A small band of members gathered at FCG for our traditional pre-Christmas working bee on December 17.
It was a lovely evening and ideal gardening weather.
Jeff and John disappeared up ladders with a variety of instruments, in an attempt to repair the wind sail which has stretched, creating a small lake every time it rains.
Unfortunately, their best endeavours came to nought – Jeff will be contacting some specialist help to get quotes to fix the wind sail professionally – quotes to be provided to committee for review.
Jeff and John then emptied the middle worm bath to check the drainage – a blockage was identified which will be removed by Jeff before we recommence the placement of vegetable scraps in the bath.
Anna, Louise and Ruby did sterling work removing half the compost from Bin A and spreading it around various communal and other areas in the garden.
Ngaire did some further weeding around the communal beds – we attempted to weed the area under the wind sail, but it is packed down hard and impossible to do by hand – Eco Oil called for.
Kay dropped in to say hello and we were also delighted to welcome Pete and delicious chocolate cake as well as De Grebner, manager of Tree Project.
A pleasant and relaxing supper was enjoyed by all to end a somewhat turbulent year for FCG in a spirit of conviviality.
It wasn’t a promising start to the November working bee, as a rainy and grey morning greeted us. However the showers cleared and the rain seemed to give our gardeners a burst of energy. Our small group was very productive, achieving lots of tasks and working together as a dynamic team.
Four hazelnut trees were successfully transplanted, finding a new home along the north fence. The recent rain and warm weather had meant that some areas of the garden were rather overgrown, so lots of good weeding and whipper-snippering helped. We planted out the new communal vegie bed, and even found some space behind the hot house that was perfect for planting pumpkins.
Kay and Peter gave us an excellent walk around the garden, pointing out some of the changes that have taken place across the site. This includes a number of impressive new garden beds, which gardeners will make excellent use of.
We hope to see everyone for our twilight working bee and Christmas party, 6pm on Sunday 17 December.
Kate and Gill
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!
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:
A feel good story for all gardeners to share!
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
Remember the September working bee will also be the AGM.
Rose & Kyllie