Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mackie Lane Planting Day Sunday 4 December - 3pm

We are now ready to plant our first crop.  It has been just five weeks since we were given access to Mackie Lane and we have made incredible progress. 

The site has been cleared, stage one garden beds built and filled with soil, sunflowers are growing along the nature strip and the water has been connected. We even have an outdoor setting under the tree for our afternoon refreshments.

A big thank you to everyone who worked at Mackie Lane.

Our first planting day will be this Sunday at 3.00 pm.  It will be a kids’ planting day with garden coordinator Flicc Walsh  guiding us through the planting plan.  The theme is companion planting.  The Mosman Daily hope to have their photographer there at 3.30 pm. The construction team has the day off!

Please bring children, gardening gloves, small gardening tools, drinks and snacks.  Rowena is promising another amazing warm from the oven cake and Kirsten and others are decorating the garden to help celebrate our first planting.

Project Local voting reminder - closes Friday 2 December 
If you haven’t voted yet, please log onto the Project Local site - and vote for Mackie Lane Community Garden. You need to register and click on ‘Mosman” where it asks which newspaper. You can vote 10 times.  Please add a comment and pass this on via your networks. Voting closes this Friday.  If we win  the garden will get a grant of $2,500.

In addition to the 30 or so Sunday volunteers, we have had great organisational support:

  • Mosman Council – soil and Kimbriki materials
  • Ausgrid and Mosman Council  - fence and water connection
  • Bunnings -  hardware
  • Honeysuckle Garden Centre - pots
  • Milson Community Garden - seedlings

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mackie Lane - Working Bees on Sundays 3pm to 5pm

The Sunday 13 November working bee finished the long run of low beds and made a great start on constructing the high beds.  The high beds are raised up on two pallets.   The gardens beds are clad with used hard wood fence palings.  All our beds are made from recycled timber from Kimbriki.

Two tonnes of aggregate and four tonnes of garden soil were delivered by ANL as part of the support provided by Mosman Council.

The group is meeting now each week between 3 pm and 5 pm on Sundays and we are hoping the garden will be operational in a few more weeks time.  We are waiting for Sydney Water to connect water on instructions from  the land owner Ausgrid. Ausgrid have have been wonderful supporters of the project.

If you would like to join in the Mackie Lane Community Garden come along on Sunday.  Email us at and we will put you on our email news list.

There are more photos in the Mackie Lane Photo tab.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Mackie Lane Progress - Next Working Bee 13 November

Another great day at Mackie Lane on Sunday. More than thirty volunteers came,  braving the heat and a thunder storm.  Our first garden bed has been filled and a second bed is built and ready for soil.  Sun flowers have been planted along the fence. The shade cloth has been removed from the fence and recycled as weed mat between the soil and aggregate.

Garden Coordinator Flicc Walsh has presented a draft garden plan.  The first two long low beds (green) are  built and there is now the harder task of building the other beds which will be higher to cater for those of us with dodgy backs.

The group voted to keep meeting on Sundays to push on with building the garden.

There are more photos in the Mackie Lane Garden tab. Here is Flicc's design. Click on the image to expand.

If you would like to join in the Mackie Lane Community Garden come along on Sunday.  Email us at and we will put you on our email news list.