Green Square Growers group sign on Joynton Park, Zetland edible garden patch

As one of the co-founders of the Green Square Growers, we are passionate about supporting those who want to grow their own food at home and or in public spaces.

To date, the Green Square Growers have built and installed two edible garden patches in the inner City Sydney suburb of Zetland – for everyone.

We have since been contacted by the people at ‘Eastern Respite and Recreation’ in the neighbouring suburb of Rosebery.  They told us of their idea to build a community garden in Rosebery, which has the support from the City of Sydney.  It was a ‘no-brainer’ for us – we said YES to supporting the project.

Do you live near Rosebery and interested to know more about getting involved with a community garden project?  There is a community consultation, morning tea THIS SATURDAY and you are invited to come along.

Saturday the 18th of October at 10am
Crete Reserve, Rosebery Ave, Rosebery 
At this stage no need to RSVP – just pop in

Flyer - Invitation to attend morning tea to hear about Rosebery's new community garden

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Not only have we now finished building all six wicking garden beds but also completed planting them with seeds – all heirloom edible food plants (more on this with another post).

In hindsight?

*  Wish we had placed the legs of the garden beds (metal legs) on pavers to start with.  This way the beds wouldn’t have sunk unevenly when filled and hence we wouldn’t have wasted time excavating.

Leveling wicking garden beds again after they sunk

Leveling wicking garden beds again after they sunk - using a car jack

*  The grass still keeps coming back, so as you can see from the first photo, black builder’s plastic has been layed on the ground to kill the grass (then we will remove the plastic and add stepping pavers and plant country cottage, edible ground covers).

*  One wicking bed has a leak in the recycled builder’s plastic.  More care should of been taken to check this –  buying brand new in this instance would have been better.  Therefore this bed will become a normal garden bed (we will need to water the plants with a hose as per normal).

*  I have used an old metal arch that we inherited when we purchased the house.  It’s legs sit on two beds.  Sugar snap peas will grow up and over the arch (which I covered in mesh), making it into a cute walk way.

Recycled garden metal arch used as a sugar snap trellis

*  I have been collecting numerous trellis frames from the side of the road (it’s our local chuck out day time).  These recycled items will soon have tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, peas and beans climbing all over them for support.

Recycled garden trellis - picked up from the side of the road on a 'chuck out day'

*  Building wicking garden beds are easy (although I didn’t feel confident in the beginning).  Just one of those things you have to ‘give it a go.’  This video from Gardening Australia really helped.

Do you think we should paint the beds or leave them natural?

Lately, I have started to notice the need to grocery shop is becoming less frequent.  This week is shopping week (we usually shop fortnightly on Tuesday) and again we have run out of fresh vegetables – only two carrots remain in the fridge…..

…..and yet dinner was a pasta with a selection of fresh snow peas, spinach, two varieties of kale and celery.  All freshly picked from our garden (the snow peas were so crisp and sweet).

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I love that it no longer matters if we leave our fortnightly shopping for another week as there is plenty of food in the garden.

P.S. the snow peas are from the ‘retaining wall’ experimental garden that I planted from seed in May.  Crazy that from tiny seeds, have grown two meter high snow pea plants.

As with most new projects, it took awhile for the first wicking bed to be completed.   However the second one was completed in considerably less time (we knew what we were doing). Only four remain to be completed.

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Here is a refresher on our wicking garden bed’s project.

What challenges have we encountered?

*  The beds were leveled when we started however the two completed beds have sunk a little unevenly.  Maybe a car jack could be used to raise the bed corners in question,  so we can prop them up?

* We have run out of old carpet after the second completed bed.  Hence some ‘thinking out of the box’ was needed if we were to achieve our goal of using only recycled materials.   Today we spoke to a local carpet layer who has a job tomorrow, ripping up old carpet and said we can have it – perfect!

* We have been racing against the time and weather.   The only area where the recycled concrete gravel and organic soil could be deposited, was in a water way (when heavy rains fall).  If we don’t move the gravel and soil before the next big rains, we literally will be watching money wash down the drain.

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Hopefully we will be ready to plant seeds and seedlings in the beds, within a week.  Fingers crossed.

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Saturday’s weather was gorgeous.   After two massively busy weeks and ongoing sickness in the family, it was a delightful respite to get out and enjoy the sun.

With my local Seed Savers group, I ventured to a local bee keeper’s property.  It was while wondering the grounds we met Jerry the Rooster – a huge yet gorgeous and proud looking animal.

Jerry was more like a puppy dog, as he followed us closely on our garden stroll.

Just wanted to share Jerry’s portrait with you – hope it puts a little sunshine into your day.

About Sarhn

Professional photographer and entrepreneur now living in a semi rural town South of Sydney, Australia. Wife. Mother. No longer wanting to use the excuse of 'being too busy' to care for the environment, animal welfare and my community.

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