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TNG Member News 2020

July News

Can you help please? The New Wormfarm is on its way!

The wormfarm has been manufactured and is ready to be dispatched. .

It will be delivered on a truck with a tail lift crane, and it is essential to have a firm base ready so it can be accurately placed. We do not want to have to move it again.

To prepare the base we will dig out a level space of about 2 square metres, fill it with gravel and set pavers into it

Can you spare some time on Sunday July 5th at 2pm to help make the base? Please let us know by responding to this email.  If you would like to help but cant make that time, please let me know and we can arrange another time.

Seeds of Hope Hub

We have had further  grant success! Thanks to Michael, Helen and Judy who wrote a successful submission to Kingborough Council’s Covid Recovery Grants for the “Seeds of Hope Hub”.

Here is the description from the application:

"Seeds of Hope will provide seeds, seed raising facilities, seedlings and importantly members of the Taroona Neighbourhood Garden to help those community members to grow their own food.   In addition, part of the Seeds of Hope project will involve the construction of 'Food is Free' shelving adjacent to the garden to provide community members with excess produce from the Neighbourhood Garden along with seedlings for those who would like to grow their own produce at home."

The project will get under way in time for the main Spring sowing and planting season.

Happy and Sad Worms – calling young artists

We will be designing signs to explain to people what can be deposited in our new worm farm and would like to illustrate it with some drawings of happy  well fed worms, and sad worms who have eaten the wrong foods. Do a drawing and get Mum or Dad to photograph it and email it to this address.

Working bee program will resume

Sunday July 19 – 2pm – Working bee, shared afternoon tea at 4pm. All welcome.


 

May News

Welcome to winter!! Brrr!! The garden is looking good with many members working independently on plots and community areas during this time when we have not been able to have regular working bees. maybe in June we will be able to resume.

Some vegetables can be planted or sown in May – see our guides here:

https://taroona.tas.au/neighbourhood-garden/planting-calendar/

Theft of vegetables

Reports of theft of vegetables from personal plots have increased of late. This is a special request to all members to report thefts that have happened so far this calendar year so that we can build up a thorough picture of the extent of the problem.

The committee welcomes any suggestions about what we can do to discourage the removal of vegetables by people who have not put in the hard work to grow them. Please send any suggestions to this email address, along with reports of theft.

One suggestion is to have each plot named and labelled (see below).

Please give your plot a name and label it

We think that if each plot was named it would emphasise to potential ‘vegetable lifters’ that these are personal gardening spaces. It is possible that people taking vegetables think they are provided for any visitors to help themselves! Some suggestions for plot signs are to paint or scribe on an old cutting board, a large flat stone, a paver, a tile, a plate or plastic lid or a plaque made from modelling clay. Use paint, indelible marker, chalk used to make those café signs (it’s quite weather proof!), or glued on objects. Place the sign on a short post or glue or screw to plot end.

Use your own name or make up something interesting or amusing. Just make sure it is obvious that the plot has an owner who works to grow produce for their own family.  

Take compost and worm castings for your plot

There is compost ready in the bay nearest the fence for you to replenish your plot. You may also like to use some of the worm castings from the worm farm, but try to replace most of the worms in the worm farm  if you can separate them. Leaving the lid up on the bay for half an hour before you take castings encourages worms to retreat from the top layer.

Current Grant applications:

We have two applications for grants to improve our garden. We will hear if we have been successful by the end of June.

Big thank you to:

***The team which manufactured the latest round of compost

***Mowing team

***Those who dug, weeded and sowed/planted parts of the shared plots.

Posted 12 May 2020


 April News (posted 15 April 2020)

 AS you would know, all working bees are cancelled until further notice.

 However, here is a list of jobs that we would normally complete at a working bee, and if you have some time for outdoor exercise, you may like to do one of (or part of) the following:

In the community plots

 **Pull out the spent zucchini and pumpkin vines, and sweetcorn etc. Pile the debris in the upper bays in the compost area

 **Pull out the spent bush beans. Pile the debris in the upper bays in the compost area.

**Pull out tomato plant debris and stakes. Stakes go in the shed, debris in the compost bins as above.

 **Dig over these ex-bean, tomato and pumpkin plots, remove weeds to composting area, but make sure all twitch (rope or couch grass), oxalis and white weed  goes into the twitch bin by the greenhouse.

 (Don’t worry if you can only do part of the task, every bit is welcome. Once this is done we will supply seeds to resow these areas and add that job to the list.)

Composting

 **Mow over the veg debris and leave in a pile for compost making later. This is a big job and only recommended for people who have had a mower induction or training.

 **Turn the compost in the middle bay to the bay on the left.  When done change marker to "cooking". 

 **Move "please turn" marker to right hand bay as this will be the next job.

Other

 **Weed in the outer perimeter herb garden

 **Tidy the green house

Your own plot

Many plots still have produce in them. If you cant use the produce and it is in edible condition, please leave it in the new “Freebies” box on the outside of the new entrance (the upper entrance). How about leaving a bundle of  rhubarb stalks, or those spare cherry tomatoes?  Someone passing will be happy to take them.You can find spare seedlings and seeds in the green house…help yourself. And if you have spares, leave them there for others.

 See seasonal planting/sowing guides and list of quick growing winter vegetables. 

  https://taroona.tas.au/neighbourhood-garden/

Happy gardening from your committee


Covid 19 Hygiene precautions (posted 21 March 2020)

Gardening is a relaxing and healthy activity and one that we are not discouraged from pursuing in the current situation. However, there are many vulnerable people in our community and we need to take measures to protect them as well as ourselves. TNG management committee recommends new hygiene procedures to be followed while you are in the neighbourhood garden.
 
1. Maintain a distance between people. If someone is in the shed or greenhouse, wait for them to exit before entering - ie one person at a time in these enclosed spaces.
2. Bring your own gardening gloves and put them on before opening the gate to enter.
3. Bring your own trowel or similar hand tool. It can be tucked into a corner of your plot so it is available whenever you visit. Inexpensive trowels are available from Shiploads, Big W and plant nurseries.
4. Disinfect the handles of large tools, watering cans and wheelbarrows before and after use. There are two spray bottles of methylated spirits on the high shelf in the shed for this purpose. Please keep them out of children's reach, and replace them on the shelf after use.
 
We are considering how to go ahead with the AGM and will send another email with arrangements early next week.
Thank you, stay safe and well and keep gardening
 
Taroona Neighbourhood Garden Committee

AGM - New 'distancing' Procedure (posted 23 March 2020)

As we absorb the new rules about maintaining physical distance, your committee now believes the only feasible and safe way to manage the AGM is to do a very basic 'meeting' utilising email.
At approximately 7.30pm on Thursday we will email all members with the following
  1. Minutes of 2019 AGM
  2. the Presidents Report,
  3. Treasurer's Report
  4. list of nominees and nominators for all positions.We do not need to have an election as we have enough nominations to fill all positions.
We will ask for responses by email from you to accept the Minutes, Treasurer's and President's reports, and endorse the committee and Executive - and hope to get a quorum of responses. Deadline will be Saturday night.
These documents will also be posted on our website.
The Neighbourhood Garden remains open to all, but please respect physical distance rules and the hygiene procedures detailed above.