It was good to be home after three and a bit weeks away. Arriving back late in the evening, I couldn’t wait till the morning to view my garden. I had been wondering how the garden would cope without my attention for almost a month.
In the early morning light, I grabbed my camera phone to capture the first glimpses of the ‘reunion’.
Well as you can see the garden not only survived but perhaps thrived in my absence (I like that I need my garden more than it needs me).
A traditional scare crow man in a brand new housing estate, community garden
Putting money into the donation box to support the community garden
Beautifully designed raised garden beds in a community garden
A community garden sign to encourage envolvement with the garden - my kind of sign
A shared raised garden plot in the community garden
Community garden local business supporters
Little One and I, are still in the sunshine state of Australia (Queensland). I have been here for work (while poor Daddy has been home the majority of time for work).
As my Mum and family live here, Little One and I have been having lots of fun in the sunshine – work, play and family time. We have been staying with family in their brand new home in a brand new estate.
The brand new housing estate (where we are staying) has a community garden which appears to be installed by the developers – to help build the ‘community’ and hence sell the houses. Just think about that last statement for a moment. Could growing your own food and community interaction, now be a ‘value add’ by developers?
Never thought I would see the day that property developers would see value in a community garden. This is probably more from their acknowledgment of the buyers wants and needs rather than their change of values – if you know what I mean.
Currently it is 4am in the morning. I have been awake since 2.30am. Getting out of bed to do something productive is not my preferred option – it is just too cold and may wake the sleeping family.
So now I am hiding under the covers so the illuminated light from my mobile phone doesn’t awake my husband.
Sharing a photograph of flowering broccolini at 4am just feels appropriate (not sure why).
I have allowed one full bed of brocollini to flower this season because it attracts the bees and because it also attracts me to the garden too – as very little is currently flowering. Don’t worry there is plenty of brocollini to eat.
Buxton Community Garden will now be building wicking (water reservoirs) inside the raised garden frames. The purpose of this is to save water and help with watering – like a self watering system.
The date to build the wicking water reservoirs is September the 27th. Everyone is welcome to come along and learn while getting involved (or welcome to just watch). This is a FREE event. Children are welcomed and encouraged to get involved too.
It is hard to believe that last week it was snowing 30 minutes away from our house (very unusual). This week the nights are still very cold but the days are bathed with warm sunshine.
Time to venture outside after our recent hibernation stint. Time to finally pick the winter mandarins.
This photographed mandarin tree is a miniature variety. We have had this tree and pot since we lived in the inner City of Sydney. Proof that you can still grow vegetables and fruit even if you have very little outside space. Space doesn’t limit you – your imagination and belief does.
Stage 1 of Buxton Community Garden is complete!! What’s next? We are planning two workshops on basic composting and building water reservoir, raised garden beds (wicking beds) – information coming soon. Both workshops will be in September.
Stage 2 of our community garden will see more raised garden beds, building our meeting area, establish a three bay compost bin system and worm farm.