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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Our 2014 Annual General Meeting - 23rd August 2.30pm

You are warmly invited to attend the 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Moreland Community Gardening which will be held:

On:   Saturday 23rd August
From:  2.30pm
(This is just across the other side of Dunstan Reserve from the West Brunswick Community Garden)

This is an important part of our group's governance program and we encourage you to come along.

Note that although everyone is welcome, only Moreland Community Gardening members who have paid membership fees for 2014-15 (or who have had this fee waived) will be eligible to vote on any resolutions or participate in elections.

The various documents relating to the meeting can be found in this online folder, they are:
  • The Agenda for our meeting
  • The minutes from our last Annual General Meeting
  • An officer nomination form (at the meeting, the officers of Moreland Community Gardening Board will be elected)
  • A proxy voting form (in case you would like to vote but are unable to attend, you may appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf)
  • The current Rules of Incorporation for Moreland Community Gardening Inc.
Completed forms must be sent to:
Moreland Community Gardening Inc.
PO Box 59
Pascoe Vale South
VIC, 3044

Things to note:
  • Completed office holder nomination forms must be received at this address a minimum of 7 days before the meeting. 
  • Completed proxy voting form(s) must be received at this address a minimum of 24 hrs before the meeting.
We'll have some refreshments and nibbles to enjoy during the meeting and we look forward to catching up with you.

Yours sincerely,

Julia Raath

Secretary, Moreland Community Gardening Inc.

Personal Plots Update

Some of our personal plotters have decided a personal plot is not for them which means we have some new gardeners joining us, so welcome new gardeners!

Currently there is still a plot available. If you have not been contacted for a plot and you are interested please email us at, to make sure you are still on the list.

Remember, to be assigned a plot you must be a member of the garden (pay $10 per year or email/show us your concession card, this needs to be renewed each year). We have a system for assigning plots which takes into account your gardening space at home, how close you live to the garden and your volunteer history with the garden. The best way increase your chance of getting a plot assigned is to come along to Garden n Gathers or to help out in a group at the garden.

If you don't feel you can commit to a plot, not sure if you know enough to garden on your own, like gardening with others or are just dying to get your hands dirty come and join in with the Communal Crew. Regular meetings on the second Sunday of the month and other times coming soon.

Fundraising and Funds Saving

Over recent weeks our board, the garden organising committee, organisers of the Communal Crew and the Food Forest have developed plans for this year. As well as taking care of our everyday needs like compost, stakes, tools, insurance, security, seeds etc, we're planning a propagation club, the communal crew want to put in a section of berry bushes, we are thinking of a pergola near the shed to provide shade for gardeners and newly grown seedlings, we'd love to put some shade and seating somewhere in the north of the garden and there's more.

When we set about this planning process we expected that the money raised from our contributions would be less than what we need to achieve all our plans. This is absolutely fine, we just need to look to other sources of funds, materials or support to supplement our contributions.

All of us have a part to play helping to bridge this gap so we urge you to put your hand up, to help out, to learn new skills and to lend your energy to grow a better garden. Please have a look at the ideas below and get in touch to let us know what you can help with.

Fundraising - Our fundraising group will do things like:
  • a Bunnings sausage sizzle
  • making coffee, cake and covering the gate at a local Open Garden
  • working on advertising, articles or media contacts
  • applying for grants or approaching businesses for material or financial support

Funds Saving - Our funds saving group will help reduce the amount we need to spend by doing things like:
  • regular pick ups of horse manure and compost, leaves, vege scrap/coffee grounds from local cafes, seaweed from Williamstown beach, other donations/collections
  • brewing seaweed tea
  • ripping hardwood for stakes
  • being a good scrounger for materials for building, edging or nice logs for seating etc.
  • collecting materials to save on delivery costs

All of these roles/teams will have support from our West Brunswick Community Garden Organising Committee and our Moreland Community Gardening Board. No specific skills are required (although if you have experience it's welcome) just willingness!

Please email to tell us your ideas or what you can do. We'll have a Fundraising/Fund Saving group meetings after lunch at the next Garden & Gather on Sunday 24th August.

Monday, July 21, 2014

What to plant in mid-winter

It may not feel that much like gardening weather, more like sitting-inside-flicking-through-gardening-books weather. But if you look closely at gardens in Coburg and Brunswick right now, you'll see bulbs breaking ground, citrus trees going gangbusters, and magnolias in their full glory. It's not so gloomy in the winter garden, after all, is it?

So we have good news and bad news. The good news is that now is the best time to get your spring and summer veggies started. The bad news is that this involves leaving the couch and the heater. But we promise you'll warm up once you get going.

Here are a few things you can sow or plant right now:
  • Bok choy
  • Beetroot
  • Broad beans
  • Chicory 
  • Endive
  • Kale (try the curly Russian kale)
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Mizuna
  • Mustard greens
  • Onions
  • Pak choy 
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Rocket
  • Shallots
  • Silverbeet or ruby/rainbow chard
  • Tatsoi.
Happy little bok choy seedlings

You can also divide up and replant perennial herbs, plant tubers of Jerusalem artichokes (we dug up millions at the Permablitz the other weekend - such a good value crop), crowns of asparagus and rhubarb, and you'll find strawberry runners and seed potatoes in the nurseries now. 

Right then. Gloves on, beanie clamped firmly to head, and off you go.