Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Hamersley Habitat Community Garden Inc will be held at 5pm on Friday 4 August 2017.  Venue – 15A Brabant Way, Hamersley.
Order of Business will be:

  • Confirm Minutes of 2016 AGM.
  • Report by Chairperson/Coordinator
  • Financial Report/statement
  • Election of office holders and Committee.
  • Fees for 2017/18
  • General Business

You are invited to nominate either yourself or another eligible person to a Position on the Committee.  Both the Nominator and the Nominee must sign the nomination form.  Completed forms to be lodged with Chairperson/Coordinator Donelle Wilson no later than 7 days before the AGM (Friday 28 July 2017).  Download an  AGM Nominator form or you can obtain one at the Garden or Chairperson.

The Positions to be filled are: Chairperson/ Coordinator, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Gardener Coordinator, Maintenance Officer, Media/Communications Officer, Catering Officer, Children’s Activities Officer and Committee member/s.

For more information please contact Chairperson/Coordinator Donelle Wilson (Hamersleyhabitat@outlook.com; or 0466 551 700).

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Grant from Department of Local Government and Communities

Hamersley Habitat Community Garden has been fortunate enough to receive funding to the value of $30,000 from the Department of Local Government and Communities.

D & M2Friend of the garden Stirling Councillor Dr Andrew Guilfoyle introduced David Michael MLA to Hamersley Habitat Community Garden and the Committee.

Mr Michael’s support was instrumental in our Community Garden securing the Local Projects, Local Jobs program grant.

It is very welcome and will fund upgrades at Hamersley Habitat Community Garden over the next 12 months, including reticulation for our many fruit trees and native plants, a new rainwater tank, garden equipment and soil amendments for all our garden beds.

David M 2We are very grateful to David Michael for his ongoing support and commitment to Hamersley Habitat Community Garden.

 

SUPPORTED BY THE LOCAL PROJECTS, LOCAL JOBS PROGRAM

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Under The Tuarts June 2017

Winter has finally come upon us. We’ve had a couple of good rains and the days are distinctly colder. All the beds are planted with winter crops and many of them are looking very good indeed.

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The clover leaf beds with (from the left) broccoli, cauliflowers and spinach

We had a very good turnout for Arbour Day with over 100 school students and a large group of adults to supervise and instruct. Four beds were planted out with vegetable seedlings and a large number of ground cover natives were planted on the southern strip behind the shed. These are doing well. We were very glad to get the rain soon afterwards as it was a lot to water on top of the rest of the garden. Many thanks to everyone who helped on the day.

An experiment is being run in Bed 26 with two parallel beds with similar crops, one with soil charcoal and one without. At this stage the red cabbage in the bed with charcoal is looking healthier than in the other bed. It remains to compare the cabbages when ready to pick. This sort of trial is well worthwhile and could be repeated with other soil additives.

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The experimental beds. The nearer one has the charcoal additive.

The ice cream bean tree (Inga edulis) is a point of great interest in the garden. It has cropped prolifically this year. The large pods contain a fluffy white flesh which is edible and tastes like ice cream. It is a South American tree, a legume and therefore nitrogen fixing. The seeds are also edible when ground up.

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Ice cream bean tree – now ready to be picked and eaten

Other fruit trees and vines are coming on well including several citrus trees, the apples and the passionfruit vines which have been quite amazing with heaps of fruit. The bananas have also grown very well and we expect to see bunches of bananas by this time next year.

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Citrus, foreground, apples (left) and grapevines on the pergola.

Many thanks to the watering team who put in a sterling effort to keep everything going in the very dry Autumn. Don’t forget to carry on potting for the Garden Open Day in November. We’ve ordered better weather this year! And keep those contributions for the compost bins going.

 

Until next time:
The Gardeners

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School Arbor Day at Hamersley Habitat Community Garden

Our School Arbor Day event at Hamersley Habitat this morning was another great success, and enjoyed by all.

Many people and groups contributed to this result and we would like to give Big Thanks to:

  • all the wonderful gardeners of Hamersley Habitat who worked tirelessly towards this day for many months
  • the Hamersley Habitat committee whose commitment was essential for the success of the day
  • garden members and friends who worked alongside  the students
  • our fantastic local supporters for their kind donations- Bunnings Balcatta, Brownes Dairy and the City of Stirling for its grant.

Over 100 students from our three local schools were at the Garden today.  They planted native ground covers, plants for a sensory wall or vegetable seedlings.

We were very pleased to welcome Hon Michael Keenan MHR who enjoyed the company of the students with David Michael MLA and our friend of the Garden Clr Dr Andrew Guilfoyle.

Also, check out the video of the day.

A wonderful morning at Hamersley Habitat with the community.

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Artwork in the garden

Participants from Atwork Australia (Work For The Dole Project) are working with our Coordinator/Supervisor Donelle to complete some Art Work in our garden.

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They are working on a large colourful mural along the corrugated border fence – (tricky work) and other art projects in the garden.

ArtworkCorrective Services are also inspired working on a mosaic in the newly constructed children’s cubby area (cubby house to be arriving soon!).  Also adding some colourful designs to our recycled furniture.

 

 

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UNDER THE TUARTS – April 2017

As this is being written we are experiencing some late summer weather. Great for the garden so long as you keep the water up. However, this will not last long. The summer crops – beans, sweet corn, zucchini, eggplant, capsicums, cucumbers, pumpkins and rock melons as well as some herb crops are coming to an end.

One disappointing feature was the unfortunate tendency of some people to pick produce (vegetables and fruit) before it was ready.  Much more satisfying to allow the produce to ripen and to be available to many more people.

The change of seasons will be upon us and we have to look at our winter crops.

At a gardeners’ meeting recently we traversed the whole garden and came up with ideas for winter plantings. One new idea is to try planting potatoes in large bags. Another innovation will be “green cropping” to produce natural soil improvement.  Otherwise silver beet, beetroot, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbages, carrots and broad beans as well as seasonal herbs will be sown over the next few weeks.

Two beds are to be part of a trial involving the use of charcoal in the soil to test its effectiveness as a soil improver. There are also four beds to be made ready for Schools Arbour Day plantings in June by visiting groups of students from local schools – East Hamersley Primary, Glendale Primary and Warwick Senior High Schools.

Watering has proved quite a chore over the summer now that the Habitat Garden has grown to full size. Once the cooler weather and, hopefully, rain comes this will be much easier.  In any event, a roster for less frequent watering – perhaps two or three days a week – will be maintained over autumn, winter and spring.  Volunteers are always welcome. Even if you just put your name on a reserve list that will be helpful.

Also useful for the Garden are lawn clippings as an ingredient for making good compost.

SPRING OPEN DAY
One attraction of our annual Spring Open Day (4 November 2017) is the sale of pot plants.  Gardeners have begun potting plants in readiness.  Plants such as Canna Lilly, Geranium and Pelargonium, Federation Daisies, Iris, Snapdragon, Dianthus, Vinca, Impatents, Red Hot Polka, Agapanthus, Tree Begonia, Cosmos and Salvia are always popular.  If you can help out by potting some plants for sale your assistance will be appreciated.   It’s not too early.  In addition, we are always looking for garden pots to grow plants so please bring them along.

DID YOU KNOW? – Hamersley Habitat Community Garden will operate the Bunnings Balcatta sausage sizzle on Easter Saturday 15 April 2017.

TIP – Add compost, bentonite clay and/or rock dust to the soil before planting your vegetables or shrubs.  They will improve the soil and help our sandy soils to retain moisture.

Happy Gardening.  See you at the Community Garden sometime.

The Gardeners

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Moonure Donate Cow Manure

MoonureMoonure has kindly donated 10 bags of cow moonure to Hamersley Habitat Community Garden. A big thank you to Andrew Guilfoyle for introducing Denis from Moonure to us. We are so thankful for their generous donation.

Check out their website at http://www.moonure.com.au and see how they can help your garden thrive!!

You can choose from:
– Cow Moonure
– Sheep Moonure
– Chicken Moonure
– Multi Mix Moonure
– Water Saver Mulch
– Manure & Mulch
– Karri & Peet Mulch
– Chunky Pine Mulch
– Mushroom Combo
– Soil Conditioner
and Potting Mix (36 Litre)

Give Denis a call to place your order on 0488 999 099

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Visit by Senator Michaelia Cash

Image may contain: 1 person, outdoorOn 20th February 2017 we had the honour of welcoming Senator Michaelia Cash into our garden.

As you may be aware, we have been fortunate enough to have the AtWork Teams working in our garden through the Work for the Dole program.

Image may contain: textSenator Cash presented a plaque to the garden to recognise the partnership we have formed. Community is a big part of who we are and what we do, and being able to welcome people into our garden has been beneficial for the Garden but for the whole community.

Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, people sitting and suitWe also had the pleasure of welcoming the City of Stirling Mayor Giovanni Italiano, and welcomed back friends of the garden Andrew Guilfoyle from the City of Stirling, and Chris Hatton MLA.

Thank you all for taking the time to join us in the garden.

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Under the Tuarts – January 2017

It’s 38 degrees outside as we write this – 41 tomorrow – typical Australia Day.

Not easy to keep gardens going this time of the year but, due to a heroic effort from everyone on the watering roster, the Habitat Garden is looking good.

Some crops are finished or nearly so – beans, runner and dwarf, corn, radishes, rocket, silver beet, peas. All have been top crops over the last couple of months. Still coming on are pumpkins, rock melons, water melons, zucchini (have you seen the new golden colour zucchini?) and another crop of runner beans. We’ve also got capsicums, a great looking crop of egg fruit, snake beans, leeks, a few beetroot and a few lettuces. There’s plenty of basil to go with your tomatoes, chives, oregano and a range of other herbs.

Recent plantings have been French carrots-round ones, radish, cucumbers and herbs. Good soil preparation with plenty of compost and a soil wetting agent where required are essential this time of the year. A certain amount of shade is also beneficial, whether from trees overhead or shade cloth and of course regular watering.

Two of the berry vines recently planted are doing well – one is a Loganberry and the other a Youngberry. Another new addition is a Dragon Fruit (Pitaya) which is a cactus from Mexico that has delicious, colourful edible fruit. You’ll find that growing inside the set of rings.

The apple trees have quite a bit of fruit on them – we can only hope they will survive the hot weather. The passion fruit vines have grown amazingly with some fruit – maybe more next year. The banana plantation is also thriving – again, maybe next year we will have bananas.  Our other fruit trees are all coming on well.

There’s also quite a bit of colour with petunias, snapdragons, dianthus and a purple artichoke that has gone to flower. The native area is doing well – many of them should really take off after another winter.  Our compost bays are working well and we have been fortunate to spread some wonderful compost around the garden.  Altogether, a credit to all the gardeners and workers in the garden. Well done!

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We are always looking for garden pots, especially the 12 to 15 cm variety (approx 1 Litre or a little larger), but bigger ones (2 Litres or more) are always welcome. If you have any kicking around just drop them off.

If anyone feels they are able to be on the reserve watering roster please let us know. There are times when people are away or not well and we can use some fill-ins. Times are variable.

See you at the next working bee or anytime in the garden.

 

The Gardeners at HHCG

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2017 Program of Events

The Community Garden committee has had a look at our program of events for 2017 at the Garden.

As a result of that review, the committee has decided to focus on our regular Busy Bees and three main events:

  • Bunnings sausage sizzle, on Easter Saturday 15 April – our big fund raiser for the year.
  • Schools Arbor Day in July which is our main interaction with local schools.
  • October Spring Fair and Plant sale.

The Twilight in the Garden second birthday event on March 26 is cancelled.

The committee felt there was not enough time to organise this event to the desired quality and standard given the current and continuing demands on our small and hard-working band of volunteers. The risk of missing the mark and staging a substandard event was too high.

The committee apologises for any inconvenience this approach may cause.

However, with your continued support we will succeed with the other three events.

The Sausage Sizzle is heavily dependent on volunteers manning the popular stall at Bunnings Balcatta. A roster has been drawn up, so if you can spare some time on Easter Saturday ”cooking snaggers” please let us know.  We are also hoping to run a bake stall and raffle on the day so any donations of delicious cakes, slices, biscuits, cupcakes, muffins etc you may be able to provide us with would be very welcome.

Schools Arbor Day event at the Garden is always popular. Last year we had about 200 local school children from three local schools visit the garden. I know the children look forward to participating and then watching the results of their endeavours grow.

The October Spring Fair and Plant Sale is our major community event. We are planning extra features this year including guest speakers and childrens activities, musical entertainment, more and varied stalls and, importantly, a wider range of quality plants for sale. We will have the Pizza oven and BBQ operating too.

Last year this event was very well supported, prompted a spike in memberships and raised valuable funds for Garden equipment, plantings and development. Your feedback, suggestions and contributions on features and attractions are welcome

Our Community Garden is a credit to all our volunteers and gardeners. Everyone is welcome to our Busy Bees, to assist with watering and offering feedback.

Thank you all for your continued support.

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