Community Garden Update and GSC!

It’s been a while since I posted about the Happy Patch Community Garden and given this Saturday was our monthly Working Bee and Produce Swap I thought today was the ideal time to do so.

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There was lots to do in both our own patches and the garden itself. One big job undertaken was the removal of a Callistemon that shadowed the shared community plots (I am pretty sure that is the right name for the tree, please correct me if I am wrong).

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People were kept busy weeding, watering, cutting up green waste for the compost heap, and organising for this year’s Spring Fair. After helping to remove the giant Sunflowers from one of our plots I wandered around admiring the wide variety of produce growing in the other 26 plots.

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The orchard is growing well.

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And there are plenty of herbs growing as well as the fruit and veg.

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There are also lots of flowers for the bees.

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One of our members experimented with  bits and pieces to make a mini insect hotel, a terrific idea!

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Our plots have not been as successful as in previous seasons mainly due to the neglect they suffered due to a very busy 2015 for us both. But we do have three Moon and Star watermelons.

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In our second plot we have the last of the tomatoes – an ‘ugly’ and an Amish – both heirloom varieties from Diggers, both very prolific; during the past two weeks we have picked over 2 kilos of these tomatoes.

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We also have a very small zucchini and a capsicum, I am not sure we will get much from either of them.

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The swap table is always well received. We added a bowl of tomatoes and some Lebanese eggplants and came away with some succulents, a chocolate mint cutting and a piece of shade-cloth.

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It was a beautiful day to be out in the garden.

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Ruby had a lovely time playing with the other children at the working bee.

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And as it is Garden Share Collective time and the theme is Preserve I will also share pics of the goodies I have made in the kitchen this past month.

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Apricot jam.

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Pasta sauce – made with the uglies and Amish tomatoes from the Patch.

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Plum and Port jam.

I will share recipes in future posts!

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About A Kailyard in Adelaide

A Kailyard in Adelaide! We are working hard to be domestically sustainable in the foothills of Adelaide. As we both work fulltime this is not an easy task, but we do our best growing much of our own produce in our yard and in our community garden plots. We reduce, recycle and reuse as much as possible and try hard to not consume mindlessly. We have 5000 l of rainwater, a 5 kw solar system, and use a green energy provider for all our excess needs. Rachel: Mother, partner, teacher, writer, reader, crafter, cook, gardener, artist. Jamie: Father, partner, lecturer, therapist, would-be-politician, gardener, photographer, music lover.
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4 Responses to Community Garden Update and GSC!

  1. Looks wonderful! Brightened up a dreary day here in Birmingham, UK.

  2. What a fantastic garden. I love that you swap materials as well as vegetables. IT must be lovely to be able to share the space with like minded people.

  3. Bek says:

    The patch looks great. I have to try growing Moon and Starts watermelons next year!

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