Once a month join us to learn about growing vegetables & fruits, raising farm animals, and how to care for your soil. Meet the farmer, or tour a backyard growers garden. Make friends and exchange produce, ideas and smiles! Open to members and visitors.
Saturday 30th July 2022
Join us at Barb and Paul’s place for a look around Barb’s varied and very biodiverse garden on a 840 sqm suburban house block, which is often buffeted by strong winds from Lake Macquarie. There are lots of plants available to take home, so bring your own buckets and tools to take cuttings and dig up bits and pieces. Many areas need some clearing and plants pruned, so it a perfect opportunity to help clear and salvage what you’d like. We’ll help Barb with assembling and positioning a range of plastic compost bins, then fill them from a ute load of her friend’s compost mix, which needs some additions and time to complete its composting.
After nearly 15 years living here, Barb and Paul’s bare kikuyu covered block now has abundant citrus trees and other interesting fruiting trees, with sections of native bush tucker trees and other natives for habitat. Hives of native stingless bees, worm farms, water tanks, solar panels, verge plantings.
Barb says the garden and old house were developed basically along permaculture lines, but with big changes made when Paul’s large work shed went in 2021. Much of the garden has not settled since. So she’d appreciate any ideas to simplify areas, to make it easier to maintain, control water flow etc.
If anyone has experience or interest in making ‘seed bombs’ there is plenty of clay and seeds available to have a play.
(NOTE: Lake Mac Grows/LMCC Crop Swap is on the same day at Toronto Community Garden at the Hub in the Boulevarde, 9-11 am if you’d like to pop in there on the way).
From 10.00 – have a cuppa and chat.
10.45 – garden tour and discussion, work plans
11.45 – Lend a hand! compost bins, clearing, taking cuttings etc
13.00 - own lunch and more talking! Leave or stay as you fancy, feel free to go when it suits you.
14.30 – committee meeting – non committee members may sit in if they wish (or keep pottering in the garden). Good chance to see what happens, as the AGM is coming up in August when people can join the committee.
ABOUT FIELD DAYS
Field Days Field days are usually held once a month except in January.
What to bring: A folding chair, lunch and drinks, hat and sturdy shoes, produce to swap/share/sell.
Members - free
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