Costa Georgiadis broadcasts live from the garden!

The most exciting thing happened today. I was just off to the ‪#‎waverleyparkcommunalgarden‬ to see if the peas had got hold of the new climbing frames I built yet and who should I meet…? Costa Georgiadis of Gardening Australia fame! He was doing a Periscope broadcast because he heard about the cool things we’re doing.

It’s available to view for the next 24hrs so to see it, download the Periscope app, “follow” Costa Georgiadis and view his post “Take 2: From Tennant Creek to #waverleyparkcommunalgarden. Just popping by to check the growth.” It’s pretty long, but I feature a lot from the middle on. Enjoy!

Costa meet Costa

Costa meet Costa

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Water gardens take the beds to a new realm

Welcome to August’s foray into the healing, healthful, joyful benefits of community gardening. This Sunday we invited our followers to plant water gardens in the beds to encourage frogs, bees and butterflies, the best kinds of bugs, to pollinate and provide pest control to our ecosystem. Here’s how it went…

DSC01078Emma Daniels, our workshop guru, led the day by bringing two round water gardens to embed in the middle two raised garden beds. She brought plants and compost too.

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Olive helps Emma put pebbles in the bottom of the water garden.

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Then it’s time for a rest.

Meanwhile the water beds are installed, planted with cress and other edibles and filled with water.

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Thanks Owen and Ian!

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Bright ‘winter’ sun shone down a smashing 22-odd degrees and lovely friends showed up with kids and helping hands. Kareene, Ian, Owen and Annie; Lesley and Anouk; Nikki and Nick; Salla and some ‘pop ins’ Danny, Audrey, April and Daisy got down and dirty with liberal helpings of blood and bone and mushroom compost, and the planting of flowers.

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He also liked the hose enormously.

Sarah, resplendent in her colourful skirt and dapper hat (that girl seriously knows how to garden stylishly!) mixed and mulched and watered and laughed with the best of them.

It was most definitely, the glorious epitome, the holistic embodiment, the very spot-on definition of Community.

It was a magical day.

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Loving your home, loving your environment and sharing it with your neighbours. Rock on.

See you next time…

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P.s I had this for dinner. Thanks garden.

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A photo journey of our glorious produce

A lovely bee was had in July. Here is our glorious produce. Makes your mouth water doesn’t it!

See you next time: Sunday 16 August, 10am

DSC00986Beautiful broccoli!

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Curvy kale…

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Royal Rosemary…

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Orange stems…

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Space to breath…

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Healthy happy plants…

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Willing ones with worm wee…

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Neighbours in the park.

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A rainy June day

It was a sole figure braving the rain showers to sew a little seed or two this month. Yes, you’ve got it, me!

Clutching my $80 worth of Bunnings vouchers (thanks for the donation Bunnings!), I picked up some little green darlings first thing on Sunday morning and scootered to the garden. For the first time EVER, I was the only person to show up for a working bee and although I love my monthly catch ups with green fingered friends, I can’t tell you how nice it was to potter about on my own in the rain.

Our new shed is just the bees knees and the fixed tap a heavenly wet spout to help the new plants bed down for some serious growing. I was pretty liberal with a packet of peas and gave some coriander, parsley, basil and lettuce a new home.

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All in all the garden is looking pretty lovely. You should pop down!

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Happy 4th birthday to the garden in the park

All together now…

DSC00955Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear garden in the park
Happy birthday to you.

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Emma Daniels gardener extraordinaire pays a call

This month was the inaugural session of our quarterly gardening workshops run by Emma, of the green fingers, Daniels. The theme of the day was ‘healthy soil’ and she showed us how to test the pH of the soil and rectify it if too alkaline or acid. She brought a delightful crew of seedlings itching to spread their roots and she brought a wealth of wisdom and good ideas. The pictures can tell the story…

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Happy Neighbour Day!

Hi friends and,

HAPPY NEIGHBOUR DAY!

We’ve been spoiled rotten in the garden this month with the fabulous Waverley Council funding a special Neighbour Day event. There was a new shed to build, lots of great new tools, a crate of new plants to get in the ground, not to mention a delicious morning tea. Once again, thanks Colleen. I’ll let the pics tell the story…

What an exciting big box. Lance and Sarah get to work on the new shed

What an exciting big box. Lance and Sarah get to work building the new shed

Stage one, open the box and tip it out...

Stage one: open the box and tip it out and realise we don’t have a screwdriver. After some neighbourly door knocking, we borrow one from a friendly tradie working on the street…

Stage two erect the sides and back...

Stage two: erect the sides and back…

Stage three: get in the shed for a silly photo!

Stage three: pose in the shed for a silly photo!

Meanwhile, what’s going on in the garden beds?

Wow, we have some serious supplies. Thanks Waverley Council and Colleen in particular

Wow, we have some serious supplies. Thanks Waverley Council and Colleen in particular.

Bed number 1:

Before...

Before…

...and after. Hands up who likes silverbeet and ruby chard!

…and after. Hands up who likes silverbeet and ruby chard!

Bed number 2:

Before, a very messy bed.

Before, a very messy bed…

...and after. OoooOOoo, I do love building a good trellis. Oh snowpeas, reach for the stars!

…and after. OoooOOoo, I do love building a good trellis. Oh snowpeas, reach for the stars!

Bed number 3:

Before: unruly tomatoes and oregano...

Before: unruly tomatoes and oregano…

...after, an eggplant claims centre stage with a silverbeet circle.

…after, an eggplant claims centre stage with a silverbeet circle.

Bed number 4:

Before: not much going on here...

Before: not much going on here…

...after: Tuscan kale, suitable for hipster and yummy mummu green shakes. Oh yeah, we know our demographic!

…after: Tuscan kale, suitable for hipsters and yummy mummy green shakes. Oh yeah, we know our demographic!

TOP HARVESTING TIP: You don’t have to pick a whole plant. Just take a few leaves from the kale, lettuce and herbs and they just keep growing and giving to the next person.

In other news, a drift around the garden always takes me back to the people who have helped. This month’s contributor shout out goes to Pip, who grew this chili plant from seed and which has been in the garden for the last couple of years and is still going strong. Nice one Pip!

Pip, your chili plant is still going strong (and hot hot hot!)

Pip, your chili plant is still going strong (and hot hot hot!)

It was a lovely morning and so great to see some old faces as well as new. A particular shout out to Bridget, Lance and Nikki for their invaluable support!

Last, but not least. I’d love to share a piccie of our brand new tap. Our lobbying worked like a treat last month and now we can water with ease. Isn’t it brassy and shiny!

Beautiful, brassy and shiny. I love our new tap

Beautiful, brassy and shiny. I love our new tap

Next working bee SUNDAY 19 APRIL, 10am. Put the date in your diary and see you then!

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