Sunday, August 4, 2013

Coming soon...planting around our community garden's fences


Sorry if you've already heard about this.

One of the remaining parts of rebuilding our garden is to plant around the perimeter of our garden. A little while back we canvassed people's thoughts on what we ought to plant. Thanks to everyone who made suggestions.

Potager du Roi in Versailles
The majority of people were keen on espaliered heritage fruit trees such as apples and pears, along with some fruit vines such as kiwifruit and passionfruit, underplanted with some edible flowers and medicinal herbs as well as a few more edibles. Gorgeous. It'll look just like the Potager du Roi in Versailles. Give or take a couple of centuries. We also reckon after these winter winds that a bit of a windbreak wouldn't go astray, so we're looking at a stretch of feijoas in one area too.

So pretty soon we'll get on to ordering the plants and some more compost to help get them started. We'll keep you posted about planting days once we know we've got the stock. If you'd would like to help out with this project, don't hold back, drop us an email at grow.eat.moreland@gmail.com.

A few people volunteered to donate spare herbs and berries - we are actually in need of those for the Food Forest right now and happy to accept donations at the next Garden and Gather on August 25. Just check in with Karen, Isa or Janelle on the day.

In the meantime, if you're at the garden and looking for something to do, feel free to pull out few weeds in those last strips inside the fence we haven't quite go to yet. Thrilling, I know, but it all helps.

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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