There was a good turn-out for the first Goody Patch “Working Bee” of 2019 on Sunday 3 February – despite the heat.
Stephen Hoepfner once again came to prune GP fruit trees. He also used this opportunity as a master class for the art of summer pruning. Some new growth, around 50%, is removed just above a bud point with the aim of reducing the weight of fruit laden branches. Gardeners then tried out their skills on other trees under Stephen’s supervision. All felt that they had improved their understanding of this method of pruning.
Stephen commented that he thought that the GP was in good shape despite a number of hot days. This is due to the efforts of many gardeners who watered on a roster basis to supplement the garden’s automatic irrigation system, as well as the application of mulch and the judicious use of 50% shade cloth.
More pics of the 3 Feb Working Bee
(Photos: Penny Bridge)
Calendar of dates for 2019 Working Bees
Goody Patch working bees are scheduled on one Sunday morning each month from February to December annually. You don’t have to be a Goody Patch member to participate. Just come along and join us.
The 2018 Goody Patch plant sale was a great success. We were blessed with wonderful weather on the day and most plants were sold by close of business. Other produce including cakes and jams also sold extremely well.
Proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase gardening needs such as mulch, seed raising mix and organic fertilisers as well as funding on-going projects and operating costs allowing the Goody Patch to run as efficiently as possible.
We heartily thank the Goodwood Primary School community, including the wonderful student helpers, the volunteers from the Goody Patch community garden and, of course, those who purchased the plants and produce on the day.
There were 10 Goody Patch gardeners who participated in the 15 July working bee on a perfect sunny Sunday morning. Tasks included the spreading of mulch, pruning and the planting of seeds (tomatoes, cucumbers, rocket and cos lettuce) in preparation for the GP September plant sale.
The next Sunday working bee is scheduled for Sunday 19 August from 9am to 11am. Come and join us! You don’t need to be a member of the Goody Patch to be involved.
2015 Community Grant Project: City of Unley
In 2015 The Goody Patch received funding under the Unley Council Community Grants program to amend and create infrastructure that increases access by those in the community with physical restrictions and disabilities whether they are wheelchair bound, using frames or walking sticks, or pushing prams or pushchairs.
The grant has played a crucial role in providing funding that enabled these changes to be made, with a range of initiatives such as raising garden beds and the installation of a planting and growing table, both of which facilitate ease of access by those with limited mobility or with wheel chairs. Similarly, the paths in the eastern garden spaces have been widened and paved to enable great access by those with walkers, wheelchairs and prams and a number of garden beds have been given over to community planting in particular with sensory plants. Finally, a number of solid seating spaces have been created in shaded zones that further encourages community members to access and rest within these garden spaces.
The Unley Council community grant enabled these infrastructure changes to be made and has also greatly enhanced the beauty of the garden, increasing its capacity to welcome more people to share in this community space.