Sunday, October 20, 2013

Garden & Gather (Sunday October 27th) - Other News & Requests

Well, if today (Sunday) was anything to go by, we've got some work ahead of us this Summer! Still we made it through last Summer successfully and this year we've got another year of gardening under our belts and more people to help. Gotta be better this year. Right?

Next Sunday 27th October between 11am and 3pm we have our monthly Garden & Gather where we get together, have a laugh, something to eat and do some work together to make the garden better. It would be great to see a few more people down there, if you haven't been down for a while, come and say hello, tell a joke and lend a hand.

NEW!! This time, and every month from now on, we'll do an introduction for new members where we'll provide some background to the garden, explain how it works, show you around - that sort of thing.

So, here's what we'll be doing:
  • 11.10 - Intro for new members
  • 11.30 - Compost workshop
  • installing the steel tables outside and anchoring them
  • putting together the remaining staging for inside the greenhouse
  • spreading the remaining sand near the greenhouse
  • some other bits and pieces around the garden
Remember - bring a plate of something edible to share, a hat, suncream and gloves.

In other news...

More ways to be involved - TICK!
When can I meet others at the community garden? Let me count the ways...

  1. Midweek meetups - every Tuesday and Friday 10am-12pm
  2. Sunday sessions - every Sunday (except 4th Sunday) 9am-12pm
  3. Communal Crew sessions - every 2nd Sunday -10am & 3rd Tuesday 7pm-8.30pm (Summer only)
  4. Friends of the Food Forest - every 2nd Sunday - 10am-12pm
  5. Garden & Gather - every 4th Sunday 11am-3pm

Hold our AGM - TICK! 
Thanks to those of you who came along to our AGM last week. It all went very smoothly and was most convivial. There have been some new faces elected to our board, we'll post something soon about this soon.

Build the last of our raised beds - TICK!
Yesterday (Saturday) Barish, Thomas, Nico and Fergus built the last of our raised garden beds, the ones we've been calling our 'access beds'. These beds are:
  • a little higher (so you can garden more comfortably sitting in a wheelchair or standing up), 
  • narrower (so you can easily reach the middle if you're reach is limited),
  • surrounded by firm granitic sand paths (a flatter, more stable surface)
It was a tremendous effort on a pretty hot day. In the next few weeks, we'll have some soil delivered for filling them and we can get growing in these too. 

Some boxes arranged to represent some garden beds
Four of these will be personal plots (we'll allocate them according to our normal criteria/process) and the two long skinny beds will provide some accessible communal growing space.

Some requests...

  • If you bring newspapers for the compost, please make sure they are stacked neatly inside the shed. If they're left outside, they get blown about by the wind.
  • We don't have a rubbish collection at the garden so please take any rubbish home with you.
  • We don't have a shed cleaner/tidier - Had a cuppa? Put your teabags in the compost, wash/put away what you use. Put some plants in? Stack your pots neatly with the others or take them home and put them in your recycling bin.

Look forward to seeing you on Sunday!