Monthly Archives: September 2017

September working bee

Our first Spring working bee dawned cold and very wet especially as some of our gardeners decided to make a very early start, then again it’s never too early to go to a working bee. However,  the rain abated and the cold was tempered by our trusty fire masters – Pete, Malachy and Murphy.

The jobs completed included:

  • emptying of one of the compost bays and rescuing the beautiful compost that the rats must have hauled out and munched through on the outside perimeter (they did a great job of it!!)
  • weeding and composting of the raspberries on the south side of the gardens (behind the Tree Project potting shed)
  • clearing of a plot on the north side ready for planting
  • a sortin’ and a  sweepin’ and a tidyin’ of the ‘tool shed’
  • weeding and clearing of the outside south perimeter
  • weeding of the north perimeter to halt the creep of the weeds
  • bracing of the wicking bed that seems to have split its sides
  • planting of peas and lettuce into the communal wicking beds

Whew, we did all this in about 2 hours, it was a fantastic effort.  Then it was time for the AGM and … morning tea. It was great to see so many people at the working bee, talking, working, playing, laughing, having fun and eating  a delicious morning tea – some of  the reasons why we community garden!

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CH James Cafe Sustainability Embraces Fairfield Community Garden

Annette and Ken recently responded to a call out by Fairfield cafe CH James for an article on where their kitchen waste and coffee grounds are going.

Annette and Ken have been co-coordinating and collecting the kitchen/coffee waste from CH James for over two years, every Monday, to help with our composting processes. Ngaire and Jeff have also been bringing egg cartons from another another cafe to assist with the oxygenation and carbon ingredients needed in the process.

You can read the full article that Annette and Ken wrote here:

http://www.chjames.com.au/media-articles/74-ch-james-cafe-sustainability-embraces-fairfield-community-garden

A feel good story for all gardeners to share!

August Working Bee

After a very rainy night and early morning hail some very optimistic gardeners gathered for the last winter working bee for this year.  A lot got done, despite several showers when we ran for cover and huddled in the shed.  Soil was transferred from beds being claimed by the NEPA works, soil level in some beds was built up and trays of seeds were planted.   I am pleased to see that our seeds have already germinated thanks to our dedicated waterers:)

Our watering roster is now in place and will be especially important as the weather warms up. We need 2 more volunteers to water on Fridays and Saturdays so please let me know if you’re able to help out here. Our waterers are as follows:
Mon – Ken
Tue – Kyllie
Wed – Louise
Thu – Alan
Fri – volunteer needed please
Sat – volunteer needed please
Sun -Kay

Remember the September working bee will also be the AGM.
Happy gardening,
Rose & Kyllie

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