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Friday, June 27, 2014

Mark your calendar: Food Forest Permablitz - Sat 12th July!

Right! This is a call out to all of you who ticked the 'Are you interested in helping to manage and develop the food forest?' or said last year you wanted touring the Friends of the Food Forest, all the rest who didn't plus anyone I've missed. 

Pruning, camaraderie, spades, pumpkin soup, wheelbarrows, workshops and a tremendous feeling of satisfaction await you on Saturday 12th July as we hold another remarkable Food Forest Permablitz with help from the amazing Permablitz Collective. Help get months of work done in a day, learn stuff and have a laugh while you're at it (PLUS we'll provide lunch for everyone who comes to help).

When: 9.30 - 4.30 Saturday 12th July

Where: Dunstan Reserve, West Brunswick - enter from Everett St through the car park beside Moreland Child Care Centre, 51 Everett St.

RSVP to (so we can cater lunch for everyone)

Prerequisites for attendance: your willingness to learn and get stuck in and a bit of common sense

Bring: gardening gloves, secateurs (if you want to prune), hand tools for planting, sensible footwear and clothing

Foodwe'll provide lunch for everyone who comes to help but feel free to contribute

This amazing food forest with 30+ mature productive food trees and a slowly developing under-storey of edible and companion plants is a terrific companion to the community garden next door provides a long-term, perennial counterpart to the garden's mostly seasonal, transient, plant-harvest-replant cycle. This unique place will only get better as it becomes more established and we invest some love and attention.

We've got lots to do and learn and plenty of fun to be had. Amongst other things we'll:
  • prune whatever needs it but mostly the fruit trees 
  • Assess a few trees that are struggling 
  • work on the pergola for the climbing vines 
  • Sheet mulch an area to suppress the grass 
  • hold some short workshops on things like pruning and composting. 
  • mulch and weed 
Never been before? Come and check it out. If you came along last year, come and see how much the food forest has grown and developed over the year and to bump into the people you met last June.

Just be there!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Wow is it June already?

This Sunday 22nd between 11am - 3pm we have our June Garden & Gather. Nothing quite like a bit of gardening to gently warm you up on a Winter's day.

From Sunday our days start lengthening and we start heading towards the Summer. Come and share in a special celebratory lunch. There will be pumpkin soup!

We'll be on hand to accept your annual membership, communal crew and personal plot contributions. This is your opportunity to pay in person.

There's plenty to do at the garden this month so we need lots of hands, here's what we have lined up:
  • More work on our big garden sign
  • More harvesting of Jerusalem artichokes
  • Put up name signs on the personal plots
  • We WILL start beautification of the shed area!
  • Feed our citrus trees and work on west fence soil ready for citrus trees to be replanted
  • Compost and mulch with hay the perimeter
We'll also run:
  • An introduction for new people at 11.30
  • A compost workshop - turning and learning at midday
  • An espalier tutorial - we'll wander around the perimeter and do any pruning and training sometime before 1pm
What to bring: gloves, sturdy shoes, something edible to share for lunch, a coat in case it rains

Remember, if you can’t make it this time, mark the 4th Sunday of each month on your calendar and plan to make it to 2 or 3 working bees each year.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Your chance to be a fearless compostador

The compost hub is working well, and not just because of the tiny compost crew: it’s because of many others who contribute in many ways, such as: chopping up their waste before putting it in the compost bay; bring and ripping up newspaper; arranging for horse manure collections; reaching out to cafes; bringing in kitchen waste; and putting in the hard work to turn the compost.

Unfortunately, we aren’t producing enough compost to meet the needs of the garden, and so it’s time to step up production.  There are many ways to help, and the following are roles that are needed, or would be nice to have, at the garden:
  • Some more volunteers to turn the compost at Garden & Gather and Communal Crew Sundays.
  • One or more volunteers to look after the “weed tea” section (again, training is available).
  • Some more people to get involved in community outreach, to encourage local businesses and homes to donate scraps to the compost hub.
  • A budding film director, who is interested in shooting a series of very short clips on different elements of our compost system, for uploading to YouTube as a training resource.
  • Someone who is interested in helping to coordinate the composting activities.

If any of the bullet points above tickle your fancy, or if you have any other ideas (we’re always open to suggestions), then please contact us by email at: wbcompostteam [at] (replacing the [at] with @).

We look forward to hearing from you.

King Compost I