Sunday, December 2, 2012

Big Dig Day #1: Wow what a day!

Panoramic garden making, who'd of thought?
I hope those of you who came along last weekend are pleased with yourselves. I reckon you're amazing! Most of our granitic paths are now laid and the west side communal garden bed was turned over, enriched, planted, mulched and watered. We even signed up a watering detail to keep the seedlings alive and had a good feed (again!).


A few tough souls braved the heat on Saturday to give us a great head start, getting lots of the path work done and then on Sunday around 30 of you turned up and worked non-stop from 10am until past 4pm. Thanks to all your hard work and patience we've planted some food in our community garden. It's pretty exciting stuff really.

If you didn't come along, make sure you keep the 4th Sunday of each month clear so you can get along and do your bit.

Here's a quick run down...
  • seedlings planted = 400+ (corn, pumpkin, zucchinis, squash, beans, lettuces, basil (sweet, thai), rockmelons, tomatoes and heaps more)
  • metres of paths laid = 120+
  • granitic sand moved and whacked = 20m3
  • soil/compost/manure mix moved and spread in the communal garden = 8m3

We also started to take applications for personal plots. I'll post separately on this in the next few days with information about how you can apply.

If you took photos or video, we'd love copies for our a record of the day and what we achieved. Please email them to grow.eat.moreland@gmail.com or if they're too big, send an email and we'll work something out.

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We're working together for a vibrant, sustainable network of community gardening locations in Moreland.

Our a 100% volunteer-based non-profit community group currently manages two community gardens in West Brunswick and Pentridge a food forest (also in West Brunswick).

Stop and think for 1 minute and you'll come up with at least one good reason for having community gardens all over the place. In case you don't have a minute or need some help, here are our top five!
  1. To bring people together.
  2. To hold on to Moreland's character and gardening knowledge.
  3. To provide somewhere where people can do some physical activity, relax and enjoy themselves
  4. To encourage sustainable gardening
  5. To make it easy for people to get hold of healthy locally grown food