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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Happiness dwells in the...soil. The secret to being happy is brown and dirty! (free workshop)

By normanack via Wikimedia Commons
"Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the...soil?" Democritus 
Well apparently Democritus said 'soul' but I reckon that quote works just as well if you swap 'soul' for 'soil' don't you?

Want to learn how to make healthy productive dirt? Come to a free workshop being held at the West Brunswick Community Garden in Dunstan Reserve and gain the practical skills you need to get your garden up and growing.

Presented by by qualified horticulturalists from Sustainable Gardening Australia and provided courtesy of Moreland City Council.

When: Sunday 13th January - 10.30-12.30
WhereDunstan Reserve in West Brunswick
Cost: FREE
Workshops are open to all residents and please book if you can. Call Council’s Operation Centre on 8311 4300 to reserve your place. See this flyer for more information.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

TIme change for today's Garden & Gather (23rd Dec - 10am - 1pm)

Hi everyone,
Due to hot weather (BOM are saying 39 degrees today!) today's Garden & Gather will finish at 1pm just in case if you were planning to drop by after that. We're still starting at 10am and have plenty to do including at 12pm we'll be allocating the personal plots.

Don't forget to bring a drink (we'll have an esky to keep it cool), gloves, a hat and suncream!

Hope to see you down there!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Big Dig #2, Personal Plots and Pixies (yep!)

Yikes, flying carrots!
Hi everyone,
Hope you're all well and coping OK with these bursts of heat. A few things for you...

Garden & Gather (Sunday 23rd Dec, 10am-4pm) Yep it's ON!

We've got a fantastic alternative to slogging through the Christmas queues in the city or at your nearest shopping centre - come to our next Big Dig. Let's face it, if you need to shop and you haven't done it by then, well you've still got Monday! It's our last get together for the year and we'll be digging in celebratory mood after what's been a big year for the food forest and the garden. Come down and get stuck in!

We've got a heap of stuff to do so of course we'd love to see you for the whole session but even a couple of hours will make a difference. No doubt we'll finish up with a cool refreshing drink so come and say hello.

As usual bring a plate, a drink, gloves, a hat and suncream!

Personal Plot Allocation

Oh, one more thing for the 23rd those who are successful in their personal plot applications will find out which is theirs! Surely you want to be there for this history-making moment.

Yarn bombing

We've had a visit from the yarn bombing pixies of Brunswick and they've done their bit to help make our fence look a bit less institutional (see the picture). Go down and check it out for yourself. Apparently they might come back if we grow lots of food.


We all owe a big thanks to the watering crews who're keeping things alive and growing down in the food forest and the big communal bed we planted a few weeks back. We're aware it's taking a pretty long time to get the communal bed watered.

Of course it'd probably be more pleasant (and certainly quicker) to have a couple of extra people there helping so if you're not on a crew and can help, let us know.

Enough for now, see you on the 23rd!


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 or if they're too big, send an email and we'll work something out.