Sunday, September 27, 2015

OPEN DAY and Spring

It was a perfect Spring day today and our gardens looked incredibly lush and vibrant. The bees were awfully busy too, and were particularly interested in the lavender and borage flowers. While I was there today a little boy came racing along the path beside the gardens and skidded to a halt under the mulberry tree, looking up expectantly. Then he turned to his Mother (following behind) and said with great disappointment , "They're not ripe yet." So clearly we're not the only ones excited by all that potential fruit!
We do need to do a bit of preparation for our OPEN DAY on the 18th October, especially the new extension but it's all looking good. Check out the photos below, including the valiant Trudie's great efforts as the very first planter box in the new extension to actually be planted out!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Graffiti sadness and recovery

We've had some graffiti and vandalism at the gardens lately that has made us all feel a bit sad and angry, so today we had a positive session of cleaning up and repainting. Of course there's a good chance that it'll all be tagged again by tomorrow but here are some images of what we did today in case they come back and destroy it all again tonight. We will keep painting over what they do and see who runs out of paint first. (Any sightings of these guys should be reported to the Northcote Police.)

Hope you like the new lilac table which is in the shed for safe-keeping....also I invented our own pretty daggy tag for NCG on the back of the door- take that!
Also some photos of Ian and Anthony's amazing cauliflowers, broccolis and kohl rabi- growing things is what we all here for after all!

Posted by Rebecca.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Vege boxes!

Another great day on Sunday with more work being done to get our new extension happening.
Our crack team of vege box wranglers (see below) worked hard repairing and lining the bases and positioning the boxes ready for filling with the soil that was delivered by The Green Centre last week.
By the way, that spade did not connect with Alistair's head- not while I was watching anyway!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Meeting on Sunday and Seed Saving

We had a great meeting on Sunday with Christine taking lots of notes and performing the role of Chairperson to keep us all moving. There were a lot of issues discussed so check out the Meetings book in the shed to get up to date with what was decided.
After the meeting Marijka held a Seed Saving workshop and brought along an awesome supply of the seed she has collected. We will be starting a Seed saving Group at the gardens to keep this going- it's a wonderful thing to do, and makes so much sense!
I will put up a permanent link to our Membership rules as well for anyone who may be considering joining the gardens.
Getting much colder, but time for lots of kale, broccoli, leafy greens and peas!
Posted by Rebecca.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Green Centre comes to the rescue!

We have just found out that the wonderful people at The Green Centre have offered to donate their Vege Mix soil to fill our vege boxes in the new extension! Woo hoo! So it'll be all hands on deck to receive and transport the soil to the boxes sometime in the next few weeks. Then of course we'll be able to welcome some new members to take ownership of the boxes.
We have a permanent link to The Green Centre in our links list to the left, so check out their website to find out more about them.

April/May Working Bees

The last couple of working bees have seen plenty of movement on the new extension with some planting of lavender and olives outside the fence and some new taps put in as well. On Sunday I only managed to get a couple of photos before one of our bees decided to hurry me along by stinging me on the eye- needless to say I left a bit early. But before then I was able to catch some of the weeding and cleaning up action, and Chris holding aloft the most beautiful apple from the Pink Lady Apple tree he planted. All reports tell me it was a great day and more plans are afoot to fill the boxes in the new extension.(By the way my eye is fine, but I was a pretty hideous sight there for a while)
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Inside the hive

Here's a few not very good shots taken on my phone of the view through the window into our hive. Ben and I adjusted the hive a wee bit yesterday as it had a bit of a lean on it- it's very important that the hive stay level, so we chocked up one corner- it'd be good if we all kept an eye out for that.

They appear very busy and happy, the dark coloured comb is old brood comb and now that the babies have left the comb they will be starting to fill that up with nectar to make honey. When the comb is filled with honey it will appear to be capped with white. It's a bit difficult to see if the lovely new comb is capped but at least part of it is I think, which means more food for them to survive Winter, and means a head start on honey production in Spring (and maybe some for us to share too!).
We may need to open the hive on a warm sunny day to add some insulation and check on them, and we will need to grow plenty of borage, lavender, rosemary etc to help feed them over Winter.

Posted by Rebecca D.