Good news, our grants team (Georgina, Yarrow, Penny, Emily, Michelle and myself (Rhonda)) have been successful in being awarded the maximum amount for a greenhouse ($4K) under the Unley Council Community Grants Scheme.
The next few working bees will involve preparing the location and building the polycarbonate flat packed greenhouse. Graeme will coordinate the building task and is looking for a small group to do it so contact him if you would like work on that. Other work includes levelling the base, drilling holes in the bitumen for the greenhouse legs, erecting shade cloth, setting up a watering system, planting a vine on the fence next to the greenhouse, purchasing materials and organising their delivery. So, there is plenty to do and let Penny or myself know what you are up for.
June 2, 2019 Working Bee
It was a lovely sunny few hours during the working bee on Sunday. Graeme, Caroline and Bevan sorted the compost and there is now a full bale of finished compost for gardeners to add to their plots. Mary, Paula, Georgina, Penny, Irmina, Yvonne and myself (Rhonda) weeded, pruned and potted and we all enjoyed Irmina’s morning tea efforts.
Plant Sale Preparations
Cuppa at the Patch – alternate Fridays from 9.30am – 11am
Preparations for the plant sale are going well. If anyone who can’t attend the Friday Cuppa in the Patch when most of the plant growing and potting is done and can help by raising seeds at home (materials provided) contact me in the next 2 weeks and I can set you up for the task.
The next Cuppa at the Patch is on Friday 14 June 2019
Keep this date free for participation in the Goody Patch working bee on Sunday 7 July starting from around 9.15 am until 11.30 am. Stay for as little or as long as you can – but come!!! Bring your gloves and secateurs.
Working Bee 2 June
Graeme shows us how to create compost from building layers in the start- up-bay to fully composted material for use in our plots and communal areas of the garden.
Working bee – Sunday 5 May 2019
Around 10 plot holders and support gardeners came and worked on a variety of jobs – including more potting for the September plant sale. Thanks to all.
Working Bee dates 2019 below
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.