Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Hands-on free pruning workshop with the incredible Ian Clarke — the Percy Grainger of orchardry

Come and learn pruning, organic tree health, pest mitigation and prevention this Saturday June 11. Ian Clarke will also be teaching tool sharpening between 9.30 and 10am at the library garden. All welcome!

Monday, 11 April 2016

April working bee: a time for the autumn rains, seeds to save, bush foods to be planted

Ruby, Meg, Arden, Tia and Jeremy get to work 
The jobs list for the day as written up by Patrick

Greg, the friendly cycle tourer from Tasmania,  joins the bee with a tin whistle

Tim pulls out the brassicas 

Ruby makes room for new plantings

Juanita, Arden and Tia get to know one another  

Meg and Woody harvest purple Congo potatoes (great for gnocchi)

Lorne and Tim cut up the green matter for the compost

Taswegian cycle tourers Dorothy and Greg lend a hand in the garden before riding off to Maldon

Jasper holds the bag open for Patrick harvesting celery seeds, talking with Jeremy

More seed saving action

Arden and Woody munch down on new season apples

Alison and Pete share a moment

The local bush foods garden that was planted on the previous Thursday for the Land Cultures event (link coming)

One of the info plaques Patrick made for the bush foods garden

Sunday, 13 March 2016

The March "Chill Out" bee at Albert Street

A cooler morning for a working bee saw a return of good numbers in the garden.

Arden checks the toms,

and finds a bean to munch.

Chill Out visitors find out about the garden 

Felix and Richard come for a squizz too.

Fe prunes out the dead wood and helps the children gather some yumness.

Ian cuts up prunings while Meg turns compost

Jeremy and Jasper harvest parsnips

The toms finally start ripening.

Patrick prepares pruned nectarine leaves as green waste for the compost.

Lindy, Tia and Meg take it all too seriously.

Lena and Patrick listen to Hepburn Community Radio gardening presenter, Mike Brown.

Woody does some garden biking.

Meg demonstrating happy soil bacteria really exists.

Zero digs for mice in the compost.
Thank you to everyone who came along to the bee, and to everyone who came by to drop off seeds and seedlings to be planted and to be shared in the free food stall out the front. Next month's bee is on Saturday April 9 at the Albert St garden from 10am-12pm. Hope you can make it. xx

Three quiet summer working bees

As we better understand the nature of gardening and producing food it becomes clear that not every summer is as abundant as them all. A very dry year has lowered our enthusiasm a little, but that's OK, nothing in life maintains a steady equilibrium. We embrace change and low ebb times too. 

Here's a selection of pictures taken at the December, January and February working bees.

Group conference with Mr O scratching his head.


Czech friends with Mara

Alexis and DCFG friend weed hunting

Dora and Lindy saving seeds

DCFG friend and Jacinta 

Lena and Stewart

Friend, Ginger and Lindy

Ruby and Ivan keeping it playful

Sarah seed collecting

Thanks for coming everyone. Looking forward to the March 'Chill Out' bee.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

November Bee

It was a crisp but sunny morning for our modest November bee. A garden looking in very good shape greeted bee-ers Lena, Ian, Cameron & Jacinta… we mowed, sowed, weeded and tidied, with sparkling banjo accompaniment from David, to the especial delight of visitors Heather and young Sam. Dora appeared mid-morning with a tray of her wonderful heirloom tomato seedlings, and added these into the substantial mix of planting that Peter and Chris have been doing, along with their much appreciated general garden work, since the last bee. A big thank-you to them, and to Lena also who is continually tending the garden.

We look forward to a good turnout for December… Saturday the 12th… we'll flag it on Facebook… see you all then!

Meanwhile below: the morning in pics… (Cam & Ian were the shutter-pressers).

Lena drew our attention to just how laden with berries the bushes in the back lane are...
they will be ripe for picking in a couple of months