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Marching through March

The Month of March was all about observation and design; Through observing the strengths and limitations of our site we will be able to work around, through or just build over any future problems. Here's what we got...

 

1.    Boy do we need shade! The first limitation to our community garden will be the Community itself if we don't have a nice place for our gardeners to spend their down time; Calling any carpenters, we have a job for you! 

2.    Next up is improving the soil; we have gathered the materials, all we need now is a maternal someone to spoon feed our growing little beds; horse manure, grass clippings and a little mulch on top.

3.  Who could miss the murmuring of the dry season winds? we have had plenty of shade cloth waiting to be used and a wind barrier seems like a great way to use it. help us attach it to the fence and the first crop of tomatoes are yours!

 

 

April Holidays

April saw plenty of aching muscles and sweaty brows as we weeded the site, moved tones of horse manure, stacks of grass clippings, mulched the soil, gathered materials and began to sow seed. Our site is over 500m square; ladies and gentlemen we have a big job on our hands. But, with hard work comes reward; if we can get this garden productive soon, then we have some serious potential for huge volumes of fresh produce! and as the saying goes first come first served or in this case, volunteers get first dibs!

May and the Crazy Squash

A lot has changed since my first meeting with the Pony Club Community Garden in March; the seasons have moved from the blasting summer heat and given away to cooler breezes and balmy afternoons. The red soil is being replaced by wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow of mulch, keeping the dust under our feet and the weeds at bay.

 

The community has gathered, helped sow seeds and we have watched as the first pumpkins have pushed their way through the very soil we had prepared for them. Volunteers made cupboards from pallets and trellis from bed heads; putting ideas and skills together in an attempt to morph this idea of a community garden into a reality. Our favorite addition had got to be this old bumper bar; now being used to hold back the mighty force of our run away squash.

BGC contracting Busy Bee

The morning was cool, the sun was shining, the wind was strong...all things reflected and in our group of volunteers from BGC contracting.

To get up before 9:00 on a Sunday is one thing, but these guys got up, got to the garden and worked hard for a solid three hours, more for the guys dedicated to constructing out materials bays.

 

We got more done in four hours on Sunday then I could have ever dreamed for the entire growing season! The cleared the whole garden site of the ugly pliles of soil laying around, weeded, planted, trimmed, dug, constructed. you name it; these guys got it done.

 

Beyond what we got done I can honestly say that this was one of the most positive events iv had the pleasure to attend, I recommend anyone in need of a pick me up to join us for our next one in august. Specific dates and times will be released closer to the date.

The Tune of June

Through hard work and determination our Community Garden space has taken a huge step closer to become the vegetable oasis we all want it to be. Allow me to guide you through this growing space;

The first section you will see when you enter is “the yard”, this is where your boots and shovel belong. It is in this area we work in bulk. Our newly constructed compost bays enable us to receive truckloads of green waste which will develop into our soil, over time this will develop into our vegetables. This method of onsite conversion of trash to treasure saves the garden huge costs in water, mulch and soil amendments, while also saving our soil from being lost to land fill.  No doubt “the yard” is not the pretty end of the garden but it deserves more recognition than it will ever receive.

The next section of the garden has been named  “the kitchen” as this is the area that cooks up all our veggies, fruits and spices; defined by the solid mass of mulch that springs under foot, this second section of the garden is full of texture, color and is seriously alive with insects and plants. With huge amounts of space allocated to garden beds this area has the potential to pump out massive quantities of food. But not just any food, we are producing organic crops; we are saving our own seeds and eventually will be producing veggies specially adapted to the Pilbara. It is in this space that we invite the most weird and wonderful foods and flavors to take root. This space needs to be jam packed with delicious crops… and yes, I did say “jam” packed; food puns are always welcome in “the kitchen”.

Moving through “the kitchen” you will reach the third and final space in our Community Garden, a homely corner nestled between our garden space and the rolling pretty pool dunes; we call this section “the Lounge Room”. In this far end of the garden we do things differently, in this space plants need not perform the sole purpose of producing food, a nice flower or shady leaf could be reason enough. In this space we want to see artworks and furniture collect. This space is for us, the people; as humans we sometimes require a little more than adequate water and sunlight to thrive. That is why we are developing “the lounge room” this space is allocated for two legged animals to relax, recline and enjoy. In “the Lounge Room” we are able to screen movies, have a cook up and play some music; in this space we are able to enjoy the garden past the gloves and watering can. It is in “the Lounge Room” that we make the garden our home and create the gardens community. So weather you’re at home in “The Yard”, “The Kitchen” or “The Lounge Room”, the community garden has a space for you. Contact Care For Hedland’s Garden Coordinator for more information garden@careforhedland.org.au.

Dry July

July saw the start of something new and exciting; fresh stems sat adjacent to red earth, flowers formed and ants by the thousand took to the garden pollinating melons and zucchini. Our bumper harvest edged closer, beans climbing trellises and energized us to keep on, while the vibrant yellow of sunflowers reminded us of the intense summer sun that always sits in the back of a Pilbara gardeners mind.