We love the mens’ shed

_DSC0109And thanks to them again, and for a constructive project this time. We now have 80 cut and drilled lengths of large poly (plus a tour of the shed and much discussion) ready to install in the holes that Geoff and co dug on our working bee weekend.

Getting ready for the heat and birds. Though we love the  birds, just not them eating the lovely fruit (and we have planted – and will plant more – other things for them to enjoy, alone). It’s the same at the garlic crop, where the cockies enjoy wanton destruction, so that’s been poly-piped and netted as well.

So, to finish the job. Sunday 1-4pm at the garden, bring a good drill and/or fencing wire (size 8, says Ray from the Shed).

And not to forget the Newstead Railway Station Arts Hub Opening the day before, Saturday 3-5pm – it’s assured to be a big Newstead Event.

Spring into Spring – Sunday Working Bee

I know it’s not officially Spring yet, but there’s some sort of Spring happening – the sky is lightening, the wattles flowering, and it’s windy & showery & sunny – and even colder!

This is the idea for our structures, only the poly will be fixed into the ground, inside another length of poly ...

This is the idea for our structures, only the poly will be fixed into the ground, inside another length of poly …

To prepare for Summer (!) we’re having a working bee this Sunday August 16 from 3-5pm followed by pizzas. The main task is to get some structures ready for the fruit trees and berries so we can easily net – and also shadecloth – them for when things get hungry, and heated. This will involve digging some holes, obviously best done when the soil is relatively moist and soft.

The plan is to bury some large rural polypipe in the ground with a pre-drilled hole at the upper end. Then we can slide the smaller diameter rural poly (also with a hole) into the larger one, line up the predrilled holes, put a pin or cable tie through them and there we have it … protection, hopefully.

Clear as mud? Come along, dig a few holes, and see if it works!

August gardening

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The garden isn’t looking so august at present, but after our get together on 26th, the rhubarb, asparagus, herbs and blueberries will hopefully produce awe-inspiring results!

The August notes are now posted and there’s a bit of a basic explanation of how and why the planting notes guide specific cultivation and planting activities for particular plants. Read more here. This month is a rush to complete those winter jobs that you didn’t get to, because, well, it was just too cold and dank to get out in the garden… Thinking ahead to spring as well, towards the end of this month, I’ll be starting some spring seeds, with fingers crossed.

Too late to alert you to the Produce Exchange, held last Saturday but not too late to get active in the garden… and there’s a second moon opposite saturn this month as well. Enjoy the august garden.



All Aboard …

Newstead Arts Opening Flier

After almost three years, we have a newly restored railway station and a focal space for the local creative community. Sunday 29th August is the date for the opening. Come along and see the transformation, and exhibition. RSVP to Sarah on 0419 322 681.

Also there are still places available for the Backyard Bounty Food Growing Course, run by Growing Abundance and the Maldon neighborhood House. I’ll be running a session on BD compost building, as well as one on the basics of planting according to the BD calendar, including crop rotation.

BB Poster

26th July Garden Gathering

Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to talk about plantings and activities once the weather warms and the days are long enough to find time to spend in the garden. We have changed the date of our winter get together to Sunday 26 July, 3-5pm. The previous date clashes with Newstead Rocket Science at Welshmans’ Reef Vineyard (Sunday 19th at 3.30pm) when Terry White will be talking about local climate reality, a topic of interest to many gardeners, and gardens.

So see you on Sunday 26th for a bit of gardening beforehand and then from 3pm for pizzas, conversation and planning for the warmer months. Imagine that. Warmth.

Also, thanks to the Newstead RTC we took delivery of a huge trailerload of green material, just starting to go a bit sloppy, but perfect for another, smaller, bd compost ….

… and also thanks to the Newstead Mens’ Shed for helping us with the first stage of the mosaic bench renovation/repair/refurbishment (another topic of conversation for July 26th). Frosts had undermined many of the ceramic tiles, making  the surfaces unsafe and dangerous. The shed blokes enjoyed a bit of wrecking, rather than building, and did it better than Whelan!