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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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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