Photographs from Stage 1 Build of Buxton Community Garden

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. 

Again I would like to take the opportunity to say “thankyou” to all the locals, community groups and businesses who sponsored and supported Buxton Community Garden!!

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Children of our Town say "Thankyou" to local businesses who sponsored and helped make Buxton Community Garden a reality

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With the generous free use of a 'Dingo' (thanks to Picton Hire), Buxton Community Garden stage 1 build was much easier

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Building the first raised garden bed which will be turned into a wicking water reservoir garden bed

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Our first raised garden bed is finished

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Down tools. It's lunch time

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Old black plastic garden pots, reused as planted seed markers - a permanent silver marker was used

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Stage 1 build of Buxton Community Garden is completed - two raised garden beds built and a large planted area (netted to keep birds away)

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The beginning of Buxton Community Garden

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Stage 1 of Buxton Community Garden is completed - this time next year, in 5 years and in 10 years, we will look back at this photo with amazement on how far we have come. We have a big vision!

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Buxton Community Garden grand plan

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Wollondilly Seed Events – This Week

This week in Wollondilly NSW (hour South of Sydney) there are two ‘seed’ themed events that I will be attending.

Friday the 15th of May

I will be running a ‘seed saving’ segment as part of the Picton Country Women’s Association monthly meeting. All Ladies are most welcomed to attend (no cost).  I’ll be sharing tips on saving your own seed from edible plants (saving you from having to buy seed every season). Click on the link above for details.

Saturday the 16th of May

My local Seed Savers group are joining with the Wollondilly Resiliency Network (WReN), for a Community Film Screening of “Open Sesame – The Story of Seeds”. Everyone is most welcomed.  As sests are limited you will need to RSVP (click on link above for details).

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Australia’s Southern Highlands Pottery and Sustainable Farm Visit

On Saturday,  my Seed Savers friends and I visited Steve Harrison and Janine King’s property. Their place is only a ten minute drive from our home.

Both Steve and Janine are very well known Australian potters. They moved to the Southern Highlands 40 years ago to live a sustainable lifestyle.

We all were given a glorious guided tour of their expansive gardens, pottery sheds and produce storage preserves. Everyone brought home made goodies to share for lunch afterwards – a chance to discuss sustainable living ideas.

Steve and Janine thankyou for your warm hospitality.  I (and our Little One) had a wonderful day.

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Happy Australia Day 2015

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Today the 26th of January is Australia Day. The day Australians wear silly hats, patriotic t-shirts and some even paint their face with an Australian flag.  This day is to celebrate all we love about our Nation.  Most will celebrate in the great outdoors today – that is where Australians love to play.

Today my family and I will be heading to a community BBQ with live music, jumping castles and yes children’s face painting, which some adults will partake in. We will be wearing matching Australian t-shirts (why not?).

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From our home, our little slice of Australia, I sincerely wish all my countrymen at home and abroad, happy Australia Day!!

What are you doing today?

Cleaning and Clearing After Mega Rain Storm

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After Friday’s mega rain storm in the Southern Highlands / Wollondilly area, we needed to clear the mess.

My Hubbie photographed ‘Yours Truly’ sawing damaged tree branches – Jane of the Jungle.  There is nothing like putting my gum boots on, rolling my sleeves up and getting to work.

All we need now (after hours of cleaning up) is for the sun to come out and dry the remaining trickling stream – remnants of yesterday’s flowing river and cascading river.

A Mega Rain Storm – Our Poor Garden!

Late yesterday afternoon, the heavens unleashed a mega rain storm.  Within five minutes, water rapids cascaded through our front lawn, creating a flowing river.  We were grateful our home was on stilts.

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After the storm?

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The good news is that the raised wicking beds are all standing and looking good.

I guess we have some cleaning work to do…..