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Discussion in 'Fruit & Vegetable Growing' started by Kasalia, Nov 29, 2017.

  1. OskarDoLittle

    OskarDoLittle Valued Member Premium Member GOLD

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    Gosh, starting to sound like a small business!! Interesting "retirement"...sounds like lots of hard work going on!
     
  2. Kasalia

    Kasalia http://retired2006.blogspot.com.au/ Premium Member GOLD

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    Insurance alone needs paying for then there is a host of other things to keep the garden going. The fruit fly have discovered us, so nets is one thing. We apply for every grant going. We need bricks for a bench in the "pavilion" for our donated pizza oven bricks, and a place for our donated BBQ. Concrete for a floor. There is no power connected that would be a bonus lol. and a ride on lawnmower.
    Already had enquiries if we have any seedlings for sale.
     
  3. Kasalia

    Kasalia http://retired2006.blogspot.com.au/ Premium Member GOLD

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    20180415_074344.jpg Did a market stand and raised another $200.00 Was for Seniors week and all the entertainment were retired. Choirs, dancers, ukulele band, Big Big Boogie band. Not ina hurry to do another one too soon, lots of work.
     
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    I am soooooooooo impressed by how fast everything has come together and the amount fo cash and materials that have been donated. I am wondering about the volunteers. a good principle of any non-profit or profit group is a strategy for rewarding volunteers. some people dont need a reward and others really need a pat on the back. but, why cant volunteers take a share of the produce when they help out. for example, if someone is picking the greens why not a basket for tonight's supper or the kids' sandwiches tomorrow or a soup with kale and white beans? You could always provide the baskets so one person might get a lot of greens and another, one or two squash but that seems fair to me. You would obviously have a lot of people picking fruit. LOL as for the food forest, I recently watched a blog from Florida where the blogger helped his dad create a food forest in the middle of the backyard. it wasnt a 1/4 acre size. It was very impressive. the principle is to just let stuff grow, pick the produce when ready, trim the trees and pull up stuff when needed and you just throw 'stuff' into the bush. the maintenance isnt any different from what you would do in the other plots and frankly, a lot simpler. No fancy composting but as nature intended. I can send the blog if you like. it is a permaculture concept.
     
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    I also love the organizing around the market stand. I know from having worked in an organic market, that organizing for entertainment as well is a JOB. but, I'll bet it was fun!
     
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  6. Kasalia

    Kasalia http://retired2006.blogspot.com.au/ Premium Member GOLD

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    Thankyou @Bea. The volunteers so far are sharing the produce that is grown. We aren't producing enough yet to give it away. We only have 20 members so far and family or just spouse, and most retired. When open average turnup is 8

    I decided against a food forest, after writing to several gardens with them. Beans climbing up trees need ladders, as do a normal size fruit trees. Weeding can also be awkward with novices who can not tell the difference. Then there is the visitors and wheelchairs who need pathways. Cant have them tripping over a wandering pumpkin and falling flat on a blueberry bush.

    Being such an open garden, the structure so far is working. Keeping the grass down is a problem, I am now setting my sights on a ride on lawmower.

    One day I hope to be able to sell seedlings at an annual fair due to the fact that 2 nurseys have closed down. Then whenever we are open. This will eliminate the need to go chasing money at markets, and applying for never ending grants, which tends to fall on myself , husband, and sister. Members seems busy on those days, although one donated plants this time for the market, which helped a lot.

    This May makes it 1 year exactly that I took over with a flat block and 2 containers and a fenceline. It has been a lot of work to get it to this stage. Two new couples joined 2 weeks ago, and a chef and his son, the month before. Hopefully the hard work is beginning to pay, as members is what we need. Those who attend regularly are good workers, and once our pavillion is up I can step it up a notch with social and learning days.

    Always interested in links to help, especially how other communities cope.
     
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    Kasalia, your market day looks like Cooroy on market day!
    I guess all small towns that do market days would look similar.
    All small towns have the same funding needs & have similar organizations.
     
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    Wow it's wonderful Think community gardens are a great idea. Well done.
     
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  9. Kasalia

    Kasalia http://retired2006.blogspot.com.au/ Premium Member GOLD

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    Just doing an update we have been going in leaps and bounds. We had a successful grant application and now going ahead with a concreted floor double carport and kitchen with water tank for our pavillion. Just now putting in a DA to the council this coming week. Woo Hoo
    May was the anniversary I took over a flat acre.
    Orchard is in and today we planted 2 plums, nectarine and peach all with hoops for fruit fly cloth.The 5 citrus trees are in. Mulberry and a Fig left to go and thinking of espaliering them. 2 dozens blueberries have been donated from the supplier of the local blueberry farms here, half tall 1500cm and half small. Thinking the big ones as a hedge.

    Rosella hedge going in also.

    Rotary donated and planted the bush tucker garden, which we made into the shape of two boomerangs.
    Local centro started a market day, the last Friday in the month which we attend, so am now looking at producing cut flowers to grow for that.
    Been busy busy busy.

    Citrus Garden
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    Bush Tucker Garden

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    New Archway is now up this was donated from the local wood Mill after we bought all the wood for the garden beds we rent. Birdhouses still to go on top.

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    New arch walkway which has to be netted to grow vines looking down to Orchard.
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    The new planting of today.

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    One large cabbage the first to be picked.
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    That looks like a huge crispy succulent cabbage, kasalia.
    Your soil must be working now.
    Congrats on the funding & I hope you get the DA through.
     
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    That's amazing! Might have to make sauerkraut with all your spare time!!
     
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  12. Kasalia

    Kasalia http://retired2006.blogspot.com.au/ Premium Member GOLD

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    Our lovely new bush house was vanderlized by an unknown group 2 weeks ago. Such a dissapointment. It was locked so they broke a water pipe and used the sharp edge to cut through the mesh. Lucky the water didn't let loose from the IBCs. They up ended all sorts of plants, and generally messed it all up.
    This week we spent fixing it all up by sewing the rips together with fishing line, and putting fence wire around which should have happened a month ago.

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    All fixed now, one cut was the back, and one on the RHS.

    The centro market last Friday, didnt go so well which was expected and I already decided also to do cut flowers for it especially so been busy this month working it all out and getting seeds,from a wholesaler. These I started at home along with all sorts of veg as well.

    J rotarying the last quadrant for flowers.

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    Couple views of the garden today.
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  13. ClissAT

    ClissAT Valued Member Premium Member GOLD

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    I like the idea of the numbered beds. I will pass that idea onto our own community garden people in Cooroy if I may.

    How are you going with the drought?
    It's beginning to bite here, even this close to the coast.
    Pity about the greenhouse. Such reprobates!
     
  14. Kasalia

    Kasalia http://retired2006.blogspot.com.au/ Premium Member GOLD

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    @ClissAT the rented plots are numbered the community ones are alphabetical. I put a painted red clothes peg on the actual rented ones as not all of them are rented yet( where we screw the signs in to a stake in the soil, leave a little bit to clip to). These we use for community till needed. It makes it easier on the notice board if I write water bed C, plant x in bed 9 etc. I dont go every day too much work otherwise and have my own big garden. Share away.

    We have our water storage and everything is done by hand. It hasn't rained for weeks.
     
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