Sunday, May 31, 2015

What's on in June

Obviously if you're a member, you can visit the garden at your leisure but we have times each month when garden organisers will be there to help show your around and answer questions.

Friday meetups attract a regular crowd and are a good opportunity to garden in company and learn a few things.

Here are the times people will be down at the garden this month.

Fri 5th June 10ish - Friday Meetup **
Fri 12th June 10ish - Friday Meetup **
Sat 13th June 2pm - Food Forest pottering
Sun 14th June 10am-12noon – Communal Crew working bee **
Thu 18th June 10am-12noon - General pottering **
Fri 19th June 10ish - Friday Meetup **
Fri 26th June 10ish - Friday Meetup **
Sun 28th June 11am-3pm - Garden & Gather and Food Swap **

Sessions marked with ** will have someone who can provide advice and direction on Communal Crew activities.

If there's a time you're available to spend time at the garden and you want company, let us know.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

May Garden and Gather

Our wonderful worms in our black-gold
compost
 In glorious sunny weather, a group got together to sort through a small list of to-do's.

On the list was regular compost turning, weeding (this is a perennial task!), finding and shaping the paths around the communal beds and mulching around personal plots.We also got to oiling our beautiful benches that have become a feature of our gorgeous communal working-bee lunches.
Pepino fruit
We factored in a new feature - a final 'ooh-aah' walk at the end of the day, which entails walking around, taking in the sights of all that has been accomplished throughout the day.
Great weather and great benches!
Lunch was a feast of home cooked and carefully transported delights. We also shared some pepino fruit from plot holders Eli and Enda.
Everyone took home newly harvested lettuce, tomatillos, pumpkins, left overs from lunch and chillies and lemons from Richard. The next G&G is June 28th, 11-3pm.
One of our communal-garden-grown pumpkin.

Monday, May 18, 2015

What to plant in May


It's definitely autumn in our neck of the woods, with shorter days and those cooler nights that make the deciduous trees decide to drop their bundles.


Here are some of the vegetables you can plant or sow now:
  • Bok choy 
  • Beetroot
  • Broad beans
  • Broccoli 
  • Brussels sprouts (seedlings, but check the label - it may be getting too late)
  • Cabbage (seedlings, rather than seed)
  • Carrot (seedlings, but check the label - it may be too late for some varieties)
  • Cauliflower (seedlings)
  • Celery 
  • Chicory & radicchio
  • Endive (seedlings)
  • Garlic 
  • Jerusalem artichoke (tubers or seedlings)
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi 
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce 
  • Mizuna 
  • Mustard greens 
  • Onions 
  • Parsnips 
  • Peas 
  • Radishes 
  • Rocket 
  • Silver beet or rainbow chard
  • Snow peas 
  • Spinach 
  • Swedes
  • Tatsoi 
  • Turnips.


It's also a terrific opportunity to plant some herbs such as:
  • Chives
  • Coriander 
  • Dill
  • Mint (in a pot, as it can ramble)
  • Oregano
  • Parsley 
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary. 
But most importantly, this is one of the loveliest times of the year for gardening.

So what are you waiting for?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Weed Tea - Creating Fertiliser from Green Waste.

Compost Bays 4 and 5 - make black gold.
I have posted a little bit before our compost down at WBCG, but I also wanted to let you know about 'weed tea', another feature of our composting set up at the garden.

Although with a distinctly suspicious name, weed tea is a fantastic and spectacularly easy addition to your garden and soil cultivation.

What is weed tea? It's a liquid fertiliser made from literally making a 'tea' from all those obnoxious weeds that you can't put in your compost for fear of them seeding through your newly-mulched veggie patch. These sort of weeds - running and grassy weeds, usually just end up in your council green bin.

Create your own Weed tea: Get a container (anything with a lid will do, like a common plastic bin, see photo) - anything form 50L to 80L is a great start - but it depends on how many weeds you have. Fill the container with weeds: even dandelion, oxalis, sorrel, couch grass. Fill the bin with water - ensuring to cover the weeds submerge the weeds – It’s called death by drowning! You can weigh down the weeds with a brick too, if you wish.

Immature tea.
Then, simply leave the tea to 'steep' for about 6 weeks (for a fast but weaker solution) to 3 months. By that time, a beautiful, brown-green bubble sludge appears and the weeds are completely dead. This is your tea concentrate.

Use. Drain the tea from your bin, or extract the dead weeds with a pitch fork. Dilute your concentrate with water in a watering can until it look the colour of a weak cup of tea (about 10:1 parts water : weeds concentrate). Use the tea as a liquid fertiliser. You can also put it on the compost heap, so the nutrients accelerate the composting process and make it happen faster.

Refuse: Put the weed debris into the compost heap so that it continues to break down. The weeds are now totally benign and dead.

Making weed tea is really a win-win situation. It’s possible to get rid of a green waste and from that create a rich, liquid fertiliser for use in the garden. Permaculture in action folks!

Happy garden.


Friday, May 1, 2015

What's on in May

Obviously if you're a member, you can visit the garden at your leisure but we have times each month when garden organisers will be there to help show your around and answer questions.

Friday meetups attract a regular crowd and are a good opportunity to garden in company and learn a few things.

Here are the times people will be down at the garden in May.

Fri 8th May 10ish - Friday Meetup **
Sat 9th May 2pm - Food Forest pruning, planting, pottering etc.
Sun 10th May 10am-12noon – Communal Crew working bee **
Fri 15th May 10ish - Friday Meetup **
Sat 16th May 10am-12pm - Food Forest pottering
Fri 22nd May 10ish - Friday Meetup **
Fri 29th May 10ish - Friday Meetup **
Sun 24th May 11am-3pm - Garden & Gather and Food Swap **

Sessions marked with ** will have someone who can provide advice and direction on Communal Crew activities.

If there's a time you're available to spend time at the garden and you want company, let us know.

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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