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WEST LEEDERVILLE COMMUNITY GARDEN

NEWSLETTER           February 2014

WELCOME to your February 2014 Newsletter

Screen Shot 2014-02-14 at 9.49.39 pmThis can be such a difficult time of the year for your veggie garden. In spite of our excellent and well maintained reticulation system, many plants tend to suffer unless protected by shade cloth, ground cover (pea straw, grass or wood chip mulch) or being clustered with other plants creating a dense environment. For more information, click on the link below to read the full PDF.

 

Newsletter February 2014

Spade to Table Celebration

Presented by West Leederville Community Garden and Town of Cambridge
Sponsored by Water Corporation 

Sunday, 6 October 2013 11AM—3PM

Come and join us for a day out at the West Leederville Community Garden Retaining wall

Free entry and parking

11:30am to 12:30pm: Bush Food presented by Beyond Gardens
12:30pm to1:30pm: Composting & Worm Farming with Mindarie Regional Council 1:30pm to 2:30pm: Food Gardens presented by Beyond Gardens

Permaculture Displays and Eco Shop
Family Entertainment with the Eco Faeries and Face Painting
West Oz Wildlife Animals
Dog Handling Demonstration with the Town’s Ranger
Mosaic Making
Community Garden Stall
Live music performed by SUFFA the Ukulele Band
Coffee Van
Sausage Sizzle (Veggie alternatives available) and Refreshments
Neil and Jenny Delmage Author’s of 12 Gardens book sale and signing
Garden Tours and more!

If you would like to print our 2013 Flyer to put up at work or school, we would be most grateful!

West Leederville Community Garden
56 Cambridge Street, West Leederville – opposite Abbotsford Street (sports club side) Buses 81, 82, 83, 85 & 92 to & from Wellington Street Bus Station

Garden Committee Minutes

West Leederville Community Garden

Committee meeting minutes: 25 August, 2013

Present: Carole Duffill, Anne Lake, Lesley Letham, Felicity Simpson, Sue Taylor, Lou Toy, Ted Williamson.

Apologies: Peg Davies

1. Spade 2 Table

Sausage Sizzle

Ted agreed to run the sausage sizzle on the day and to produce a list of equipment used at last year’s stall.

Action: Ted

The Youth Centre will be invited to staff the stall and may be asked to provide some of the equipment/facilities required (as they did last year).

Janine will be contacted to confirm the requirements for the Sizzle.

Action: Felicity

Preserves

Felicity will check with the West Leederville Primary School to determine if it is possible to use their kitchen to make preserves to sell at the Sausage Sizzle stall.

Action: Felicity

Assistance on the day

The list of people available to help on the day is not yet finalised.

Flyer about the Garden

TOC will be asked if they will print the information flyer about the Garden

Action: Felicity

Publicity 

Flyer advertising S2T

Lou will provide feedback to Jessica and Janine about changes that we would like the TOC to make to  the flyer advertising S2T

Action: Lou

Other advertising

Felicity has volunteered to

  •  include information in the next WLCG news letter
  • contact the Community Garden Association and give them details to provide to their organisations
  • advertise S2T on Radio 990
  • provide text/information for the Little Aussie Directory (a space is booked for this)
  • write an article for The Subiaco Post and the Western Suburbs Weekly
  • provide information about the event with the WLRA facebook page

Action: Felicity

Other activities

Anne will organise mosaic making. This was very popular last year with kids and some assistance for Anne was required.

Action: Anne

TOC will provide information about the S2T in the TOC newsletter.

2. Working Bee

This will be held from 10:00 am Sunday 22nd September. Its aim is to tidy the area for S2T (the verge collection will occur the week beginning September 30), and to locate the new raised garden beds assuming the reticulation is in place.

It would be good if people could stay for lunch and those who do are  asked to bring something to share.

Action: All members

3. Plot update – Lou

Membership application forms which can be given to interested visitors to the Garden are now available in a box in the shed.

Although there are currently some vacant plots, Lou has a list of ‘potential’ applicants and it is expected that these plots will be taken over in the next few weeks.

Anne Lake may take over one of the raised beds (in place of the fridge gardens). The others will initially be used for trialling options eg native food plants, flowers, unusual vegetables.

4. Treasurer’s Report – Sue

Most members have either paid their fees or contacted Sue about paying them. A new code for the gate will be set from September 1 and provided to current members.

Contacting membership with code details

Action: Sue

Setting the new lock code

Action:  Lou and Greg

5. Reticulation

The reticulation will be turned on again in September.

Greg and Andrew have decided where to put the new reticulation in the area with the raised garden beds. This will be done in the next couple of weeks.

6. Southwest corner of the Garden

Experience indicates that it is very difficult to grow anything in the small southwest general garden area which is bordered on two sides by the passionfruit covered fence. As a consequence the area often looks unattractive. There was a brief discussion on how the area could be better used and made more attractive. Ideas included paving the area and using it for seating (perhaps roofed).

Community Garden News

Newsletter September 2013

Click on the link above for the newsletter PDF.

It contains great information about our garden and announces the

2013 Spade to Table    October 6th 11 am to 3 pm

This year our big event is presented by the West Leederville Community Garden, the Town of Cambridge and sponsored by the Water Corporation. There are lots of exciting things to look forward to. Here are some of the highlights…..

  • 11.30-12.30 Bush Food presented by Beyond Gardens
  • 12.30-13.30 Composting & Worm Farming with Mindarie Regional Council
  • 13.30-14.30 Food Gardens presented by Beyond Gardens
  • Permaculture display and Eco Shop
  • Family entertainment with the Eco Faeries, face painting and mosaic making
  • West Oz wildlife animals
  • Ranger and dog handling demonstration
  • Ukulele Band
  • Coffee van
  • Sausage sizzle
  •  Authors Neil and Jenny Delmage of 12 Gardens will be there for book signing and sales

There is also lots of information about what to plant at this time of year, and an invitation to join us at our working bee on September 22nd, 10 am to 12:30 pm. We will be constructing and planting our new, home-made raised garden beds. You might get some great ideas for home!

Seedy news

If you don’t already get PermacultureWest newsletters in your email, please let me direct you to the current edition, which has important news for all gardeners – not just weird greenies – on the supply of your seeds.

Seed Tax

http://permaculturewest.org.au/news/permaculturewest-winter-enews

If you are interested in local seed sharing, or just learning more about gardening, come and join us at the local community garden on Saturday afternoons!

Garden AGM

West Leederville Community Garden –  2013 Annual General Meeting

Overall, the garden is looking great! Compared to this time last year, most plots are flourishing. There is a warm sense of community, of working together towards common goals, sharing produce, seeds, seedlings, as well sharing ideas and ways of dealing with common problems.Pergola

Present:            Peg Davies, Carole Duffill, Veronica Geary, Andrew Hall, Wendy Lee, Lesley Letham, Mike Perring, Felicity Simpson, Sue Taylor, Lou Toy, Ted Williamson,

Apologies:       Anne Lake, David Letham, Eversley Mortlock

1. Co-ordinator’s Report: Felicity Simpson, Co-ordinator 2012/2013

Felicity provided a Report to the Annual General Meeting 2013 outlining the Garden’s main events and developments for the year.

After presenting the report Felicity suggested a range of projects with some possible sources of funding  that members might like to consider for the next year. These included hosting more outside events centred around environmental education, gardening and sustainability, installing a compost toilet and lighting with solar panels, publishing a book about the Garden and holding sessions on bush food.

Overall the year went very well and the Garden had continued to provide a place where community members could meet others in the area while enjoying the benefits of gardening and locally grown produce.

The group thanked Felicity for her hard work, creative ideas and fellowship during the year.

 

Over the past 12 months……. Improvements include:

Top of the list is the pergola. After long delays, our Lotterywest-funded pergola was finally finished this week, giving the Garden much needed shelter, a focal point for meetings as well as somewhere to sit and chat over a cup of tea or coffee. Construction was a solid team effort. Special thanks to Michael, Lou, Ted, Anne, and John Littlewood from Adelaide. And for their help with the initial cutting and lifting the heavy jarrah timber, thank you Andrew and Adam. A big thank you also to Maitland and Marg Osborne who donated the timber and roofing tin.

Another very useful improvement is the sink behind the pergola. Thank you Michael for building the frame and Greg for making the plumbing work.

The corrugated iron bay for grass clippings from the Bowling Club, near the back gate, was generously built by Todd Dolling who also donated the four kiwi fruit planted near the front gate.

Garden happenings

Spade to Table, 23 September 2012: Was a successful, happy event with a good variety of stalls and presentations. It was very well attended. We learned a lot about setting up and management and enthusiastically anticipate applying these lessons to the next Spade to Table which will be merged with the Town of Cambridge’s Sustainability Festival on Sunday October 6.

Xmas Celebration: A successful Sundowner was held on Friday November 16. The turnout of TOC staff and councillors was impressive. There was great finger food and the new beach umbrellas worked beautifully in the hot late afternoon sun.

An Earthcarers Event organised by Peg Davies at the garden included 5 sessions over three weeks with tours, information sessions, hands on, speakers etc, and all in places where something interesting was happening with ‘waste’ and discarded materials. As part of this program, EarthCarers had a wormfarming, composting and Bokashi bucket day at the garden on Saturday March 23rd.

Working Bees are an essential component of keeping the garden reasonably tidy and are often organised to coincide with TOC verge clean ups. Working bee dates in the past 12 months include:

  • o Saturday 6 March
    o Saturday 6 April to coincide with Council cleanup in the afternoon to take advantage of the verge pickup in April. It focussed on clearing the area to the right of the main gate.
    o Sunday 19 May 2013.


General Garden Business

Town of Cambridge. We continue our excellent relationship with the Town of Cambridge and this year we’ll share our Spade to Table event with the Town of Cambridge’s Sustainability Festival. The dilemma of the pergola construction, at one stage in limbo because the land on which it was to be built is not Town of Cambridge property, was finally solved when Janine Roets, our lovely TOC Liaison Officer, let us know that the Building Regulations had changed. This change allowed us to build a structure of no more than 2.4 metres high and covering “an area not exceeding 20 m2”. It also helped progress the pergola’s construction when the owners of the property next door informed the Town of Cambridge that they had no objections to an additional structure on their land.

Grass clippings: The Bowling Club generously supplies us with grass clippings for our compost bays.

Plot sitting: This concept is slowly becoming established. For those who take up the opportunity, it means extra watering if required during summer, fewer problem weeds, removal of dead plants and infestations and peace of mind. The plot minder(s) also get to eat surplus produce!

Bike stands and concrete apron outside the front entrance. The Town of Cambridge want to complete this before the end of June. It entails a terracotta-coloured concrete triangle which follows the line of the path from the car park to the garden and abuts the garden’s fence line. Two extra bike racks will be installed.

Raised garden beds: Next on the construction list is a raised garden bed using some of the corrugated iron left over from pergola construction so instead of throwing out plastic bottles, please bring them down to the garden where they can be used as under-soil fill under in the raised beds. If the experimental 3m x 1m model works, Michael will build some more. Blessings Michael.

Allocation of basic garden tasks for 2012-13:

Bins – Ted Williamson
Compost – Felicity Simpson
Communal Gardens – Lou Toy
Equipment Maintenance – Lesley & David Letham
Mulching – Sue Taylor
Plot Sitting – Antje Holderbach
Pruning – Carole Duffill
Reticulation – Greg Toy, Gresley Dowdell
Tidying/cleaning – Carole Duffill & Lou Toy
Whipper snipper – Ted Williamson & Ian Johnston
Worms – Peg Davies

Many thanks to everyone who carried out their allocated tasks. A special thank you to Lou for her quiet coordination of everything that really matters, and to Greg for looking after all the reticulation and not complaining when we stuff something up, again.

In conclusion

The garden continues to be a happy place with a rich sense of community. Our capacity to grow our own vegetables so close to the city with an ever increasing population density around us is very special. We have a unique opportunity to share our vision of sustainability with the wider community and I look forward to many future opportunities to do so.

Felicity

Present:            Peg Davies, Carole Duffill, Veronica Geary, Andrew Hall, Wendy Lee, Lesley             Letham, Mike Perring, Felicity Simpson, Sue Taylor, Lou Toy,

Ted Williamson,

 

Apologies:       Anne Lake, David Letham, Eversley Mortlock

 

1. Co-ordinator’s Report: Felicity Simpson, Co-ordinator 2012/2013

 

Felicity provided a Report to the Annual General Meeting 2013 outlining the Garden’s main events and developments for the year.

 

These included:

 

  • improvements

erecting the Lotterywest funded pergola, providing a working sink and building the bay for grass clippings – added greatly to Garden functionality

 

  • events

organising Spade to Table, holding the Xmas Sundowner, and providing a venue for Earthcarers – raised our community profile

 

holding working bees – helped tidy, maintain and develop the Garden area

 

The Report also commented on the ongoing support from the Town of Cambridge and especially from their Liaison Officer Janine Roets, their plans to improve the area immediately outside the Garden entrance and the agreement with the Bowling Club to supply grass clippings. Members were thanked for their participation in plot sitting and for assuming responsibility for overseeing ongoing maintenance tasks. Special thanks went to Lou Toy for coordinating much of this and Greg Toy for oversight of the the reticulation.

 

The next project, the construction of raised garden beds is already underway and Michael Furlong was thanked for his contribution in building these and the pergola with some other members.

 

After presenting the report Felicity suggested a range of projects with some possible sources of funding  that members might like to consider for the next year. These included hosting more outside events centred around environmental education, gardening and sustainability, installing a compost toilet and lighting with solar panels, publishing a book about the Garden and holding sessions on bush food.

 

Overall the year went very well and the Garden had continued to provide a place where community members could meet others in the area while enjoying the benefits of gardening and locally grown produce.

 

The group thanked Felicity for her hard work, creative ideas and fellowship during the year.

2. Treasurer’s Report: Sue Taylor, Treasurer 2012/2013

Sue provided details of expenditure during the year and the current financial situation to members via email before the meeting.

Although the Garden has managed adequately with the current income from fees and additional support from members and some grants, Sue reminded everyone that one of the Garden’s aims was to demonstrate the use of recycled materials. Continuing to do this rather than buy new materials if at all possible not only supported our aims but impacted on budget expenditure.

She explained the changes that had been made to maintain a separate account for the Garden and the difficulties associated with accepting membership payments by cheque. For these reasons cheques will no longer be accepted and members will be asked to pay fees directly into the Garden’s account using electronic banking. If unable to do that, cash payments to a committee member can be accepted.

3. Committee membership for 2013/2014

All officer bearers were elected unopposed.

Co-ordinator:    Felicity Simpson  (Nominated Carole Duffill, seconded Lou Toy)

Treasurer:      Sue Taylor  (Nominated Felicity Simpson, seconded Mike Perring)

Committee:    Peg Davies, Carole Duffill, Anne Lake, Lesley Letham, Mike Perring, Lou Toy, Ted Williamson

 

4. Task Allocation

Bins Ted Williamson
Compost making Felicity Simpson
Equipment maintenance Lesley and David Letham
General Maintenance Michael Furlong
Mulching Sue Taylor
Plot sitting and allocation Lou Toy
Pruning Carole Duffill/Wendy Lee
Reticulation Greg Toy/Andrew Hall
Whipper Snipper Felicity Simpson/Ted Williamson
Worms Peg Davies

5. Other Business

5.1 Spade to Table

Anne Lake will contact the TOC to find out more details about their plans for their Sustainability events in October.

It was agreed that the Garden would not hold another Spade to Table event this year but would be very pleased to make the Garden available to the TOC if it wanted to host outside Sustainability events there this year. If this were to happen, Garden members would also consider hosting some ‘low key’ activities to support the TOC events.

5.2 Community Workshops

Peg Davies volunteered to run sessions in her areas of expertise if the Garden decided to run some community workshops on composting, worm farms and related environmental issues.

Next AGM: Date to be decided in 2014

Gardens in the City

Perth Sustainability Day: Saturday, 11 May 2013, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  The multi-award-winning Great Gardens team will be back in the City of Perth with another Sustainability Day. This fun and free event includes a full program of live performances, talks and activities designed to inspire and empower the Perth community towards sustainable living.  Join talented kids’ educators Captain Cleanup and the Eco-Faeries as they entertain and engage the kids. Spend some time exploring the activities in the KidZone.  Adults won’t miss out either! With a range of interesting and inspiring stalls and exhibits, plus plenty of free advice, the Great Gardens Sustainability Day is a great excuse for a day out in the City of Perth. Celebrity hosts Steve Wood, Chris Ferreira, Peter Coppin and friends will give great ideas for creating beautiful, practical urban gardens that use a fraction of the water and nutrients.   Join us as we celebrate Compost Awareness Week – celebrating the magic of compost towards making sustainable and beautiful landscapes.  Through talks, activities and performances, learn to grow your own delicious, nutritious food easily at home in any sized garden, plus learn the joys of recycling and composting to help make your garden grow! Worm farming, chook handling, living smart and other performances are just the start of an event with plenty of interactive activities and opportunities to enjoy a more sustainable home and garden. Where: Forrest Place, between Wellington & Murray Streets, Perth, Western Australia 6000. Getting There: Walk, Train, Bus, Bicycle Web:http://theforeverproject.com.au/our-events.aspx

Community Garden News

Hi all

We need to hold an AGM before the end of May and you’re warmly invited to attend the meeting on
Sunday 19 May at 4pm.
This is also a great opportunity to have a short Working Bee beforehand (starting at 2pm).
Activities requiring attention include:

  • Moving the small shed from the Garden entrance to the Biowise bay at the far end of the garden where it will become a dry home for straw.  Moving the shed will free up space in the Garden entry area.
  • Spreading wood chip compost along  paths between plots.
  • Clearing the rear general garden of pumpkin and other spreading summer plants
  • Trimming grass from the rear fenceline.
  • Mulching the pile of old couch grass.
By now most of you will be aware of our handsome new Sardinia blue pergola (the Blue Room?) – the perfect spot for sitting idly with a cup of tea after a busy gardening session, for AGMs, presentations and lots more. A smart new outdoor blind (also blue!) to reduce sun glare will be installed next week.
There is a new Garden resource available on the Garden Resources page (thank you Sue and Ken) and on CD. There are free CDs in the Frog Shed. This resource evolved out of the old manual and now has three sections: the story of the Garden’s development from inception, a practical gardening section full of useful information for local conditions and a Spade to Table recipe book with photos from that special day last year. Also lots of great vegetarian food ideas, most of which were contributed by Garden members.
Bring yourself, lots of enthusiasm and a plate to share after the AGM.

Looking forward to seeing you on 19 May!

Felicity

 

Community Garden Working Bee

What a great working bee last Saturday! What a lot was achieved!  And thank
you to those of you who found the time to pitch in during the week.
Pergola
Rampant morning was trimmed back, overgrown plots cleared, lower general
garden area thoroughly weeded, dead and unloved plants removed from the
upper general garden (although the eggplants inexplicably vanished) compost
built up, wheelbarrows repaired, and a lively team started building the
pergola.

To continue the pergola, Michael will be at the Garden from 11.00 next
Saturday with a boot full of tools . Helpers warmly welcomed!

Felicity

Earth Carers are coming to a garden near you!

You are warmly invited to join

Earth Carers

composting, worm farming and bokashi bucket day

at the Community Garden

23rd March 10 am to 2.30.

Everyone is welcome to come along. We will provide lunch and munchies too so please let Peg know if you can come. Telephone (08) 9384 4003

It will be done by Brenda and Rob from Environment House and they will bring some of the shop for bods to get stuff they might like.