – 9 AM SUNDAY OCTOBER 12.

Cheers Julie

Spring is here … Bushcare Bee this Sunday 7 Sept

Spring is here and it’s the first Sunday this weekend so time for another Bushcare Bee – 9am – 11 am. Please come along and lend a hand or two!

We will need to get down into the lower banks of the creek so bring your gumboots. If you’re interested in planning a new native planting come along with ideas and we will organise a plant order for planting next month (October Bushcare Bee will be 12 October because of the long weekend).

If you would like to work in the garden there’s lots to do there as well.

At the AGM last Sunday members voted to implement a stewardship system for the garden beds – so if you would like to ‘adopt a bed’ come along to the garden or contact us by email –

More news from the AGM and events team coming soon …


Yacon – Peruvian Ground Apple

Andrew and Fiona report on the yacon harvest, with some tips on how to use them:

We’ve harvested these, and used them in different ways:

1. As chips, with potato and sweet potato (baked). Yacon take the longest to cook, so put them in first.

2. In stirfry (julienned). – a texture like water chestnuts – really good

3. Raw -sweet and crunchy – good in salads.

Andrew and Fiona


Tomorrow night at soup night we’ll be featuring another garden product: pumpkin! See you there, Excelsior Hall, August 3 2014 at 5:30 pm.

BYO Bowl, mug, spoon!


Famous Soup & Film Night Fundraiser

The famous Thirroul Soup & Film Night is coming up – Sunday 3 August. The night is presented by:

  • Thirroul Community Garden
  • Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre
  • Flametree Co-op

and raises money for community projects in the neighbourhood.
Doors open at 5.30 pm for soup and desserts – they’ll be as delicious as last year, promise!
Movies kick off at 6.30 pm with Lucy Farrier and Matt Loft on their woofing and sustainable eating journey around Australia in TASTE OF AUSTRALIA, followed by SHIFT CHANGE – Putting Democracy to Work that will inspire you with stories of  worker-owned businesses changing the workplace for the better.
For more details check out the Soup Night flyer See you there!!

TCG & Bushcare May Newsletter

My goodness the year is moving along fast!

The rain and now the warm weather has kicked along growth in the garden – we are still picking cherry tomatoes, strawberries, pumpkins galore and sweet potatoes!! Broad beans, herbs and brassicas have been planted for winter.

HELP is needed to do some watering this week unless it rains, so if you have an hour or so and could pop in and water that would be great. There is still plenty of water in the tanks.

We are now collecting composting material from Fireworks Cafe in Austinmer – thanks to the great team of collectors. Our compost heaps and worm farm are a treasure and will support new garden beds later in the year. Some of the weed tea barrels are also being moved closer to the compost area and the tea used in the compost. A ‘poo run’ is needed as we are missing the horses next door – more on that soon!

A problem with the combination lock on the wheelbarrows last weekend meant we had to cut the cable and replace with a new lock. Julie purchased a new lock and there is a key in the mailbox and locker – thanks Julie.

DONT FORGET to pop in to Julie and Kaz’s exhibition if you haven’t already – its on until 7 June, Studio19.

And last but not least, NEXT SUNDAY IS BUSHCARE! We will be weeding and transplanting grasses. It would be great to see you there and, as its the first day of Winter, let’s share MORNING TEA? Starting time 9.00am, morning tea at around 11.00am. Even if you can only come for an hour it would be great to see you.

Please support our local Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre  – TCG is afficiliated with the Neighbourhood Centre and our members are TNC members for insurance purposes. Check out this Mercury article.

The Committee


Thirroul Community Garden February Newsletter

Hello Gardeners

Most of us took the opportunity to slow down a bit in January, but not the garden… the warm weather (and the recent rain) has made everything grow fast – including the weeds of course 😉  Here are a few things to let you know about…


What’s growing?
Recently we’ve been harvesting beans, tomatoes, zucchinis, bok choy, and pumpkin. The rockmelon should be almost ready to go too. Come along and help out, and you too can enjoy the fruits of your labour!

Make hay while the sun shines
We’ve just had a heap of bales of straw and lucerne delivered to the garden (thanks Kaz). If you can, join in the working bee next Sunday morning and help us put it to good use.

A note on mulching
The weeds are growing through where we have already laid down cardboard and mulch in some places. To try to prevent this, it would be a good idea to make the layers of cardboard thicker, and overlap more, next time we mulch.

Another Permaculture Design Course is starting on 6 April. For more information see The website also has a great Companion Planting Chart

Also check out events on


Can you lend a hand?
There are a few things that need to be done regularly to keep the garden ticking over. Please email us at if you are able to help out with any of these roles once a week or so:
– watering
– mowing
– collecting compost (from nearby cafés… or wherever you like!)


At the Garden
When you arrive at the Garden to work, please sign in before you do anything else. The sign-in books will be on the table (one for gardening; one for Bushcare).

If you haven’t already done so, please see Paul or Julie to arrange your membership renewal (you need to be a member to be covered by insurance). This year’s fee structure, as determined at the AGM, is: Individual $40; Concession $25; Family $60 full year or $30/ $15/ $40 half year.

Please subscribe to the Newsletter and Blog:
Our Garden blog/website is at Please subscribe to the blog so you receive this newsletter (and other important notifications) automatically in your email in-box. Just go to the blog, scroll down, and on the right you will see ‘email subscription’ – fill in your details here.

Let’s see you at the Garden soon!

Bushcare this Sunday, 2 February

Hi everyone

Happy New Year to you all! Hard to believe its almost February already.

Our next Bushcare working bee is this coming Sunday, 2 February, 9am-11am, and we’d love to see you there. With all the warm weather and rain the weeds are getting away from us and we need your help to beat them down!! If you could for some or all of the time that would be great.

There will be a formal Newsletter coming out in the next week, so watch out for that – there will be a meeting at the Garden to discuss topics for the newsletter so if you have any info or ideas, please pass them on in person or via our email

Hope to see you on Sunday! Bushcare Coordinators.

November Newsletter

It’s been a busy month at the Garden – check out the beautiful harvest of potatoes and garlic that happened last week – we had a lovely morning in the garden. Julie also sent in a recipe that puts these two delicious ingredients together (Papas Arrugadas y Mojos). I cooked a couple of the purple skinned potatoes and they were delicious and creamy!!

potatoes harvested on 24 November 2013garlic harvested on 24 Nov 2013Rise N Shine spring clean-up is continuing in the Garden over the next couple of Sundays so if you have a few minutes or an hour to spare we’d love your help! This activity earns funds for the Garden and Bushcare Group.

Paul has also installed a new anti-pilfering tap attachment to the tap at the front gate (the brass handle is in the mailbox). Thankfully we’ve had lots of rain lately and the tanks are full and water available if you can’t use the front tap.

Help Needed with Cafe Compost pick up over the holiday period – if you could help, even if only once or twice, please email and we’ll contact you with dates to make up a roster.

Bushcare this Sunday (1 December) – we are still tackling the privet and moving down into the creek to remove more lantana, turkey rhubarb, castor oil and other weeds. So if you’d like to help please come along anytime between 9am-11am. We’ll have morning tea around 10.30 as this will be our last BC working bee for the year.

Best wishes for the Festive Season,

TCG Committee