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Working Bee

The Roxburgh Park Community Garden is cracking on. We just had a working bee and workshops down there. Thanks to all who joined in. Special thanks to Maria for the lovely lunch!

We espaliered an apple along the fence. Planted some passion fruit & choko along the fence too! Don’t forget to train your vines sideways at first so that your plants bush up at the bottom as well as the top!

We planted up a herb garden with both edible plants & insect attracting plants and put in a super crop of asparagus. That’ll be ready to harvest from next spring. We’ll refrain from picking them this year so that the plants get a good chance to grow strong & establish themselves. We’ll keep topping them up with mounds of well rotted sheep manure so that they are well fed.

My asparagus at home have established themselves quite well now. They’re planted along side my rhubarb underneath the mulberry trees in the front yard. It’s the perfect spot – the mulberries protect them from the harsh summer sun and it’s a bed that doesn’t see too much action so they aren’t disturbed very often. I’m expecting big things from that bed this year!

 

 

 

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Hume’s Environmental Champions

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I’ve had a great day out with Hume’s Environmental Champions today. We had a lovely day trip around the district visiting various environmentally sustainable projects. We started the day out at Meadows Primary School to check out their wonderful facilities. The school is powered by wind energy that is produced on site. There are enormous stores of fresh water collected off the roof and the school has within its grounds a community garden for friends of the school and local residents.

They are also involved with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program so the kids have their own garden too. The school are always keen to hear from willing volunteers so if you are in the area and have a few hours free Maureen would love to hear from you =)

We went out to a new community garden development in Mickleham. It’s a part of the “Network Of Gardens” project that is being established – more on that soon!

Then we headed off to Sunbury for lunch at Just Planet. Norman and Lee Palumbo have a lovely cafe that specialises in ethically sourced raw food. You can also buy all manner of fair trade items from chocolate to hand woven baskets.

We wrapped up the day with a visit to the Evans Street Grassland in Sunbury. It is one of the most diverse grassland sites in Victoria with over 180 species present on the 4 ha site. Well worth a visit, particularly in spring when the wildflowers burst into colour.

What are you up to this weekend?

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