Welcome to the very first edition of the Melbourne University Community Garden monthly newsletter! Here, we provide a summary of the months events and update you on all things gardening.
Gardening 101: An Introduction to The Joys of Gardening
We kicked off August with Gardening 101, an event that went through the fundamentals of home gardening. Our event coordinators touched on watering and irrigation, soil, and how to properly transfer and plant different types of seedlings. It was an enlightening experience that had us crowded around a garden bed while we listened to Renee and Skanda's words of gardening wisdom.
The action didn't stop there however, as we then got hands on and put into practice what we'd covered that day. We planted numerous floral seedlings throughout the garden beds to add a splash of colour to our vegetation-dominant garden. Event goers planted poppies and marigolds and we are very keen to see them flower in the coming months.
As an added bonus, patrons were also able to plant their own seedling of choice in a pot to take home with them. We'd love to know how your plants are going so please let us know through the comments if you attended.
On an additional note, our seedlings were purchased from CERES (Brunswick).
Thanks again to Renee and Skanda for running such a great event!
Garden Updates: Beans and a Bountiful Harvest
In our first working bee for the month we made a trip to the community garden greenhouse to do some pre-spring cleaning and prepare the space for seed raising.
As you can imagine, the focus of the next week's working bee was seed raising in anticipation for the coming Spring months. We used egg cartons and seed trays to plant a variety of seeds, but mostly different types of beans. Below you can see our lovely volunteers hard at work.
We look forward to being able to transplant our fully grown seedlings to our garden beds in future and will keep you updated on their progress.
At one of working bees later on in the month we harvested a massive bounty of edibles pictured below. The haul included radishes, kohlrabi and a wonderful babako (a not-so-common delicious tropical fruit). Earlier in the month, we also harvested a plentiful bunch of carrots.
Not too bad for a chilly August!
Read all about it: MUC Garden and Burnley Student Association share updates on their activities.