This is the site for our garden, in February 2009, in the pics below. Enjoy the transformation of sheep paddock to the verdant garden above in the following images. More recent galleries can be found via the Gallery tab on the About Us page.
Garden member Anthony Santamaria shares his enthusiasm for biochar in this workshop. See the steps to create the final product, from go to whoa. Find our why ancient cultures lauded this substance and how it can benefit your garden. You can view the slideshow or see a gallery of single images.
The Honorable Alex Chernov AC QC, Governor of Victoria and Mrs Elizabeth Chernov visited our garden as part of a two-day tour to the Shire. They spent time in Castlemaine and Maldon and then Newstead’s volunteer-run Rural Transaction Centre, the Courthouse (home to Newstead & District Historical Society) and Community Garden. The Governer and his … Continue reading Vice-Regal Visit July 2012
International Compost Week has been a successful one in our area with Mount Alexander Shire supporting five well attended events. Ours was a perfect day for compost construction – cold enough that it was imperative to keep shovelling, raking and making – and eating – to stay warm. Thanks to the 30 or so participants … Continue reading May 2012 Compost Making
Chef Charlotte Duckett’s ‘Shared Table’ was a sell-out; 50 diners enjoyed a brilliant Autumn evening, candle-lit garden, long table under the ancient pepper tree and a four course menu featuring the pick of the garden. Our main fundraiser for the year, the dinner helps pay our water bill. Thanks to Georgina Duckett for making it … Continue reading Shared Table Dinner March 2012
About 30 participants attended Penny Woodward’s workshop. Drawing on her lifetime’s experience growing herbs and useful plants, Penny outlined the steps to establishing a garden as a haven of health and harmony, not destruction. A pond in the garden is important. Penny showed us plants, including sage, thyme, oregano, marjoram, chives, aloe vera, savory, feverfew, … Continue reading Penny Woodward Workshop March 2012
We had a wonderful spring day and 39 keen participants from all over central Victoria – and further afield – to hear Simon’s enthusiatic and knowledgeable talk on fruit tree growing. After a slideshow presentation, we had a wander around our good selection of heritage apple, pear, peach, nectarine, quince, persimmon and feijoa trees. Simon … Continue reading Simon Rickard Workshop November 2011
In Spring of 2011 we were involved in Buda Fest – a fundraising celebration for Castlemaine’s Buda heritage house and gardens. This is the presentation we made, based on the growth and development of our community garden. Since then we’ve had plenty of interest from other garden groups and organisations to share our story and … Continue reading Budafest Presentation 2011
Some pics from stirring and applying the bd preparations horn manure (BD500) and manure concentrate (Cow Pat Pit or Barrel Compost). It was applied in the afternoon, on a day when the moon was waning, descending and in a water sign, and a day or so after the moon opposite saturn conjunction. All auspicious! Also … Continue reading Applying Biodynamic preparations May 2011
Here are a few pics from our recent first birthday celebrations.It was a bit wet early, so we adjourned to the church hall to eat and chat before heading out to the garden. We then planted almost 3kg of garlic and shared the harvest of pumpkins and jerusalem artichokes. … Continue reading First Birthday Celebrations May 2011
This past weekend – 19-20 March was a good one for making insect peppers, particularly for flying insects. A pepper is made to ward off insects which are hammering your garden (or have the potential to) without resorting to chemical means. In biodynamics you collect and kill the particular insect (in the appropriate sun/moon phases) and burn them to … Continue reading Making Insect Pepper – March 2011
Here are some recent pics from the garden; much fruiting, flowering and insect activity awaits the garden visitor. For a virtual wander, click on: summer1 summer2 We’d welcome your summer garden contributions as well.
Here’s a pictorial run down of the composting process from our workshop: Click on compost steps If you don’t have the materials to build a full scale compost, another method suggested by Celia is to make a manure ‘tea’ out of cow manure and water and suspend the compost preparations in it.
At the same time that we applyed the biodynamic preparations we also prepared some more garden area for plots. With a wait list of gardeners wanting plots, we will have more beds for Spring/Summer planting. The soil was cultivated and sown with a green manure mix of vetch, lentils (both legumes to improve nitrogen levels) and spelt … Continue reading Sowing Green Manure 6 June, 2010
Regular applications of BD500 improves the soil. Earthworm activity, soil porosity, humus forming bacteria, crumb structure, root penetration and water holding capacity are all increased. The garden should see the benefits in three or four years if we continue to apply BD500 at least once each season. We put out more in June, in the … Continue reading Applying Biodynamic Preparations June 6, 2010