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Taroona Neighbourhood Garden Inc.

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All Working bees

cancelled until further notice

Garden Clubs Aust Southern Zone

April Newsletter

 


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What to plant and sow now (April)

PLANT: Garlic cloves and seedlings of salad and spring onions, late leeks, winter lettuce, silverbeet, mini-cauliflower, broccoli, potatoes (early, frost-free districts only) and green manure crops.

SOW: Spring and salad onions, English spinach, Japanese turnip, broadbeans and Asian cabbages and root crops.

(Courtesy of Peter Cundall's Guide)

For more see our growing page: https://taroona.tas.au/neighbourhood-garden/planting-calendar/


 

Winter vegetables to sow now and eat within in 30 days! Suitable for pots or plots!

Leaf lettuce (non-hearting): pick off leaves as needed.

Spinach: should reach 'baby leaf' stage in 30 days.

*Bok Choy and other Asian Greens: definitely sow seeds, not nursery seedlings which will just bold from transplant shock.

*Mustard Greens: Also good as a sprout crop in a jar.

*Radishes: Never fail to germinate and grow quickly - many varieties available. Sow seeds, never transplant seedlings

*Baby carrots: ie the special 'baby' variety.

* Never buy seedlings of these varieties- sow directly where they are to grow.

Nurseries and seed sellers also have a range of sprouting seeds to grow in a jar in the kitchen.


 2020 working bees - will resume when restrictions are lifted

These are generally held on a Sunday afternoon after the second Tuesday of the month (our committee meeting date), from 2-4 with shared afternoon tea at 4pm. All are welcome.

Sunday 15 February, 15 March, 19 April, 17 May, 14 June, 19 July, 16 August, 13 September, 18 October, 15 November, 13 December.


 

About Us

Our Mission

TNG aims to provide a sunny open space for local residents and students to learn organic gardening skills, grow nutritious food and engage in healthy outdoor exercise.

The TNG will help to reduce carbon footprints and assist in protecting food security by growing vegetables, herbs and flowers locally.

Enquiries to tng.member.news@gmail.com

TNG is now a member of Garden Clubs Australia - see more about GCA here 

 

Community plot planted out 1st. May 2 016Community plot planted out 1st. May 2 016

Our Committee

Executive and committee elected  at the Annual General Meeting on Thursday 28 March 2019 at Taroona Community Hall.

President: Margaret James

Secretary:  Deirdre Brown

Treasurer: Michael Lynch

Committee: Nel Smit, David Coleman, Bridget Green, Peter Lutz, Tina Curtis, Cate Chapman

Left: Builder Phil Hesketh and Member Lorne at work on The New Entrance

 

Establishment

A supportive Kingborough Council supplied the land in 2007. The original idea was pitched by local garden enthusiast Nathan White, and the work of constructing the plots and establishing the garden was done by our own local organic gardening guru, David Stephen, ably assisted by Nathan.

The garden consists of 48 family or group plots of about 4 square metres each. There are also 2 long communal beds with a rotational system in place, and other 'community' areas around the perimeter fence. There is a herb garden on the outer perimeter on the Chiton Place frontage.

A few rules

  • Cover the children’s sand pit after use to keep animals out.

  •  Keep the gates shut and if you bring a dog into the garden, keep it on a leash and off the vegetable plots.

  • After using hoses, turn the water off at the tap tightly and rewind the hose around the tap stand.

  • Do not waste water. Before watering, do the ‘finger test’ – poke a finger into the soil and if it is moist under the top 10 mm, you do not need to water.

  • Do not use poisons. We are an organic garden. This means we do not use any Artificial Substances in our garden. A suggested list of insect controls is on our website.

  • Respect other people’s plots.

  • Safety is our own responsibility.

Grants

Taroona Neighbourhood Garden is very grateful to the following who have provided grants to assist in setting up the garden, fencing it and supplying essential equipment and plants:

  • Tasmanian Community Fund
  • Nyrstar
  • Kingborough Council
  • Premier Lara Giddings Discretionary Fund
  • Feeding the Future Fund

Subscriptions

An individual family or group must be a financial member to garden on a plot. The annual sub is $60, but a concession ($30) is available on request for Low Income Health Care Card holders.

Associate membership for those without a plot is $10.

Enquiries

You are welcome to call in to the garden at any time to look around and talk to whoever is there. You will often find one or two members working away there, so ask them about the garden. If you are interested in taking up a plot, email:

tng@taroona.tas.au