Sunday, September 30, 2012

September Update - Garden & Gather #1 and Designing our Garden

We've had a busy time in September and things are moving along nicely now. Thanks to everyone who helped before and after with both of these events.

Our first Garden & Gather on 23rd September

Morning tea in Food Forest 23 Sept 2012
We had a terrific day down at the Food Forest. After early drizzle, the weather turned for the better. All in I think we had around 17 people, including 4-5 new faces and a few dogs. Lots of chatting and interested passers-by.

A few highlights:
  • We planted more than half of the plants on our planting plan
  • The mulch we had left has been spread
  • Another big pile of weeds came out and paths were rediscovered on the west side.
  • Our food swap table had a few pepinos, some lemons, sunflower seeds, chokos (for planting), parsley (literally bucket loads). 
  • We spread some compost donated by a local benefactor under this pergola and mulched around the plants that we put in.
The whole area looks well tended after now. We'll be getting in touch soon to ask for people who can help with a watering roster to make sure the plants all get through the Summer.

Designing our Garden on Sunday 30th September

Our plans are closer to being finalised now after our garden design session. We had a good turnout and pulled together a strong list of features for the garden. We agreed it should be a little less formal than our draft plans with some more winding paths between garden beds, several inviting seating spots around the garden as well as a circular central space with seating. Our very generous landscape architect will take away all the notes and ideas and draw something which we hope will satisfy everyone.

We expect to have a plan to show everyone at the Garden & Gather on October 28th.