Visit us in the FOG

Next Saturday is the start of the Castlemaine & District Festival of Gardens and in Newstead we have four gardens involved. Ours, plus Rogers McKindley’s amazing, sculptural, ‘Antares’, Jen and Barry ‘Laceys’ and ‘Serenity’, Chris and Richard Dixon’s secret treasure. All a worth a wander through; perhaps worth a visit to Newstead for the day? The local Historical Society have an exhbition on the the Railway Station Arts Hub, if you tire of looking at greenstuff …

The FOG is our major fundraising effort for the year – $4 of the $5 entry fee will go to the garden’s coffers, to help us to pay for our water bill (a charge we pay annually, regardless of yearly rainfall, and it’s not insignificant) as well as the ongoing costs of running a community garden – mulch, petrol for the mower, maintenance and replacement costs, seeds, rent for the land, insurance, power, etc. And hopefully it might also contribute to some projects we’d love to complete (the pizza oven area pergola), or start (lots of them!) …

Tackling the couch and barley grass along the apple row today, the brilliant idea was raised – why not build a chook enclosure along the apples – save us having to do this!! – plus the usefulness of chooks cleaning up windfalls and codling moth – plus eggs to make our community garden cake. Lets hope we make a mint!

The garden is looking fantastic. And we’ll have plants and seeds, dried and fresh herbs for sale, also cuppas & cakes.

Hope to see you in the garden over the Festival.

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