Digger meets Digger

Lyn Grocke welcomed Diggers CEO Tim Sansom and his wife Kylie and their daughters Charlie and  Ginger to the Newstead Community Garden on Sunday

Lyn Grocke welcomed Diggers CEO Tim Sansom and his wife Kylie and their daughters Charlie and Ginger to the Newstead Community Garden on Sunday. Photo: Gen Barlow

Diggers Club CEO Tim Sansom and his family were amongst the visitors to our garden this week, as part of the Castlemaine Festival of Gardens (1-9 November).

Over the four days our garden has been open, we’ve had about 150 people wandering through. Not bad, considering the wild weather on the first weekend. But then again, gardeners are hardy folk. We’ve enjoyed chatting to keen gardeners and sharing our joy of the garden and it’s been good to share some time with fellow garden members as we do a ‘shift’.

There has been plenty of interest in our biodynamic practices and many comments on the productivity and  lushness of the garden. The diversity of plants and flowers and the mix of communal and individual plots – no straight line demarkation – has also been commented on favorably. It’s good to see the garden anew, or at least through new eyes.

Thanks to all who’ve visited and helped fill our fundraising coffers thus far (out of every $5 entry fee – kids are free – $4 goes back into the community garden). Thanks also to Frances Cincotta from Newstead Natives whose plant sales have been an added attraction to visitors – gardeners always seem to be able find another small space, just to pop in a plant or two!!

We are open again over the final weekend, 8-9 November, from 10 til 5. Drop in and visit us,  you might even go home with a bag of broadies …


3 thoughts on “Digger meets Digger

  1. Genevieve Barlow says:

    It was great to meet the Sansoms and Tim’s father Pete would also happily run a wicking bed workshop for us, so perhaps next year ….

    • janet barker says:

      Sounds great; several locals from castlemaine and closer asked about wicking beds and whether we had them. My response was that our soil is so good and we have good water supply so that it’s not so critical – at the moment – but it would be good to see how one compares to in-ground and the existing raised beds…

      • saide of sandon says:

        I agree that a wicking bed would make a useful comparison with those garden-bed types we already sow. Could prove very beneficial for the future of the garden in the long-term.

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