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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

What's on when in December

Escape the Christmas rush for a while and enjoy a bit of serenity digging in the dirt or planting with some fellow food growers

Sessions marked with ** will have someone who can provide advice and direction on Communal Crew activities.

Fri 5th Dec         7pm Food Forest Planting
Mon 8th Dec      6.30pm Communal Crew watering system installation **
Fri 12th Dec       10ish - Friday Meetup **
Sat 13th Dec       2 - 5pm - Food Forest Watering demo and hanging about doing stuff **
Sun 14th Dec     10am - 1pm Communal Crew working bee **
Mon 15th Dec    6.30pm - dark - Twilight Gardening **
Thu 18th Dec     6.30pm - dark - Twilight Gardening **
Fri 19th Dec      10ish - Friday Meetup **
Mon 22nd Dec  10am - 12pm **
Sun 28th Dec    9am - 1pm - Garden & Gather and Food Swap (note the time change for Dec, Jan & Feb)

Summer growth

A month or so ago, I introduced you to Barış.

If we had a 'most beautiful and elaborate plot award' at the WBCG, Barış would probably win (although Ali and Enda would probably come close).

Here's a little pictorial update on Barış's plot, plumped by hours of work and new summer growth.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Crucial Compost

West Brunswick Community Garden
accepts compost donations
It's getting hotter (and then colder...then hotter...) down at the West Brunswick Community Garden and so is our compost. We've got a 5-bay composting system, with each bay holding about 1/2 a cubic metres of organic matter in various stages of decomposition.

Composting 101. Why?
Generally there is an array of information about how to compost out there, its even provided by the local council. But what about the why of compost?

What composting does:
    Bay 5 and 4
  • Assist the earth. I don't want to sound preachy, but did you know it takes 1000 years for the earth to create 1 inch of top soil? Composting helps the earth (at least in your garden, your neighbours garden or your community garden - whomever is benefiting from some happy nitrogen-carbon balance break-down) produce more of the good stuff, and that, in turn, helps the plants grow, the bee hum and the birds trill in the whole natural cycle of things.
  • Diverts green waste from your rubbish bin. This is a great point from even those who have the anathema of green thumbs. Even if you do not have a garden, having a compost bin will leave more space in your rubbish bin for, well, rubbish, or just space. 
This is great for two reasons:
Composterdor in action in Bay 1
1. It means that there will be a whole lot less methane produced from green waste rotting in an unbridled way in rubbish tips across the city. This is a great benefit to the environment and limiting climate change. Therefore, composting is one of the little things that you can do for the environment that have a great impact in the long term, along with changing you light bulbs and shower-heads to energy/water saving versions.

2. Less waste in your rubbish bin may end up with you being able to live with smaller rubbish bin all together. In the city of Moreland, downsizing your bin from a 120L to a 80L can save you money on your annual waste collection rates. You can contact the council for more info.
An eye-full of the good stuff!

If you don't have room for a compost bin in your backyard, or lack a backyard entirely, yet still want to compost, feel free to bring it down to the WBCG. We have recently set up a bin near the gate for people to make a deposit. From then on in it's over to all of our gardeners to share in making the alchemy happen, lead by our Compost King, Thomas.

Composterdors (as we like to call them)
surveying the scene