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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UNDER THE TUARTS – September 2016

Hello everyone,

It’s been a while since our last newsletter and we are all waiting for Spring which seems about a month late this year. Nevertheless, many of our native plants are doing very well with lots of flowers. Check out the kangaroo paws!

As a consequence of the cool weather, summer crops have been very slow to get going. We also have a problem with snails which really like the cold and damp. If anyone has any 2 litre cool drink bottles (clear plastic) we would appreciate them to cut in two parts and use as snail and slug barriers for our pumpkin, watermelon and zucchini seedlings which are being eaten as fast as they appear. Donations can be left at the garden. We are also looking for flower pots, especially the smaller ones.

A few weeks ago we dug up and distributed a really good crop of potatoes. There is also spinach (chard), celery and broccoli now available. The broad beans just need a few warm days and they will be ready too. Strawberries are also coming into season.

Summer/Spring crops recently planted include beans, climbing and dwarf, sweet corn and cucumber (still waiting for these to come up). Quite a few flowers are coming on so we should have a really colourful display before long.

The Spring Open Day is rapidly approaching on Saturday 15th, we will all be in the garden so I hope you will join us. If you have spare pot plants please donate them to the plant stall.  If you would like to acquire some plants  please visit our plant stall.  It will be open from 10 am (donations from 8 am).  This is one of our main fund-raising events so any help will be appreciated.

From our Tuesday Gardeners.


Hi everybody,

We welcome our new gardeners to the Friday morning gardening group, bringing our numbers up to eight members.  Sharing together our beautiful garden, knowledge and friendship over morning tea has become a regular highlight of the Friday meetings.

With our increased members the ground level shrubs and trees have all been fertilized (organically) to encourage Spring growth. A lot of weeding has been completed throughout the garden, for now!  New plantings of dianthus, marigold, petunias and nemesia will add much needed colour in the coming weeks!  Bed No. 13 will soon have mustard seed sown in to help control soil diseases, the green crop will be dug into the soil to increase soil structure and fertility.

Happy Gardening, from our Friday Gardeners.


 

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Andrew Guilfoyle’s Continued Support

Oandrew1ur Hamersley Ward Councillor Andrew Guilfoyle (City of Stirling), a friend and supporter of our Community & Garden has been able to secure and organise a new reserve sign and drink fountain to go in our Community Garden in the next few weeks, thank you Andrew.

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Visit by Joe Francis MLA

waynes-pic-tony-warren-joeOn Tuesday the 4th of October, the Honorable Joe Francis MLA Minister for Emergency Services, Fisheries, Veterans and Corrective Services visited Hamersley Habitat to see our wonderful Community Garden.

He spoke with Corrective Services’
Supervisors and participants who have been involved from the very start with the construction, development and creation of our garden. We are very grateful for all their support, commitment and hard work.

Also attending was Chris Hatton MP, Andrew Guilfoyle (local Hamersley Ward Councillor) and a number garden members.

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Hamersley Habitat Compost Bins

2016-07-19 13.47.41The construction of the garden’s compost bins is now complete and we have compost ready to use at the next busy bee.

You can find out more about the bins and how to use them here.

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