UNDER THE TUARTS – June 2018

After the warm and dry Autumn, the Winter has made its presence felt, as we all knew it would, with some cold days and nights and encouraging rain.

It’s quite amazing how the Garden reacts to the change of seasons. Some plants go into hibernation while others burst forth.

Some Winter vegetable crops are in and looking very healthy – among them cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, peas and beetroot.   More plantings will follow.

The citrus trees are carrying some lovely fruit, although the tropical fruit such as bananas and pawpaws probably are hibernating.  At the same time it great to watch the avocados and apples soak up the cool wet conditions.  Meanwhile the native plants are starting to shoot and some are showing signs of flowering.

After the long dry autumn, the rain has had an immediate impact in the garden.

So there still is plenty of work for the gardeners to do in the Garden.

WATERING

As the Garden has continued to grow, Watering has been quite a chore over the summer and Autumn period.  Now that the cooler weather and rain has come, a roster for less frequent watering – possibly twice a week or as required – will be maintained over Winter and Spring. Volunteers are always welcome.

PATHWAY

One of the recent achievements at the Garden has been the transformation of the Pathway between the Garden and Beach Road.

From an unsightly walkway, it now is a feature of the Garden, one which the neighbours and residents who use the pathway are rightly proud and take delight in using.

With the help of Department of Corrective Services people, the sandy concrete path verges were amended with compost and fertiliser.  Then a selection of native plants and ground covers were planted including red and yellow kangaroo paws, scavolia and varieties of grevillea.  A layer of mulch completed the transformation.

Neighbours are helping water the plants and also watch out for the security of the plants..

It has been a rewarding community exercise.

SCHOOLS ARBOR DAY EVENT

Resident birds in the Tuart trees joined the chatter of over 50 local school children at the Garden for our annual Arbor Day event on Friday 8 June 2018.

This Schools Arbor Day event is one of the more successful and popular community functions held at the Garden.  As usual the feedback was encouraging. It was good to welcome strong supporters of the Garden,  local MHR Michael Keenan and MLA David Michael.

The students, from three local schools, East Hamersley, Glendale Primary Schools and Warwick Senior High School, spent a couple of hours planting vegetable seedlings such as spinach, broccoli, peas and carrots as well as eremophila, kangaroo paws and everlastings.  After a quick tour of the Garden which is in excellent condition after the good rains several days earlier, they enjoyed an activity and some refreshments.

Expect to see some of the students in the Garden in the days, weeks and months ahead to check the progress of their plantings.

Visit our YouTube channel to see the video of the day.

Later in the year (November 10 2018) the annual Spring Open Day and Plant sale will be held in the Garden.  More details in the Autumn edition of “Under the Tuarts” newsletter.

OWLS

Occasionally the call of an owl can be heard at night near the Garden.

Our inquiry to the City of Stirling (CoS) about the possibility of fitting Owl Nesting Boxes in the Garden drew an interesting response.

Apparently, the Owl population is in decline, for a variety of reasons.

One of the reasons is accidental poisoning with rat poison.  The Owls eat rats that are sick because the rat has easten rat poison, and the Owl dies.

According to the CoS, there are only two chemicals that are “Rat-safe” – Warfarin and Coumatetralyl (found in Racumin).  But they can be hard to find.

So, to help Owls, it may be useful to check the contents next time you use rat poison.  More information can be found on the Society for the Preservation of Raptors website, http://www.raptor.org.au.

The upshot of our request for Own Nesting Boxes was an emphatic No.

But the CoS did suggest, as an alternative, micro-bat boxes. Stay tuned

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Add compost, bentonite clay and/or rock dust, plus some charcoal and fertiliser eg Rooster Booster to the soil when planting vegetables or shrubs.  They will improve the soil and help our sandy soils to retain moisture.  And, watering the base of native plants can be more beneficial than spraying the foliage.

Happy gardening.  See you in the Community Garden sometime.

The Gardeners.

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Special General Meeting

Hamersley Habitat Community Garden Inc. wishes to inform all members that a Special General Meeting will be held in the garden on Friday 25th May at 9.00 am.

The meeting will be held to put forward the proposal that Hamersley Habitat Community Garden adopts the  new rules (also commonly known as the constitution) in accordance with the Association’s Incorporation Act 2015.  The new rule changes will be explained during the Special General Meeting and a hard copy is available to members.

Special Resolution:  Adopt the new rules.

Hamersley Habitat Committee

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Garden Video – April 2018

video 1Click the image above to watch the latest video of Hamersley Habitat Community Garden.

A big thank you to our member Mr Ian Hakanson for creating this video for us.

We have some fantastic vegetables, fruits, natives and flowers growing in the garden thanks to our gardeners and members.  Hamersley Habitat is a wonderful place for everyone to enjoy.

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Garden Visitors – 1st March 2018

On the 1st March 2018 we had over 30 members from the northern chapter garden group “The Evergreens”  from the W.A. Garden Circle Society visit Hamersley Habitat.

It was wonderful to see so many gardeners enjoying our garden.  Their feedback was overwhelmingly positive and encouraging.

 

 

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UNDER THE TUARTS – March 2018

March 2018 5Summer is finished, or waning anyway, say the people who know about these things.  But you could be forgiven for thinking there are hot dry days ahead before Autumn sets in.

Some rain would be useful; there’s been precious little since the mid-January downpour.

That’s made the regular watering by volunteers through what has been described as a relatively mild summer, so very important to keeping the Garden in reasonable condition and appearance. And the reticulation of the fruit trees and plants along the back fence is a boon.

So with the seasonal transition imminent, much of the activity in the garden is focussed on preparing for the cooler and, hopefully, damp conditions ahead.

March 2018 3Much of that effort is directed at amending the garden beds with a ‘back to basics’ approach building up the soil.  All of which is topped with lupin mulch. Meanwhile the fruit trees are getting a serve of our own compost.

New planting is underway, tentatively, or planned with the usual autumn/winter crops (eg cos lettuce, bush beans, snow peas, radish, eggplant, zucchini) and the occasional “odd bod” such as Japanese turnip.   We all have high hopes that these plantings will be as successful as the summer crops.  Other new plantings include a sugar cane, kiwiberry on the new trellises, pandorea jasminoides on the arch and soon to be planted two new avocados.

March 2018 2Good crops are evident on our fruit trees – oranges, limes, lemons, guava, banana, passion fruit and pomegranates.  Perhaps they’ll survive long enough to ripen.  The younger fruit trees continue to thrive.

Talking of compost as we were earlier, our compost bins could do with some clean lawn cuttings, shredded paper and some suitable food scraps.   Natural compost works wonders in our garden.

March 2018 1While the emphasis is on vegetables, fruit and herbs (basil, chives, mint and oregano ready for picking), flowers in the garden were a feature during summer and the Cows display continues to be a ‘bright’ spot.  Meanwhile the native plant section provides a contrast.

So, it’s all go-go in the Garden.  Thanks to everyone for your contribution and support. We look forward to continuing to provide a cool, green, colourful and productive precinct in our community backyard.

Until next time

THE GARDENERS 

 

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UNDER THE TUARTS – December 2017

Summer has arrived.  We’ve had some warm to hot days already but precious little rain – a precursor of what’s to come, no doubt.

Regular watering is key to the continuing impressive performance of our Community Garden and the Watering Roster is ensuring regular watering for our entire Garden.

All the beds are planted to summer crops and many of them are looking very good.  In fact, despite the setback of the mini tornado in July, the whole Garden is in excellent condition after winter.

Of course the warmer weather has brought out the usual pests and bugs – white butterflies have been as numerous as anyone can remember, so cabbage grubs have been a real challenge.

The new raised garden beds are planted and the herbs and flowers are putting on a lovely show.  New equipment is being put to good use, including the mulcher which is being used to feed the compost and adding another element to the garden self sufficiency.

Talking about compost, we could do with some lawn cuttings and shredded paper in the compost bin at the Garden to boost our compost supplies.  Compost is great natural additive to the Garden beds and plants.

The experiment run in Bed 29 has had mixed results but was well worth the effort and yielded some good lessons.

We had a very good turn-out for the Spring Family Open Day last month (November).  Hundreds of plants cultivated by members were sold, as well as donated cakes, pizzas, raffles and Devonshire teas.  The proceeds will go towards Garden admin and day-to-day expenses as well as garden supplies and seedlings. At least eight new members were signed up.

Well done to everyone involved.

Until next time                                                  THE GARDENERS.

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Thankyou Bunnings Balcatta

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Thankyou Frank and the team from Bunnings Balcatta for our new cubby!  Bunnings have kindly replaced our other cubby damaged in the mini tornado recently.  Many of our children and some adults will certainly enjoy the new addition.

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Garden Gurus at Hamersley Habitat

The Garden Gurus team attended our garden on Monday to film a segment and feature story on Hamersley Habitat.

The short video will be on the Garden Gurus TV show on September 23rd at 4:30pm and the “5 Things” segment filmed in the garden will be on the following Saturday September 30th at 4:30pm on Channel Nine.

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Artwork in the Garden

Our latest “Work for the Dole” project has provided the garden and surrounds with some great artwork for everyone to enjoy!

Check out the YouTube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZ1cvTGdPkk .

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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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