Horrah, horray, the Garden in the Park is set to GROW!

Excellent News…

We are the proud winners of Waverley Council’s Small Grants Program and have a whacking $3,000 to spend on growing the Garden in the Park. Thanks Waverley Council for recognising the importance of locally grown, delicious produce not to mention the pleasure one gets from regular neighbourly interactions. Not a day goes by when I’m digging or harvesting at the park when someone doesn’t stop for a chat. A couple of Sundays ago, at an impromptu working bee with Sarah and Adam, it was a talking parrot! (I’m not kidding).

So, with $3,000 in our happy little mitts, what are we going to do?

The plan, thus far, is to build another two raised garden beds (in between beds 1&2 and beds 3&4). These will be longer and lower than the ones we’ve already installed but will have the same ‘wicking’ principle as it seems to be working well with the other beds (i.e. they sit on a reservoir which ‘wicks’ water up through the soil to feed the thirsty roots. The reservoir can be watered directly from the surface through a tube).

We haven’t worked out a detailed budget yet, but having some money in the coffers means that as well as the new garden beds we can treat ourselves to some more pricey plants…think of a passionfruit vine meandering its way along the fence and the joy that’ll bring to our future selves! Yum yum yum.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the project since we put the beds in and be great to see more and more of you turning up for working bees in the future and sharing the produce at the regular ‘after bee’ picnic. We have so much fun we’re keen to share it about.

Watch this space for more details of the next big dig…

See you all soon!



About Penny Jones

Penny Jones is a Sydney-based freelance writer and photographer specialising in inspirational writing for leisure and 'plain English' writing for business. She has a particular interest in adventure, conservation, the power of the community and self development as well as a healthy passion for highlighting the extraordinary efforts of ordinary people.
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