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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Growing Food Project: screening as part of Melbourne Now at NGV (30th Nov @ 3pm)

For anyone interested, our lovely Food Forest (and some of our lovely gardeners) features in this.

Growing Food Project will be screened as part of Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) on Saturday 30th Nov at 3pm.

Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect Melbourne’s extraordinary and unique cultural landscape.

This film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with artist & nutritionist, Rasha Tayeh alongside other inspiring designers & architects discussing Food & the Built Environment – inviting viewers to discuss the benefits of supporting local food systems & how we can better design cities around food and bring it closer to us.

Panel speakers include:
The film screening & panel discussion will kick off at the Clemenger BBDO Auditorium (NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road Melbourne) at 3pm and will be followed by a tour of the Foodscape designed by Urban Commons at the NGV garden.

This event is free. No booking required.

Photo: Growing Food Project 
For more information about the Growing Food Project visit:

Monday, November 18, 2013

Next Weekend: a couple of ways to scratch your community gardening itch

Itching to see community gardening in action, meet some awesome, likeminded locals and get your hands dirty? Well, this weekend there are a couple of great opportunities you might like to avail yourselves of that should well and truly scratch that itch.

Saturday from 11am - Moreland Community Gardens Tour

Come along and checkout the other community gardens in Moreland on this tour.

I think anyone who went on last year's tour would tell you it was an interesting and fun way to spend a few hours.

We're meeting at  Luscombe St Community Garden at 11am on Saturday.

It's free and places aren't unlimited but please RSVP by emailing so we can send you more info about times and maybe you can catch or give someone a ride.

Sunday from 11am - Our monthly Garden & Gather

Last month's Garden & Gather was my favourite yet. 

There was just a fantastic mood about the day, it was warm, some new faces and plenty of regulars, lovely food, the waft of compost being turned - oh and we got loads done including an induction, a compost workshop, mounting our new gate blackboard, building our outside propagating tables, ramping the sand in front of the greenhouse, sorting out some hazards and trialling  our salt and vinegar weed killer.

This month we've got plenty to get done before the hot weather and holidays set in:
  • an induction/orientation for anyone who's recently joined or just wants to attend
  • you can come and pay your membership fees
  • we'll run a compost workshop
  • lining and filling the raised beds we built recently
  • fitting the shade system to the greenhouse
  • watering everything!

Note to personal plotters - Remember one way we ask you to contribute is to come along to at least a couple of Garden & Gathers each year to help with the care and maintenance of our garden. We're hoping to see a few people getting their first in for this year.

Remember everyone: Bring a plate, suncream, a hat and gloves.

See you down there!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Permablitz Picnic/Pruning Party at the West Brunswick Food Forest (Saturday 14th December at 12pm)

The lovely folks at the Permablitz Collective (who came to visit in June and helped us achieve so much) have elected to hold their end of year picnic under the fruit trees at the West Brunswick Food Forest and we're all invited!

If you haven't been down since the blitz in June, come and check out the Food Forest in full leaf.

When: Saturday 14th December at 12pm
Where: West Brunswick Community Garden and Food Forest
Bring: something to eat (please note there aren't any BBQ facilities) and drink.

It's a chance to reflect on the year that soon was, meet other members of the Permablitz community and catch up with people you've met at previous permablitzes.

There will even be a pruning workshop—educational!

Friends/animals/babies most welcome!

We look forward to seeing you there :)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Your garden needs you!

Do we need to appeal to the riot police to help?
Hi, me again. I know it was only a few days ago that I asked for volunteer waterers but I'm back to ask again. It's important.

Imagine standing out in the cooling evening, sprinkling some water on happy plants, sighing and thinking 'This is the life'. That's what it's like. Really.

So far we have 15 lovely people who've put their hand up which is fantastic but we need 15 more.

Don't the plants look happy?
You want our plants to be happy too right?
I can't think of a more elegant, less cliched way to say "many hands make light work". Simply put, if we don't get more of you to help it means more work for the few people who have volunteered.

If you're one of our 70 members who hasn't volunteered we really need you to do an hour of watering every couple of weeks.

If you'd like to help but you're not a member don't let that be a barrier, let's talk!

Please reply to this email (if you're reading this in an email that is) or email us at with your name and days of the week you can water.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

What to sow or plant in November

It really felt like spring today. And then it felt like winter. Then summer. Then winter again.

But that's November in Melbourne for you.

In spite of the alternating sunburn and frostbite, it's one of the busiest months in the garden. We're planting tasty summer crops, but also those autumn and winter crops that need long growing times.

It's officially tomato planting season now there's enough warmth in the soil to give them a good head start, along with all the other plants we often cook with tomatoes like capsicum, chillies, eggplant, zucchini and basil. The biggest decision for November is which tomato variety to choose. We planted tree tomatoes in the community garden today - apparently they can grow to eighteen feet high!

So let's take a look at the long list of all the goodies you can get going now:

  • Asparagus
  • Artichokes
  • Beans
  • Beetroot
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Capsicum
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Chilli
  • Celery
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Mitzuna
  • Mustard greens
  • Okra
  • Parsnips
  • Pumpkin and squash
  • Radishes
  • Rocket
  • Silver beet or rainbow chard
  • Spinach
  • Swede
  • Tatsoi
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Watermelon and rockmelon
  • Zucchini.

Along with all the mulching, watering, propagating and weeding, there's plenty to be going on with.

Happy digging!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Ways to get involved 1-2-3!

1. Come to the next Friends of the Food Forest get together on Sunday 10th November between
10am and noon. Maintaining and improving the Food Forest.

2. Come to the next Communal Crew working bee also on Sunday 10th November between about 9am and noon. Maintaining and improving the communal beds.

3. We need lots of waterers for the communal garden, food forest and perimeter/greenhouse watering. Can you spare 1 hour to water about once every 2 - 3 weeks (more often is OK too)? If you can then please reply to this email (if you're reading an email) or email us at with your name and days of the week you can water.

See you down there!