Poly wrangling and wrestling, etc.

Thanks to Sarah and Julia for today and to them both again, plus Andrew, Robin, Dawn for last Sunday. We now have one lot of netting/shade structures done for the apple trees along Bob’s fence line, another row started along the western, Layard St end, and some new compost bays.

We plan to do a bit more on the structures next Sunday 13th September at 10am for a couple of hours if you can join us, now we’ve worked out a system, of sorts. Enjoying seeing the soil profile as we (they!) dig extra holes (but thanks Geoff) with crowbar and trench shovel – such an improvement in structure and organic content over the last five years.

The other pressing issue is water – or lack of it. We need to get our garlic watering roster going again, especially if we don’t get more rain in the next couple of days. (PS. It’s just started raining!) The garden’s communal plots and the fruit trees that are not directly connected to irrigation will also need watering on a regular/rostered basis as well. The chart in the igloo seemed to work in previous dry spells. Hint!?

As a part of the Local Lives Global Matters conference being held in Castlemaine next month, there’ll be a visit to Newstead on Saturday 17 October – first to Frances Cincotta at Newstead Natives at 1pm, followed by the garden from 2.15 – 3pm. If anyone is available to join us/help host/be available for chatting with conference people, please let Mary or I know. Looks like an interesting event.

It’s grass growing time, enjoy (and remember) it …. the grass is growing at a rapid rate – mowing and/or whipper snipping is always welcome this time of year – now we have more compost bays we can also utilise the valuable greens!

And if you haven’t visited the Newstead Railway Arts Hub Opening Exhibition, there’s still another weekend to do so. Around 200 people came to the launch at the station, so it’s obviously worth crossing the river for.

And it’s just stopped raining!

OPening of the Newstead Arts Hub, a Victrack Community Vacant Use Program project - $430.000 spent to refurbish and restore the station ahead of community use and ownership

Opening of the Newstead Arts Hub, a Victrack Community Vacant Use Program project – $430,000 spent to refurbish and restore the station ahead of community use and ownership

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