Best wishes for the Festive Season ….. and if you’re January planting….

Happy Christmas and New Year, may 2012 be productive, tasty and bountiful.

For those in the garden over the holiday period, January gardening notes are now posted.  It’s been a lovely start to the summer growing season; not overly hot and rain at most opportune times. Hopefully this means a long harvest.

We’ve harvested our garlic – not a bad crop – and will have a stall at the ‘Newstead Live’ music festival (26 – 29th January) to sell it. Profits from its sale will go towards our annual water bill and we’re hopeful that out-of -towners (and musos) will drop by, have a wander through our garden and buy some lovely garlic for cooking up a camping storm. We’ll be set up near the Anglican Church in Panmure St, which will also be the venue for several performances (lovely acoustics).

A gathering of all garden plotholder and digger members – likely to be February, but stay tuned – will plan 2012 tasks and garden workshops/working bees. A chance for new members to become acquainted with our operations and other members and for us to share the load of running our garden. We want to avoid committees and officebearers and formal structures (and paperwork) so it’s important that as the garden grows and more members join us that we spread the responsbilities and management of this special space. And thanks to Julie P for organising the summer watering roster and storing our garlic out of  weather’s way.

In the new year we will also welcome the installation of several of our art project pieces and look forward to getting the pizza oven in place and operating. And Penny Woodward’s workshop, 18 March.

Have a happy and healthy break and enjoy a relaxed time in the garden.

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