Saturday volunteers 22nd August

Saturday volunteers 22nd August

It was a very warm and sunny August day in the Mid Mountains – great for gardening and socialising at the Community Gardens!

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Volunteers began by weeding around the vegetable seedlings in bed 4 and mulching with matured lucerne hay.

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What a great job done by the volunteers! The mulch will conserve soil moisture, control weed growth and improve the growth of seedlings.

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Curly Green Kale seedlings are now growing very rapidly with the warmer weather.

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Other Asian Salad greens are also growing quickly…..

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While the sharp flavoured Giant Mustard Greens will soon be ready for picking and used to spice up a salad or wrap a stir fried rice creation!

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Volunteers enjoyed a cup of tea and some refreshments in the sun while planning garden activities at the Community Gardens monthly member’s meeting – these are now being held during the day at Kihilla over the colder winter months.

Here is some of the fresh organic produce which volunteers were rewarded with for their efforts!

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Another great day at the Community Gardens!

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Member’s meeting and gardening this coming Saturday 22nd August

Member’s meeting and gardening this coming Saturday 22nd August

The monthly member’s meeting of the Mid Mountains Community Gardens will be held at the community gardens, after gardening, at 11am this coming Saturday, 22nd August 2015.

All members and interested community members are invited to attend. The Community gardens are located at Kihilla Retreat and Conference Centre, 5-17 Queens Road, Lawson.

We will be having a site inspection to continue planning of the development of garden infrastructure, including garden beds, fencing and a proposed new water tank, for inclusion in a revision of our Memorandum of Understanding. We will also be planning garden activities for the coming Spring and Summer seasons and would like the participation of all members and visitors. Come along and get involved in your local community garden!

See you all on Saturday!

Saturday volunteers 15th August

Saturday volunteers 15th August

On another warm, fine and sunny Saturday in the Mid Mountains, it feels as though Spring is here early, and volunteers came along to continue preparing the garden for a productive growing season.

Volunteers started by weeding garden bed 3 and mulching around seedlings with matured lucerne hay to conserve soil moisture and control weed growth.

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What a great job, which will also ensure that seedlings grow faster and give greater yields!

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Here are young seedlings being watered by volunteers as we have had very little rain in the last few weeks.

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Next, volunteers began clearing and cultivating garden bed 5 as this bed hasn’t been planted with new crops for some time.

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Volunteers then planted the majority of the bed with broad bean seeds which will provide a quick crop and also increase the nitrogen fertility of the soil.

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The bed was then covered with a temporary layer of straw mulch to conserve soil moisture and temperature, thereby improving seed germination and early crop growth.

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Volunteers were rewarded for their efforts with some great tasting, local and organic produce from the community garden!

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Saturday volunteers 8th August

Saturday volunteers 8th August

On another fine Mountains Winter’s day, volunteers were happy to be enjoying the sunshine and gardening with some of the best views in the Mid Mountains!

After a lot of great work being achieved at the previous week’s working bee, volunteers commenced one of the next tasks on our long agenda – erecting a new protective netting structure over the crops in garden bed 1. The first step was to remove the existing temporary structure and install new hoops to support the birdnetting.

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Then the existing netting was erected over the hoops, being anchored securely at the ends and fastened at the sides, with the netting stretched more tightly than previously.

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A great result with the crops in garden bed 1 more securely protected!

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The Asian mini turnips are continuing to grow rapidly with the warmer weather………

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Broadbeans and Mizuna are also growing quickly and the Broadbeans will need the additional height under the new netting canopy.

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Crops were watered and tools packed away, ending another great and enjoyable day at the Community Gardens!

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Volunteers & gardens cleanup – Sat 1 August

Volunteers & gardens cleanup – Sat 1 August

The Working Bee volunteers session was well attended and a lot was achieved on the day. Thanks to all who turned up to help out.

One important task on the agenda was to clean up paths in the garden area and restore fencing panels that had been overtaken by weeds and laid low by falling trees. Here’s how the volunteers went about doing that long overdue job in style!

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And here’s the great end result!

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Here’s some volunteers stopping for a well earned tea break!

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Garden beds were well weeded and paths cleaned up, and a big section of fencing was repaired.

There is always more to do…

These snaps were taken at the end of todays work.

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Stage 1 of a new garden bed was created for longer term use by the Mid Mountains Seed Savers group. Initially it consists of a large composting pile of straw that will be seeded with potatoes to begin with to get the soils established. Plans are that the fencing will be extended to include this in a while.

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The high wind that built up in the afternoon meant we covered this new bed with old carpet to help keep the straw in place till it has settled down and ‘locked’ together. This bed will be developed more over the next few weeks.

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Working Bee this coming Saturday 1st August

Working Bee this coming Saturday 1st August

All members and interested volunteers are invited to participate in a working bee at the Mid Mountains Community Gardens this coming Saturday 9am – 12noon 1-8-2015 at Kihilla, Queens Road, Lawson.

Planned activities include :-

# Tidy up of paths and working areas alongside garden beds

# General clean-up of community gardens area, particularly all access pathways and re-organising of stored materials/resources

# Mowing of grass and removal of weeds and vines from garden fencing

Volunteers should wear appropriate protective clothing including enclosed shoes, gloves and hat.

Morning tea will be provided at about 11am.

See you all there!

Saturday volunteers 25th July

Saturday volunteers 25th July

It was a fine, sunny Winter’s day in the Mid Mountains and there was a great turnout of volunteers at the Community Gardens!

Volunteers started by weeding around vegetable seedlings in garden beds 1 and 3 and removing unwanted timber and other materials from the garden area.

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Next on the agenda for volunteers was to complete the planting of garden bed 4 with advanced vegetable seedlings.

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Seedlings of Sprouting Broccoli and several Kale varieties were planted and will provide volunteers with very tasty vegetables as they mature into the Spring and Summer.

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Both the seedling planting and taste testing of Japanese mini turnips which can be eaten root, leaves and all straight out of the garden, provided much interest and excitement for volunteers who were able to experience the results of their efforts and socialise at the community garden!

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It’s days like this that make community gardening worthwhile!

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