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Hi everyone,
 
I wanted to remind everyone that we will be planting the Autumn/Winter crop into our newly fertile garden beds on this coming Saturday, April 20. As usual we will start at 10am to avoid the hottest part of the day. The planting should be finished by 1pm. You are all invited to enjoy a BBQ lunch following this event. This is an important event in the gardens calendar as this crop will sustain the garden until the Spring crop is planted in October. I encourage everyone who is free on Saturday to drop by the garden and join in.
 
The olive crop was harvested late last week and we still have several kilo's of prime Kalamata olives that have not yet been claimed by volunteers for processing. It would be such a shame to waste these olives given how great they taste when properly processed. The process is very easy and cheap. Please take a look at the You Tube link I sent to all of you a couple of weeks ago. Julie has already started the process with 3 kg's and the whole thing took about 10 minutes initially. The olives are inside the shed and can be picked up anytime or perhaps take some home with you on Saturday.
 
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in the garden on Saturday.
 
Best wishes,
Greg.

 
Serious weeding of the ground cover and spreading of woodchips, all supervised by our resident wagtail.

This year looks set to give our biggest citrus yield to date. 

What is the Docklands Community Garden?

The Docklands Community Garden is sustained by a group of volunteers and we hope it gives pleasure to our fellow Docklanders and visitors. The volunteers have regular planting days and working bees as well as occasional social events. Funding for plants, fertilisers, maintenance etc. comes substantially from the volunteers and additional donations and sponsorships are welcomed. See our full mission statement at Our Vision.

If you would like to join our volunteers, contact Greg (0408 818 980) for more information.

How does this garden operate?

Many community gardens operate with an annual fee to rent a private garden bed and often have long waiting lists. Such gardens are often locked at night.

Here at Docklands we have decided to have communal garden beds and to not fence off the area from the general public. This has meant trusting our fellow Docklanders to treat the garden with respect.

How can I get involved?

Volunteer gardeners are welcome to take part in planting days and working bees and to become part of the weekly roster for watering and weeding.

If you would like to join our volunteers, contact Greg (0408 818 980) for more information.

Can I pick the vegetables?

The volunteers maintain the garden for the pleasure of all Docklanders and you are welcome to pick the vegetables for your personal cooking. However please only take enough for your next meal and wait until the vegetables are fully mature. Herbs are a good starting point as they regenerate quickly. Check the notice board for a list of plantings that are currently suitable for picking. Remember to wash the vegetables well as they have been in a public place.

Why does it sometimes looks messy or bare?

Some plants are allowed to go to seed. The seeds are then used for cooking (such as coriander seed) or collected for future plantings. Some plants (such as broad beans) are allowed to whither before being dug back into the soil for their nitrogen content.

Some times of year are unsuitable for planting and provide an opportunity for the soil to regenerate. During winter, some of our volunteer gardeners nurture seedlings and young plants on their balconies ready for spring planting.

Compost & Fertiliser

We would love to offer a communal composting facility but that is well beyond our monetary resources. Compost needs to be supervised and contain the right balance of ingredients.

The volunteer gardeners collect the nutrients from a number of worm farms on balconies and rooftops throughout Docklands and the city. Contributions of organic fertiliser are always welcome and can be left outside the shed.

Respecting the space and the gardeners

Please enjoy the garden but remember that it cleaned and maintained by volunteer gardeners and not the council. There is nothing more disheartening for a volunteer after finishing a full day’s work to come down to the garden and find they have to spend half an hour cleaning up cigarette butts before they can do any gardening.

Enjoy the space but please respect it and the volunteer gardeners ask others to do the same.

The birds and the bees

A fruit and vegetable garden can’t survive without bees, beneficial bugs and birds. Numbers of the plantings are bird or bee attracting plants. Some plants are allowed to go to seed because that is the way the birds and bees like them.

How can I contribute?

We are always on the lookout for organic manure and fertilizer. Contributions of tools are also welcome. If you like, you might make a monetary contribution to our small bank account.

If the garden and the work of the volunteer gardeners gives you pleasure you may want to consider giving a little back.

Check the notice board or this website for resources we are looking for at the moment.

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