Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Winter News

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Mackie Lane Update: We continue to nourish the soil with manures and compost for winter planting. So far this includes broadbeans, peas, cauliflowers, Asian greens, garlic (lots of garlic!), strawberries, rhubarb and much more.  The square metre gardens are also doing well. The large tree near the garden entrance, the site of many garden celebrations, has responded well to our care and grown about two metres since we started.  

The succulents on the Mackie Lane footpath outside the garden have grown from single leaves and are now extremely impressive. 

We’re working as a group to develop the planting plan for winter and looking ahead to spring. Meanwhile planning is also underway to make the new section of the garden a more welcoming space and we continue to source paling fences to recycle into new garden beds. 

With the larger space we now need to make ‘rooms’ and come up with ways to bring more height into the garden. We’re sharing ideas and look forward to further beautifying the space.

The team is also seeking sponsorship for a new garden shed to provide much needed secure and dry storage and, potentially in the future to have a pergola like structure to provide shelter and shade. This will allow us to have more education workshops, which can go ahead despite inclement weather.

Mackie Lane Monthly Celebration: At our recent MCG meeting we decided to have a monthly celebration on the first Sunday of the month. Come along on Sunday 2 June at 4pm after the regular Mackie Lane working bee. BYO drinks and nibbles. We will also take this opportunity to toss around some ideas for the new section of the garden. All welcome.

Middle Head Update: The curry plot is growing well and the snow peas are thriving at the other end of that plot. The soil in Bed 3 was completely removed and sifted to clear away the fine roots from the pine tree nearby. A geotextile mat was installed on top of cardboard and paper to inhibit the tree root penetration. The soil was then replaced with manure and compost, and a layer of Lucerne mulch. A nice crop of broad beans is growing, as well as broccoli, parsley and mustard leaf. Cabbage seedlings have recently been added to this bed. Hoops have been added to strengthen the framework and the netting re- installed. Pea seeds planted in Bed 1 have provided a challenge and we are now trying new pea seeds in their place. We are regularly harvesting broccoli, silver beet, chilies, celery, parsley and lettuce from the other beds. Root vegetables and garlic are also growing. Nets have been removed from the Native Food beds and the local wildlife is not dining on the produce.

The plaque in memory of David Luke is now in place on the sandstone rock next to the Sandpaper Fig.

Verge Gardens: Students at Macquarie University are undertaking a project on verge gardening in Mosman, with the support of the Council. They would appreciate your support in completing a short survey. Here is the link 

Thank you: We are very grateful for the support of our ongoing sponsors. We could not have built the garden without the financial support of sponsors such as Bendigo Bank and Bunnings. Many thanks also to Mosman Council, Ausgrid, NPWS, Kimbriki, Poskitt Design, Proj-X, Honeysuckle Garden Centre, Mosman Climate Challenge Group and the Mosman Daily. 

TED talk on guerilla gardening: A great story about the magic of community food gardening. Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA -- in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where "the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys." Click here

We look forward to seeing you at the gardens sometime.

Cheers Tina

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