This could be a fun weekend project!
Tino shows how to beat the winter blues by building one of the niftiest things to have when gardening in a cool climate: a cold frame. A cold frame is a glas...
We are a communal garden with dedicated and hardworking members who grow, cook, and eat the best organic food together, and who help others to do the same
Five good reasons for joining a community garden What attracts people to form and join a community garden, and what motivates individuals to stay with it and commit their time and energy week in, week out through rain and shine? Talking to new joiners tells us that there are at least five good reasons for a community garden, that every individual comes with their own unique blend of those five ‘motivators’, and (happily) that there is room for all combinations to co-exist and complement each other. For simplicity, we talk of the five ‘p’s: produce, process, people, place, and politics. Produce Community gardens provide easy access to fresh, seasonal, nutritious food that is grown without chemicals, and is ecologically diverse (including local and heirloom varieties that will never be product-ised by industrialised agriculture) and this attracts "green-thumb foodies" who want to produce their food and not just consume it. Process One thing we noticed immediately was that some people who joined the garden had their own veggie patches and fruit trees and so already had access to excellent produce. Why then join a community garden if you have your own garden to tend and harvest? In a word, because the process of communal gardening adds a whole relational dimension which is not available anywhere else. At the heart of this process is a sense of enjoyment of an expansive possibility space: growing more varieties than at home, learning more from others than you could ever learn from books and DVDs, finding new solutions to common problems. One thing you notice immediately is that people tend to be humble and self-effacing about their skills and yet it quickly becomes clear that they know a lot about many aspects of gardening and manage to teach and guide others who are less knowledgeable without fuss and fanfare. They are the natural leaders who go first and everyone learns by doing things with them and alongside them. Such leadership and learning is lost when it is restricted to the home garden. People There are those who actually have much less interest in the produce itself, and the process, than in the people dimension. For them, it is more about the collegiality and conviviality of shared labour in pursuit of common goals. The garden is an occasion for easy friendship, gentle conversation, the joy of sitting together during a spell and looking out at the fruits of their work together. For example, the early indicators are that the garden is a great place for young mums and their preschool kids to meet up and hang out together. Or for grandparents to come with the grandkids. Place ( and space) A community garden is a new kind of space that gives people access to a new and more rewarding sense of place. The garden is a third place, neither home nor work-based, where we come together voluntarily, informally, on egalitarian terms, with others who may initially be “strangers”, and engage in a joint venture which is truly self-organising. In short, the garden is a free and democratic space where people from all walks of life, all ‘demographics’, learn to collaborate and co-create together without bureaucratic organisation and decision making structures being needed. To organise and govern a communal local place and have it be productive of good food in turn opens up possibilities for the place to serve community life in many other ways too. For example, different community groups might come and use the garden as a natural gathering place with access to veggies and herbs and eggs combined and cooked in a wood-fired pizza oven. Or attend local classes on cooking, food preserving, bread making, medicinal herbs and so on. Or perhaps just to enjoy the art and aesthetics of the space itself. Politics Community gardens ‘play’ at the level at which politics can never be a dirty word. At this local and communal level, politics is a natural, and even unconscious, expression of shared values and interests in making the world one lives in a better and more beautiful and more resilient place. As David Suzuki remarked on the practice of permaculture, which underpins many community gardens: “What [they] are doing is the most important activity that any group is doing on the planet. We don't know what details of a truly sustainable future are going to be like, but we need options, we need people experimenting in all kinds of ways and [they] are one of the critical gangs that are doing that." Many people would not associate community gardens with politics, and especially not with radical politics, but it is interesting how ‘alternative’ and disruptive such practices can be of the current global political economy. For example, in a search for 50 new radicals in the UK, five of the fifty came from community garden or food-related projects (see: http://www.guardian.co.uk/theobserver/2012/feb/18/50-new-radicals-britain-nesta). One project, Incredible Edible, in Todmorton in Yorkshire, found radical new ways to put unused public land to productive use in delivering free food ( see: http://www.guardian.co.uk/theobserver/2012/feb/18/50-new-radicals-incredible-edible). We are coming to understand that people come to community gardening with their own personal mix of the five ‘p’s and that no two people are alike, and that diversity of motivation and attraction is a good thing. What we don’t know yet, but suspect to be true, is that when all five ‘p’s are strongly represented and expressed in the community body as a whole, the garden is more likely to be successful and more resilient in the long term. There is something very basic and inherently good about growing your own food: to work and live within the Earth’s cycles is deeply satisfying. Yet many of our deepest longings and best intentions can wither on the vine when we tackle them in isolation. People are now re-discovering the pleasure of food gardening together. A community garden is often seen simply in terms of the production of local fruit and vegetables – an admirable goal in itself in the face of rising fresh food and fuel prices. However much more is grown in the community garden than fresh produce. The richness of our lives it seems depends on what we choose to surround ourselves with – and more of us now understand that an abundance of fresh, healthy food, being engaged in meaningful activities, with a group of people, a sense of place in a strong and resilient community makes us wealthy indeed. The Community Garden is proving to be a real treasure as a place where health, creativity, and hope for a positive sustainable future will flourish. It is a place where people across a wide range of ages can come together on common ground and with common interests, to work, learn, laugh, share skills and the harvest. Tony Coyle and Sandra Menteith, 2012
This could be a fun weekend project!
Tino shows how to beat the winter blues by building one of the niftiest things to have when gardening in a cool climate: a cold frame. A cold frame is a glas...
Virtual inspiration live!
The Virtual Edible Sydney Garden Trail rolls on. Sunday’s garden number 1. Welcome to Katja’s #myurbanediblegarden . It’s a garden of approximately 55m2 in a 310m2 block juggling family, growing, a garage roof and a puppy.
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Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network
1 Million Women
Garden Clubs Of Australia
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Bcg Roma tomato’s are huge producers! Freezer is getting full ready for our passata day!
Just when I thought I had a reasonable strategy to grow my veges I saw this. what an amazing array of healthy vegetables and no weeding :)
😍Amazing! Vegetable Growing on the Wall^^😍
How good is this!!
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You can be one step closer with our environmentally friendly chemical range in store.
Not only do these products use chemicals that won't hurt the environment, you can also reuse the same bottle over and over to reduce plastic waste. All of this while supporting an Aussie owned and operated small business 🇦🇺
Our little community garden had been quite productive despite the fire threats. Check out the screening to protect from the westerlies. Many thanks to our wonderful president!
I read this article and disagreed with none of it. We can do things now!!
Jackie French has a call to action: "Do not forget that when we acted together we achieved miracles. We must not forget."
Hello gardners, I saw this list of fire resistant plants, I think from a MVCG post, then lost it again. I googled and found it. Hope it is useful to you. https://apsvic.org.au/fire-resistant-and-retardant-plants/
These plants have been found to provide some degree of protection during bushfires. The lists were compiled based on the experiences of APSVic members.
One of our Bundanoon Community Gardeners sent this link from the Council's Bush Care team. If you want to look after our wildlife it is a simple clear article.
Sustainable "Foodscaping" in Geneva, Switzerland where communities have worked together, neighbours consult and plan what each will grow so they can share and trade food. Imagine if we all did Foodscaping?
What is Foodscaping? https://www.thedailymeal.com/foodscaping-fancy-word-gardening-or-important-initiative
Russian Family Gardens Produce 40% of Russian Food https://healthimpactnews.com/2014/russian-family-gardens-produce-40-of-russian-food/
How to grow a 3 sisters garden (Traditional Native American approach): http://flusterbuster.com/2013/03/gardens-3-sisters.html
An In-Depth Companion Planting Guide (which seeds to plant together, also information on which plants will keep away certain animals and insects). https://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/companion-planting-guide-zmaz81mjzraw
Natural farming methods (a beginner's guide): https://monterayfarm.com/2018/09/12/natural-farming-methods-a-beginners-guide/
List of companion plants: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_companion_plants
Natural farming (Japanese ecological farming approach):https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_farming
Indigenous Three Sisters "Companion" Gardening Method https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qi5IrIOAOnQ
Related: The Biggest Little Farm (2019) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daB6ync3Ytg
This site has been shared on FB showing the hot spots, may not be updated as quickly as RFS near me for all the info but I like this one for hot spots.
Do not make decisions based solely on this information, provided for information purposes only. Map data: NSW RFS, Geoscience Australia (Digital Earth Australia Hotspots) & NSW SIX Maps (NSW Topo Maps). NSW RFS Bush Fire Info Line - 1800 679 737
This may also be of interest to you all.
NOTICE FOR THE RESIDENTS OF MITTAGONG AND SURROUNDING AREAS
Including the Welby, Alpine, Aylmerton, Braemar, Willow Vale, Balaclava and Mt Gibraltar areas.
A Community Meeting to provide an update on the Green Wattle Creek Fire is scheduled for 7pm, Monday 30th December at the Mittagong RSL.
This meeting will be live streamed on this page for those that can not attend.
For your information
URGENT NOTICE TO THE RESIDENTS OF WINGELLO AND PENROSE WHO LIVE ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF HIGHLAND WAY (PENROSE RD):
The Rural Fire Service is intending to establish a containment line around both villages for a tactical defence against the advance of the Currowan Fire. This will involve the use of heavy machinery.
Officers of the RFS will call at each property that is likely to be affected by this activity to discuss the proposal. If you believe that you own/rent one of the properties that may be included in this activity it would be appreciated if you could register your name and address details by email to [email protected] at the earliest.
If you are aware of a neighbouring property that also may be included and know that the owner may be absent could you please notify them of this message and request that they also email their contact details to the address above.
Will have to find some!
Yes, mistletoe is a parasitic plant, but it brings more benefits than harm in Australia's treetops and it can turn barren cityscapes into biodiversity hubs.
My Productive Backyard
Onion harvest time and a few sunny days are ideal for curing the crop so they can be stored.
#howtostoreonions #onionharvest #howtogrowyourownonions
Water restrictions: How to save your garden
With Level 2 water restrictions now in effect, NSW is facing the harshest water restrictions in a decade. Despite this, Australians want to continue to maintain their gardens as plants don’t only reduce stress and purify the air, they are important during all climate conditions, especially during ...
Happy to do my bit. Let's hope the rain comes sooner rather than later.
Water restrictions will be in force on December 16 for residents of Wingecarribee Shire Council.
Well they do have some good protection too!!!
Very hungry wallabies have decided the potatoes are just right for eating. Thankfully the tomatoes, beans, capsicum and zucchinis aren't to their taste
Scented decorations for free!
ORANGE PEEL CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
Instead of throwing the peels away make ornaments from them.
How to make them:
Peel your orange carefully that you get wide stripes. Cut them with your cookie cutter and make a small hole into them for a string. Dry them on the radiator or put them on a tray with a baking paper and bake them on the lowest temperature which your oven allows. Check them regularly not to burn them.
You can also make a garland from them (swipe for picture)
Do you like this idea?
Please tag people who might be interested and help me to spread the message about reducing waste during this festive season. It is so essential.
LET’S MAKE a POSITIVE DIFFERENCE TOGETHER.
I think I will try this!
Jerry Coleby-Williams shows how to make your own soil wetting agent
I love my ABC and it's great content!
A successful native garden is one where you've looked at your conditions and found plants to suit, not vice versa. Check out these tips before heading to the nursery.
How to drought-proof your garden
Whether you live in a region with tough water restrictions or not, there are ways you can help your garden stay green in dry times.
This is a great idea if you are like us and always forget what we planted where!! Thanks Casey from Little Springs up the road in Wingello!
Start of our garlic harvest! And a cracker morning tea with everyone. #bundanooncommunitygarden #growingtogether #treadinglightly
How good is this!!!!
To fit with our Christmas Australiana window theme at Olinda Collective we created these decorative jars. They are waste free and make a unique Australian centrepiece for the Christmas table. Here is how to DIY:
1. Remove labels from glass jars. Pasta sauce jars seem to work well as they have a curved base and fit the Bottle Brush nicely. The lids are usually Green, red, white or gold-perfect for Christmas!
2. Collect Bottle Brush flowers and cut to length. Maybe a friend or neighbour has them growing in their yard? Please be mindful these flowers provide food for wildlife and just collect a few. Place flower in the jar with top pointing down.
3. Fill the jar on a flat surface with cold tap water as close to top as possible (keep a towel handy). Screw on the lid as tightly as possible. Dry the jar and turn upside down. Water needs to be changed when cloudy. The flowers last really well submerged, around 3-4 weeks. The jar can be decorated with ribbon if you prefer.
Don’t forget to shop local this Christmas. We have 35 plus stalls brimming with gorgeous gift ideas. Feel free to share this post!
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First row of Roma’s put in this arvo, and shade climbing trellis rigged up with bits and pieces found lying around the farm. Nothing like turning trash to treasure!
At our Community gathering today we discussed why some seeds didn't germinate outside. Good advice My Productive Backyard folk.
Seedlings are coming up in the greenhouse and ready to be planted out. At this time of year, with all the hot dry weather we are having, getting seeds to sprout can be challenging as they need to be kept moist constantly. Either start your seeds inside or buy a punnet - don't break your heart over unsprouted seeds.
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How many bees can you id? A fun survey
Please participate!!! ** Native Bee ID Skills Survey ** My survey closes in just 7 days time, and I would really like to try and get another 200 participants. If you have 8 minutes spare, please consider doing the survey. If you have already done it, please consider encouraging others to do so too. Find it here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeeGQVOH24P4bZHnY7lwqrKEt-XYvEZ-g1TG45Kg-KliTb_4A/viewform?fbclid=IwAR2KFf2Z-jLQ4rCjrTuEVE-e0mHXNALT_MzyWArHBskEOkp7vmQK0NoqfaQ The results of this survey will help inform research into creating more inclusive Australian bee identification resources. The survey should take you between 8 and 12 minutes to complete. The survey is open until the 18th of November. A summary of the results will be made available to everyone through various platforms in the weeks/months after the survey closes (including here at BAB FB). Your participation will help us try to collectively improve the native bee literacy of people in Australia. The survey is anonymous. Thanks very much everyone! Please share far and wide. 🙂 Toby
Most nurseries recycle materials such as plastic growing containers, but what happens to any unsaleable plants? Sarah Coles speaks to Donna Grundy about plant rescue and an unusual business model.
Bud harvested the first head of garlic from the small raised bed. Good size and massive cloves!
We had a friend blissfully asleep in the compost heap until Tony began to shift the pile from one bay to the next. He didn't get injured thankfully. Once he worked out where he wanted to go he slithered away steadily.
Started picking the garlic scapes tonight. Frying some in oil and salt now and the house smells amazing! Also did a test harvest of a few of the oriental purple variety. Looking to dry them off and harvest next week hopefully!
Locally grown seedlings are the best!!
Seedlings for sale!
Moss Vale Community Garden
Tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchinis, peas, lettuce...
Cream cake with edible flowers from the garden for today’s Morning tea, after planting out potato’s and carrots and bed prep for corn and beetroot!
What a good thing to be doing at 75. Great looking veges as well.
In 1949, Mike Jubow's father walked out of their family home, leaving Mike's mother struggling to feed their three boys.
70 years later, Mike grows veggies in his backyard and donates them to the Mackay Women's Centre, to help women who may be in the same situation as his mum was. 🥦🥒🌶️
"I thought the least I can do is see if I can put something in [kids'] tummies, make it good clean nutritious food. I thought it was just the right thing to do," he says. 🍅🥬🌽
Bundanoon is hosting the Garden Ramble this weekend. BCG is pleased to support this occasion and members have been happy to provide some plants for sale. This is just a few that we delivered this afternoon. While dropping them off I spied many other plants that looked to good to miss taking home. So I will be up early to go back as a shopper.
First lot of spuds are up!
A bit technical but the message is clear...
It's no secret that organic farmers believe in compost, but just what role compost plays in soil's ability to store carbon - and keep it out of the atmosphere, where it contributes to climate change - has been less clear.
Look how tidy and clean our tools are in their new set up. Thank you to our wonderful president Ken!
A walk into the future, in a British city where housing is sustainable, energy is locally owned, food is abundant, and the work week is just three days long.
'Just don't waste': David Attenborough's heartfelt message to next generation
At launch of BBC nature series Seven Worlds, One Planet, Attenborough says message is finally getting through
AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT - 2 days to go!
Get to know your backyard birds this spring from 21- 27 October with the #AussieBirdCount. All you need is 20 minutes and your favourite outdoor space.
Download our app for a super easy way to count and identify your local birds - more info at bit.ly/AusBirdCount
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