Renewed vigor marks this working bee – plus a call for help

Hello and happy new year!

Sarah and I have found ourselves wondering recently how to adjust to our very time consuming roles of wardens of the garden (our first baby) and our (more demanding) real babies (of which we now have three between us) and together we have come up with a number of key solutions to the problems we face going into 2015:

1: Permanent water access: For this I’m going to ask for your help…water access is still a major problem as the tap needs a tap key and the key we have bought from Bunnings doesn’t work. We can borrow Annie’s but this isn’t really practical. Water is essential for our garden so I’ve been lobbying Colleen (from Waverley Council) for a long term solution. She has been lobbying the council’s plumber but although he has promised to fix it, he has proved elusive so far. Even if you don’t regularly use the garden, please help us get our water supply back by going to Waverley Council’s Make a Request page and ask in the strongest possible terms about fixing our water problem. Thanks in advance!!!

2: Get rid of one of the compost bins and stop members of the public using the other: Unfortunately we have found managing two compost bins too much to manage so this month we have emptied and freecycled one of the compost bins on. We have learned that opening the compost to everyone means people don’t compost the right things (think chicken carcasses, whole coconut shells etc) so we spend way too much time wading through rancid rottenness during the precious time of our working bee. Sorry public but if you’re in the Eastern Suburbs and want to learn how to compost properly and want your own compost bin or worm farm check out the compost revolution. If you’re a member of the garden’s group however you are welcome to still use the bins. Just remember, only veggie scraps and things like cardboard and straw are what we need!

Emptied, washed and freecycled!

Emptied, washed and freecycled!

3. Ask for help: This month Sarah and I met with Colleen from Waverley Council who has promised some help. Our wonderful friend Annie, who for the past three and a half years has allowed us to use her porch as our storage shed, has sold her house and is moving on (although hopefully staying in the area) so we needed a new storage solution. The wonderful Colleen has promised to buy us a new shed/storage solution which we can keep onsite at the garden. We’ll fit it with a combination lock so gardeners can access everything all the time. This is fantastic news. Thanks Colleen, you are a star!

4. Workshops: We also met with a local gardening educator about running quarterly workshops at the garden so we can all brush up on some skills. Council has promised to fund this but the person we have in mind has quite a few commitments on the weekends we have in mind, so if you know of any other garden educators who would like to run workshops at our garden (on the third Sunday of the month, four times a year) please get in touch via our Facebook page.

5. Keeping people coming: We want to urge YOU in the loveliest possible way to come along and help us during a working bee or two this year. It’s easy to remember our dig days – the third Sunday of every month and we’ll always send a Facebook invite as well. We can’t wait to see you.

That’s all the news for now so happy gardening and we hope to see you next month. As Sarah and I are away on the third Sunday of next month the next date for your diary is March 22nd at 10am.

Ta ta for now xx

Our garden is bloomin' great!

Our garden is bloomin’ great!




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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