‘Twas a small group that made it to the last working bee of our garden year. Our number may have been small but our hearts were big.
We planted, pruned, paid attention to the rampant mint and over morning tea we pontificated. In fact we pontificated for a very long time – thanks to the sterling effort of Karen who arranged our firewood which came all the way from Dookie.
We had warm toes, full bellies and smoke in our eyes. We enjoyed the chat around the fire so much that a decision was made to have it as a regular feature of our winter working bees (June, July and August) – so keep an eye out for some wood for our July working bee.
Julia has a chilli plant that she would like to get rid of. If anyone would like it please help yourself. Her plot is right in front of the green shed.
Stay warm and see you at the July working bee (Sunday 30th July)
A small but effective group gathered at the garden on 28 May after a night of rain. Happily, the rain held off and we worked in mostly blue skies for the morning. All jobs had a ‘getting ready for big changes’ focus:
- Pruning the crepe myrtles in the middle of the east west pathway to enable machinery to traverse this path in the future.
- A major renovation job on the hazelnut canes growing on the same path and some very sturdy framework erected for training the lateral canes into their new espaliered shape.
- More pruning to make way for new paths that will be constructed at the entrance to make the garden more accessible to and from Interact.
- Digging out of many of the fruit trees in preparation for their new homes.
All present appreciated the update on the timeline and scope of works for the ongoing level crossing removal program.
We managed to be packed up after a warming morning tea before the afternoon rains returned – well done everyone.
Kathy, Ken and Annette
Fairfield Community Garden’s next working bee will be held on:
Sunday 28 May, 9am-12noon
Kathy, Ken and Annette are organising the May working bee and look forward to another grand morning together. The plan (below) for the morning is as follows – a bit different in format but still entailing a bit of physical work and a splendid, shared morning tea.
* Around 10am will plan to have a walk around and chat about the revised timeline and plans for the garden in light of the Level Crossing Removal works
* Clean up and preparation of the two main east-west paths and other areas where landscape toppings are to be laid
* Trimming back shrubs/trees in preparation for works
* Helping one another organise items to be variously sent to the offset area for storage, thrown out, or boxed up for relocation to other plots.
* Working out a clear and simple way (labeling included) for contractors to identify items to be taken to the offset area
* Assisting members who may wish to remove trees they are taking on the day, and working out strategies for non-members to provide assistance to collect their trees.
* Morning tea
Hope to see you all there!
It was a little overcast but fine April day for our fourth working bee of the year.
We created a new garden bed near the shed, with some heavy lifting of rocks from the Western end of the garden, and by transporting some excellent soil.
General weeding and mulching made a big difference with cleaning up the main paths.
Most excitingly we had a bumper harvest, with potatoes and lots of Jerusalem artichokes from the communal beds. Lots of soups, bakes and roasts are on the agenda for most gardeners!
Thanks to the organisers Maggies, Alan, Mathilde and John, as well as to Anna for the photographs.
Mathilde also shared the recipe for the delicious date scones that she brought to the working bee. Enjoy!
We harvested a bumper crop of Jerusalem artichokes at the working bee on Sunday. Here are a few soup recipes that some of the gardeners have shared, to help us make the most of our harvest!
JERUSALEM ARTICHOKE SOUP (C Gowdie)
JERUSALEM ARTICHOKE SOUP (Stephanie Alexander)
Kay has provided this extremely handy guide to transplanting fruit trees. It is sure to be very useful to any gardeners who are adopting some of our trees that need new homes:
Fruit tree transplanting guide
And thanks to Anna for providing the photos!