Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Incr-Edible Food Swap at Peppertree Place Sat Aug 1st

512 Sydney Road Coburg

10.30 - 12.00

Fruit tree grafting and selection workshop with Craig Castree - Trees Galore in your backyard!

As a horticulturist who is self-sufficient on a 600 sq metre
block, Craig Castree will demonstrate how best to utilise
your space with fruit trees that are easy to prune and net. 
Craig frequently features on Vasili's Garden and has 
recently published Edible Gardens: A Practical Guide.

Scions and bare-rooted stock available.

$10. Please book by emailing hsanghvi@kildonan.org.au or text 0431 494 773.

Live raw Southern  Italian music with “Rosa and the Zaza's”. 

CHAIR YOGA with Trudy Radburn - $5
Chair yoga is a gentle style of yoga incorporating breath with movement to improve balance, coordination and focus. Relieve tension as you stretch your body feeling relaxed, revived and rejuvenated, weather permitted.

Volunteer-Powered Nursery
Featuring perennial edibles such as walking onions and New Zealand yam.

Pop-up Peppertree Cafe
Scrumptious freshly baked treats, coffee, teas and ‘Tamil Feast 12’ vegetarian lunch served using ingredients from the Peppertree community garden. ‘Tamil Feast 12’ supports recently settled asylum seekers from Sri Lanka.

SWAP TABLE - a place to share your garden's harvest, tips and questions.

Baking group and ping-pong on!


Heritage Fruit Society Grafting and Tree Sales Days in August (Brunswick, Templestowe, Mount Martha)

The Heritage Fruits Society's annual Grafting and Tree Sales Days are events not to be missed.

Come along and -

* Learn techniques for grafting or budding fruit trees
* Select suitable rootstocks
* Have new trees grafted or budded by HFS members
* Buy heritage fruit tree scion wood for home grafting
* Buy one-year-old grafted trees.
* Discuss your fruit tree needs.

Sunday 2nd August is one of the most important days in our calendar. We run our grafting workshops, graft new trees, and sell one year-old trees and scion, at Petty’s Orchard in Templestowe

Then on Saturday 8th, we move to CERES in Brunswick, for more of the same, although it is usually such a busy day that we don’t get much time to stop and chat.

If you live on the Peninsula, then come along to The Briars, Mount Martha on Sunday 9th August, where we will have a chance to look over the property and see where they plan to have a large collection of heritage trees – we have already donated many to them, and will donate many more.

We start at 9 AM on each day, and finish about 1 PM.

More info here

Monday, July 27, 2015

No Work, Just Fun: Join the West Brunswick Community Garden as they celebrate 3 years with a community dance Sat 15th August

West Brunswick Community Garden is celebrating three successful years with a mid-winter community dance and fundraiser. Come along, get down and warm up.

We have a very special celebration coming up and you, your friends and family (and anyone else really) are all invited to help make it an event to remember for years to come!

We're getting together for a community dance where we'll be treated to amazing music from Klezmeritis and Bohemian Nights performing a mix of Gypsy, Klezmer, European, jazz and Middle Eastern music. Led by Ernie Gruner on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, they also feature Phil Carroll on accordion, ney and vocals, Ron Hansen on double bass and experienced dance-caller Audrey Fine, who will teach everyone the dance steps (no previous experience needed!). There will be line dances, square dances, circle dances and more.

While they're playing, we'll be dancing, eating, sipping, talking all things gardening and generally having a great time. 

Save the date, invite your friends, have a bit of fun and support our amazing garden!

When: 7.30pm on Saturday 15th August

Where: Our Lady Help of Christians Church Hall, 49 Nicholson Street, East Brunswick.

Cost: The entrance charge is $25, concession $15, children $10, families $50.

Food/Drink: BYO soft drinks or alcohol. Finger food, tea and tasty Wild Timor Coffee provided. 

Profits go to our garden. This will be a key fundraising event for us this year so please get behind it, share it around (here's our Facebook event), get a bunch of people together and come along.

BookingYou can book here now!

NB: There will be no weeding or compost turning at this event.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Joys of Community Food Gardening from Home

By a Friend of Edward Street.

The days of my partner and I spending an entire weekend pottering away in the garden are long gone! (Oh how I long) ! 
Being at home with kids has changed the way I garden. It means time is of the essence, social connection is critical, money is scarce and commuting with small children can at times be painful and to be avoided at all costs! Now, I community garden in the uber proximity of my own yard!
Here are some examples of ways I have been able to satisfy my green thumbs, stay sane (mostly) and food garden communally from home together with 'Friends of Edward Street':
1. Collect compost scraps from neighbours in apartments and build the bays together
2. Start a chicken co-op and share eggs, seed purchase and construction of the coop
3. Turn your nature strip into a children's play garden.
4. Build communal herb planter boxes and install them in front gardens and on nature strip.
5. Neighbourly working bees to set up each other's veggie patch. (Often the most time consuming part of veggie gardening is the initial set up, many hands make light work, more fun and sometimes all you need is a catalyst to set a date & make it happen.)
6. Start a monthly home grown food swap
Although a little while away yet, the next frontier for some of us Edward Street home community gardeners is a bee hive... HELLO honey!

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