Sunday, August 13, 2017

A Plethora of Seeds

I wrote to 8 seed companies recently on behalf of the Community Garden, and low and behold last Friday week received a box full from the Greenpatch Seed Company. Lettuce, Corn, Cucumbers, Luffa, Gourds, Tomatoes, Celery, Beans, Zucchini, to name a few, and some very different varieties to what I am used to and mostly more than one pack, in some cases 4, 5 and 6. Interestingly 2 packets of the Atlantic Giant Pumpkin that keen growers use for the biggest pumpkin in shows, the one you need a truck for.

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One Giant Pumpkin.

I was just getting used to all  these  70 packs in all, when 2 days later another box full arrived from Mr. Fothergills this time. More different varieties and some new ones like Beetroot, Basil, Coriander, Chives, Cumin, Cabbage, about another 70 packs. Again more than one packet of the same seed. I am very grateful to these two companies for helping this community out.

Seed Company Donations.

Today was my Garden day, and I had sent a note out to everyone to come and plant seeds, now that we had heaps. No water mind you, unless we take it, but heaps of seeds. Slow and steady, is how we are, but I do wish the water came first before anything else.

Looks Promising

 Two of my dear friends up from Melbourne also helped, both  to make 3  new climbing frames and finish off our last wooden bed and plant seeds along with my sister, a member, and 2 other members. In all we had 12 today, so having been the first Sunday of our new day instead of Saturday a good turnout.

The Last Wooden Bed to be Built. John, my friend Graeme at back , and member Javan.

John is very glad to have this part of the beds finished as he was building them with the members help.

Members Rented Allotments 20 in all.

2 Corners, 2 Middle, and  2 Corner Beds,  Either Side of the Path, dividing quadrants.

Left hand side of the above garden is the Community Part. The right had side will have the Pavilion. Eventually a table will fit in the space left in the Corner Beds. In the distance on the LHS you can see the  3 double width climbing frames.

LHS Back  had 3 x Single Width Climbing Frames

We built today 3 single width climbing frames for Madagascar beans, Luffas and Miniature Gourds. These are a bit more permanent and their shade will go into the area for trees and seating behind the double climbing frames.

Climbing Frames and Beds.

Another tiring day, but as a special occasion for my friends who will sadly be leaving tomorrow Roast Lamb tonight. Yay!!!!

Till next time.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Fundraising at the Markets

Well another cold early morning start today, to go to a local market by the river, fundraising for the community garden. We set off at 7am after an hour and half of breakfast,  packing morning tea and lunch, a thermos, raffle tickets, change and crocheting in case it was slow. The night before we had tables, books, chairs, a donated market tent all in the ute ready.

Not bad for bits and pieces Raffle.

 I made up a raffle from new  bits and pieces around the house relating to a garden, and collected books that I was going to give to the op shop.

Our small tent all ready for the day.

Beautiful setting by the river.

Looking back to the Market

We had been invited to attend by a clothing exchange group who donated the takings of the day to us. They made $190 and the raffle took $65 and the books at $2ea made $30. A lovely day as the weather was perfect.

Katrina the organizer and the lovely young Sammy who washed coffee cups and donated $40 to us

 The band playing near us was also great, gentle flute music with 2 guitar players and they all sang. Glad it wasn't a rock and roll band.

 John had to leave at 12.00 to attend our monthly meeting and being the year anniversary of the licence to start after 2 years of paper work with the council. They celebrated with a cake ceremony.

Jan and John as he was leaving for the meeting.

 Jan my sister replaced him. I had to give him my report to read which went over quite well and got some money to finish off a few climbing frames and pay for delivery of some free mulch.

Beautiful daffodils selling at one of the stalls. So cheery and colourful.

View of Market from our tent. Three food stalls lined up to our left was very tempting.

Thought these towers would be great for Balconies.

Interesting Power Hookup.

Mini Book Stall

So one very tired Blogger ready to stop for the night.

Till next time.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Free Garden Planner

Well an other busy week has gone by in this neck of the woods. I was surprised to see our Azaleas out this week as I remember when being a wedding co-ordinator with a local Golf Club and where hundreds of Azaleas bloomed in the first 2 weeks of September, the most popular days of the year for booking early. July just seems a tad to early.

The daffodils are well on there way now and so bright and cheerful in the garden, as the odd one is scattered here and there, along with jonquils.

That triggered me to start looking at some more seeds to plant, plus the weather has been lovely and warm during the day, although cold at night. The soil is heating up nicely.

My wet seed table

Problem is there is just no more room on the seed table, so out will come the meat trays and I keep just a little water in the bottom. This eliminates having too check daily and the soil keeps moist for the seedlings to grow.

Years ago I made a tiny booklet using A4 paper, for what to plant indoors, direct and transplant in seedlings. Specifically for this area of sub tropical. Went through the Gardenate website and jotted it all down. I have been handing this out to the new growers at our community Garden so I thought I would put it on  here for those interested in making one.

Mini Year Long Garden Planner

Complete Book ready for stapling

Print it to A4 pages odd on first side the evens on reverse side. Cut in half and then fold in half. Sew together or staple.

Printed pages -  double sided

Cut and Read to put together.

I hope you enjoy using one of these. Keeping them every year with notes also helps you plan.

Till Next time.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Demolition of a Garden

Last Monday we pulled apart a prize winning fruit and veg. garden as the new owners only wanted 2 or 3 beds. It was definitely my dream garden, 10 large beds 6 of them caged, at least a dozen fruit trees.

Overgrown and unloved but such a perfect garden.

 The citrus trees were loaded and we took 2 buckets full of limes lemons and oranges for the members.

Lemons in front

Four of us took most of the day to load the trailer with all the wood and wire, and we still have to go back to finish it off. Gained lots of plants though, for the community garden, rhubarb, lemon grass,
princess lilies, an unknown bulb but suspect it another lily, bunching onions, oregano, strawberries.

Boards removed

 The soil is going to be bulldozed flat for lawn. Still two more beds to do, and leaving just the back ones. The plastic "glasshouse" has two beds either side and the owners are pulling that down as well.

Load of wood ready to take back.

Tuesday  was our normal Garden day and now we are changing to a Saturday, so those with keys open the gates on different days. 7 Beds are now rented so come spring the members will need more time. We went yesterday our first Saturday but it drizzled off an on and only 2 members popped in. We managed to fill a bed with herbs and put up a bean trellis.

In my own garden I have potted up new seedlings, mostly flowers, and planted some madagascar beans in t/rolls for the garden bean trellis.

The glass house is getting hot now and at some time will have to consider when to put the shade cloth on. It has been quite cold here recently and  last night it hit 4.7C  degrees and the apparent temperature 2.9C so a cold spell like this, still shows me to wait a bit.Love having the fire on though, but have to get a new supply of wood, this coming week.

Hope your week has gone well.

Till next time.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Checking Out Front Garden

Last year a red mustard plant grew out the back and this year one came up just at the entrance, at least I think its a mustard. The colour is wonderful so I took a photo to show you. We gets lots of comments as it looks magnificent, and roughly a metre across.

Red Mustard Plant

While out there, I decided to show the rest of the front garden.The snow peas are well on their way I planted last week, and the pink flowers of the purple peas look great, bit like a sweet pea in flower if you didn't know better.

Purple Podded Peas

The  planting of lots of bulbs, ranunculas, daffodils, babiana,  triteleia, freesias and muscari and created a flower garden with them, are growing well.

The Flower Garden

The row of garlic and perpetual leeks look healthy, and I am really pleased about the garlic, I hope that we get decent size bulbs with it. 

Garlic in Front Half

 Parsnips and tomatoes in the corner.

Parsnips have so Lush Green Leaves

 Carrots in different stages in the raised bed.

Carrot Bed

The glasshouse has a plethora of plants on the wet bed and I really need to start sorting them out, meanwhile the seeds in there are also growing well and I need to transplant them into some larger seedling trays.

The Glasshouse Wet Table
New Seedlings

Unfortunately  we  have been spending way  too much time with the Community Garden and I am getting behind.
The funding is sadly going slowly, I  have lowered the amount needed to $20,000 and our new aim for 1000 people to contribute $20 is now down to 880 needed, so it is progress. 75 days to go.

Till next time, stay safe.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

I Have Had a Birthday

What an interesting date 7/7/17 was and a special one for me being my birthday. Not only that my Brother and Sister in law were here from Melbourne by coincidence, to celebrate as well, our eldest daughter was up on holiday, and our local eldest son, who happened to be home alone as couldn't get a week off while the rest of the family enjoyed a holiday on the Gold Coast, also helped celebrate at a lovely local Indian restaurant. It was a really cold night, so lucky we had spicy meals. The biggest surprise was dinner and show present given for Wicked in London, our next holiday we are taking with the eldest daughter, from all the children. Don't you love family.

Great Present

This was all followed by dessert and coffee at the RSL and putting $10 through the poker machine. Certainly made my son's night as he won $144.00 while the rest of us were watching the final throws of the machine, which of course made the other patrons curious to come and see, then gave up in disgust that it wasn't "A Big Winning". For this family though it was both fascinating to watch and a great prize to get.

Part of my family

The previous day was spent with my mother, who didn't recognize my brother at all. We had lunch,
7 of us at Anchors Restaurant, the one we take mum regularly too on the river.

Lovely Water Views from Inside.

 It was fun but mum is now getting to the stage we find it hard to take her out. Difficulty trying to get in the car, and for some reason always head first, you don't realise how it is when maneuvering arms and legs to sit down, until you have to show an adult which bit goes in first and turning slightly to sit down, 10 minutes of struggling  with dementia and old bones, that cannot quite get the concept. Try hopping in your car slowly next time and recognizing your movements? Try going in head first also and you will get the picture.

Love being on the Water

John and I did another interview with the local community radio for the garden funding. It is pretty slow, which is a sad reflection on 70,000 locals. I am trying now to get 1000 people to donate $20 we can then get the basic pavilion up and actually start to hold all sorts of things, as we will have a place to go.

Our local Community Radio

The weather has been glorious this week, and between everything have done some more weeding, potted up seeds mostly flowers, and put them in the glasshouse. I ordered potatoes for  next months planting. Included also treelings as only $3- 5, maples, trees with flowers or colour. Only 5 but I am going to pot them on and when big enough plant at the Community Garden. Certainly couldn't fit another tree here. I need to take cuttings of herbs also for the Community Garden. Last Tuesday we had built some donated metal beds, so in these will go the herbs and strawberries.

Front is Quadrant for Pavilion and Back for the Community Share Gardens 

One thing with all this advertising is we now have 10 new members and rented out 7 beds. 14 members turned up which was a surprise as it is usually John and I every Tuesday, so madly had to find things for them to do. Can't keep it up though there is just so much without money to buy, for example, fruit trees, bricks, wood. I don't want the area madly dug up as then it has to be weeded, so much easier to keep it as lawn at the moment. We still have 4x3m x .75cm L shape beds to put in and 2 3mx1.5m beds as well. in the above quadrants. So still a little bit of work. The back is also where I will plant trees for shade and seating.

So this was my week.

 Till Next Time

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Digging for Health and Happiness

Well it has now started officially our crowdfunding campaign. What a week. Interviews with the local paper and we got on the front page. Article in the Advocate

Interviews with the ABC and another photo for their facebook site, and booked in for 2AirFM next week, a local community radio in their gardening section.

Collection Tin

A huge day yesterday at the Sawtell Chilli Festival, talked our heads off and a little hoarse today. So tired last night. Collected $95 in loose change from the people in the street.

Window We Stood in Front of All Day

Then the normal monthly meeting at the grounds, which is the first time there, after having them in a hallway in a hall. 22 people turned up, with 6 new members and 4 garden beds rented. So a good start. Now hoping the campaign will take off as a little slow, and everything rides on getting  a pavilion.
I was a little worried all week, as we have had a bit of rain but the day turned out lovely.
With all the printing of handouts, blowing up balloons, and gathering everything it is a wonder I had anytime to myself. There is a donation emblem now thanks to our youngest daughter if you would like to help us.

Only took 2 weeks for this to happen

 It  was just wonderful to go out to the garden,when I found a spare minute, and plant the new peas I had been growing in the pots, .

New Snow Peas Planted

Finally planted the last rose as well a Peace climbing one.

Planted in the Corner of Front Fence.

Cleaned up a few areas.

Flower and bulb bed.

Rescued my metal bird under all the foliage, and found some more sweet potato hidden, It is what you get with a rambling vine, never know where it sets roots.

The Metal Bird

The end of the week and I am quite tired. Early night again, the weather has turned quite cold as well so enjoying sitting by the fire.

This week Photobucket which I use to upload quite a few photos from my tablet in organized files, so I can work on the PC easier have decided to ban 3rd party hosting which means any uploaded to this blog. A lot of bloggers are very angry, as  up to 14 years of photos have been banned without any warning, so excuse any non photos as I go through them and replace them all. Not going to pay the $400 to un-ban them.  Not an easy task after only two years.

Till next time