Garden Group

Thank you, Santa!Annie44Mon, 09/12/2013 - 2:03pm
Santa comes to the garden

The Community Garden Network submission to Community Participation Funding NSW for an additional water tank and an irrigation system has been successful, with a grant of $5,200. It's the best Christmas present the Garden Network could have wished for and committee members will be planning the purchase and installation of equipment in the coming weeks.

This means that water is not likely to run out during the dry periods and additional water will be available in the event of a fire. Gardeners can plan more perennial crops and fruit trees. An irrigation system will also...

Watering is so relaxingAnnie44Mon, 23/09/2013 - 2:49pm
COMMUNITY GARDEN 'WATERERS' WANTED

How would you like to become one of our volunteer “waterers”?


The Community Garden Network is looking for people to help with watering the garden once or twice a month. It takes around an hour and a half and you'll be helping the crops grow and thrive (and you get to pick a few fresh veggies or herbs for your dinner).

It's a great chance to chill out and relax in beautiful, natural surroundings. You can enjoy the solitude while you water, or if you prefer some company, bring a...

All the fun of the fairAnnie44Thu, 19/09/2013 - 2:55pm
All the fun of the fair

While the electoral votes were being counted, the Garden Network totted up the takings from their fundraising activities and were more than delighted with the results. Just over $1,000 in sales and donations was raised and these funds will be used to expand the garden and go towards the purchase of an irrigation system.

A lot of hard work went into getting such a great result, with many garden network volunteers putting their time and effort into organising the event and manning the stalls on the day. Then there were all the generous...

Hard at work in the gardenAnnie44Wed, 24/07/2013 - 4:11pm
Young gardeners at work

The Community Garden Network working bee on 13 July was a great success with a team of eleven adults and five children pitching in to remove noxious weeds and install new garden beds. After a job well done, the weary workers were rewarded with a sausage sizzle.

Next on the agenda is a full management plan and some ideas for pathways around the garden.

The original three garden beds have now increased to seven, plus a variety of ‘no dig’...

New beds for the gardenAnnie44Sat, 25/05/2013 - 11:05am
Assembling the new beds

There has been a lot going on in the garden over the last few months. Great Lakes Council generously donated a mulching mower so the grass around the beds can be trimmed regularly. The garden now looks a lot neater and it makes watering, planting and weeding much easier.


New beds have been planted with winter veggies, including potatoes, sweet potatoes, swedes, beetroot and broad beans. And there are plenty of leafy vegetables including spinach, salad greens and several varieties of peas. If you like it hot, there are a couple...

Fresh from the garden!Annie44Mon, 25/03/2013 - 3:45pm
Pumpkin and Eggplant ready for picking

New seedlings have been planted in readiness for Autumn/Winter and the Community Garden Network is looking forward to some great results.

The summer crop was extremely successful and thankfully, there were very few failures. Ready for picking now are pumpkin, eggplant and a good selection of herbs. The eggplants have an amazing flavour, with none of the bitterness associated with the ‘supermarket’ variety. And if you fancy your meal on the 'hot' side, several varieties of Chilli will start to bear fruit in the coming weeks.

The Compost Tea demonstration had to be cancelled,...

Annie44Thu, 07/03/2013 - 2:19pm

Unfortunately Shane Martin was a victim of the recent heavy rains, so the compost tea making demonstration had to be cancelled on Wednesday 6 March. This event will be re-scheduled at a date to be advised.

Breakfast at the gardenAnnie44Tue, 29/01/2013 - 4:23pm
Enjoying a relaxing breakfast at the garden

The Community Garden Network celebrated Australia Day with another successful "Big Breakfast" and are now planning next season's planting. Projects and events for 2013 will include some interesting opportunities that will appeal to all Cove gardeners.

Drive the "Astro Calendar"Annie44Tue, 15/01/2013 - 12:10pm
How nature's rhythms affect your garden.

Attention all you keen Cove gardeners - if you've ever wanted to find out more about predicting weather patterns, or how to drive the "Astro Calendar", all will be revealed at a Hunter Biodynamics Group seminar in February.

Other topics in this two day presentation will include:

Weather, earth and the human being Star watch Constellation stories Music of the spheres

Brian Keats returns to present the popular workshop he last held six years ago. This is a great opportunity to learn...

Community garden thrivingAnnie44Sat, 12/01/2013 - 12:34pm
Community garden thriving

The Community Garden Network will host a "Big Breakfast" on Australia Day from 7am at the Community Hall Pergola.

Bring the family - enjoy a sausage or bacon and egg "sanger" and check out the progress of the garden. Chat to members of the garden network and swap gardening tips. Better still - become a member!

Join in the "thong throwing" and other games, (you could even win a prize).

Special breakfast deals will also be on offer.

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