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.



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


Then it’s time for a rest.

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



Thanks Owen and Ian!


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.

DSC01105DSC01097Charlie and our little people were among the crew. Heidi a two year, eight month dynamo and eight month old Fred, plonked in this queer and amazing world exploring all its nooks and crannies.



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.


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

See you next time…


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




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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