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WHAT'S ON AT THE GARDEN

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NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS

Dear Members

All members have a duty of care to one another to ensure we work in a safe and a virus-free environment using the social distancing measures.

•  Friday morning tea starts at 10am
•  Please bring your own cup/thermos to the garden as the club cups are off limits.
•  Exercise a 1.5 metre social distance between each other as some of our members are elderly.
•  If you are unwell, please don’t attend the gardens (stay home and recover).
•  Bring garden tools from home.
•  If you need to use club tools, please ensure you wear latex or dish washing gloves when using the tools.
•  Dish washing gloves can be cleaned.
•  Garden gloves are not sufficient protection against this virus.
•  All members are asked to sign in and out of the attendance book every time they visit the Gardens.

JOIN OUR MARCH STREET COMMUNITY GARDENS FACEBOOK GROUP
Members are encouraged to join the Gardens Facebook Group.
Click on the link below to request to join the Group.
 
WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE BY ALL MEMBERS

•  Remove the weeds from pathways and your gardens weekly.
•  Please take noxious weeds home with you or place in the green bin for pick up by Council – don’t place it in the compost bays.
•  Plants overhanging pathways between garden beds need to be pruned back regularly.
•  The continuation of the weeding of the Camellia beds, the pathways around the community beds and anywhere weeds have sprouted due to the rain and humid weather.
•  The continuation of the preparation and cleaning up of the community beds. Members are asked not to plant random plants in the community beds.

Regards. John Hoskin, President

GARDEN NEWS

PREPARATION OF GARDENS HEDGING & BEAUTIFICATION

In late December, Newcastle Council removed a wide strip of the lawn from the grassed area in preparation for the planning and planting out of the new hedges and eventually planting of scented roses between the two different height hedges – which is the beginning of beautifying the area and entrance.
 
With inspiration from Rodin’s gardens in Paris, this structured hedged look will add visual interest to capture the eye and a path leading across the lawn to a garden seat and entrance through the hedges into the garden bed area beyond. Keep your eyes open for the changes being made between December 2020 and January 2021.

UPDATE – The two rows of hedges have been planted with the help of John, Bill and Michelle with a big thank you to Bob for his healthy hedging plants.  UPDATE – John has included an updated photo of the new hedged area in the February 2021 Weed-it Magazine with the area now planted out and mulched… next will be the soft pink and deep pink scented roses! this is going to look and smell amazing when it’s completed.

Planting and Soil Temperature

There are four essential elements for seed germination. These are water, air, soil conditions, and temperature. Click the link to the left to download a PDF that has information about soil temperatures for seedling planting

COMPOSTING BAYS COMPLETED

The finishing touches were made on the composting bays in early June. Many thanks go to Tristan, Brian, Greg, John, Stan, John, Ray. A special thank you to Mark Pepperall for helping us source the timber pallets for construction.  

Also I would like to thank Greg Horan for his assistance with the construction of the back supporting wall of the compost bays.

The internals of each bay are lined in shade cloth and each bay is large enough to allow for the piles to be turned over as it breaks down. The piles are covered in a large piece of carpet to keep the heat in and speed up the decomposition. John’s had his heat gun on it and it is up around 75oC which is perfect for killing any weed seeds.

Can we all water the community beds as we are making inroads to make these productive for our communal benefit. Preparing the beds also assists with crop rotation, which is beneficial to soil and plant growth.

OUR HONEY HAS A NEW LOOK!

On Friday 4 Setpember we unveiled the new label design for the March Street Community Gardens honey. This liquid gold is 100% Hunter Valley, Australia honey.
 
With the help of Margaret, John and Michelle the labels were whipped onto the freshly bottled honey. A big thank you to Bill and Rose for their time to prepare, filter and fill the honey into jars for us all to enjoy.  All money made goes back into improvements and buying plants for the gardens.
 
John has also been out selling the honey to the neighbours and has now sold all the jars he had. Great effort John!  Honey is available on Friday mornings at the Gardens for $10 a jar ($8 a jar for members).
 
We have over 40+ jars available for sale. Dropin on a Friday morning between 9am-11am or see John to purchase or place an order email: secretary@mscgardens.org

 

Spring Picnic & Celebrating
21 Years - Sun 27 Sept @ 1pm

The Committee is organising a Spring Picnic for its members and to celebrate 21 years of the Gardens ongoing success!

To be held on Sunday 27 September at 1 pm, at the March Street Gardens. Members are asked to bring their own picnic lunch, chair and/or blanket.  There will be a cake and a raffle.

Due to Covid and social distancing the Picnic is limited to 20 members only.  Please RSVP as soon as possible to Bill & Rose via email to:   nova2@tpg.com.au

Let’s get together and celebrate Spring and turning 21 in our flourishing gardens. Hope you can join us!

NEW COMMITTEE ELECTED

After the AGM which was held on Friday 10 July, we have some new members on our Committee to steer the gardens for the 12 months ahead.
 
Chairman – John Hoskin

Secretary – Michelle Hessing

Treasurer – Bill Ayre
Photographer – Stan Rupnik
Community Plots & Party Coordinator – Rose Ayre
 
Members are encourage to assist in cleaning up and clearing away any unwanted items that have accumulated so we can begin the beautification of the gardens.
 
Correspondence and all enquiries can be emailed directly to the Secretary, Michelle Hessing on – michelle@accentia.com.au
 

Community Beds

Two of our members, Angela and Sandy have been working on the community beds and have planted many new seedlings for us all to eventually enjoy. Please remember to water our community beds.

Tristan’s kale is coming along and members will notice the relocating of some veges as we attempt to organise our planting layout.  We are keeping like produce together, so that next season we can rotate each plot and change what is being grown to assist with soil health and retaining nutrients. 

The various garden plots are starting to come alive with the new veges and flowers beginning to bloom.  We also have a few new members – which is terrific to see.

VIDEOS

The Secret Life of plants in bloom

Soil Success - from ABC Gardening Australia

Tomatoes - from ABC Gardening Australia

Worm Farms - from ABC Gardening Australia

Ideas for Urban Gardening - from ABC Gardening Australia