A Solo Day – working bee 24/4/2016

It was a cold day yesterday, with a chilly southerly blowing across the garden. So it was no surprise to me that no-one turned up, and I was the only person at the garden for the working bee yesterday.

David was recovering from an illness, and Darren was busy with other important things, so there was just me – and a magpie and little mrs.fairy wren who both sang some lovely songs for me.


I quite enjoyed the solitude; of course it is always good to have a group of people, both for the fact that the company is always enjoyable, and a few more jobs get done. But it was also nice, just for a bit of difference, to be there by myself. And there wasn’t much that needed doing urgently.

The two jobs I did actually worked together quite nicely.

The pumpkins keep throwing their runners across the path between the garden-edge and the swimming-pool fence; where peole walk to cut through to Wood Street, so they needed to be trimmed.

And the worm-farm needed some more food on it for the worms and is also in need of some extra protection at this time, as it is now without any shade since the trees in the yard next to the garden have been removed; we will probably be putting a shade over it soon.

But in the meantime, I gave them another bucket-full of cucumbers, sliced up; and also cut the waste from trimming the pumpkins into short lengths and put those on top of the cucumbers. There were about 8 bucket-fulls of that, so the worms now have a nice thick layer of vegetable matter to protect them and keep them from drying out.

All this took me about one and a half hours which was long enough to be out in the wind – although the wind did settle a bit and the sun came out for short periods.

It was a quiet but nonetheless enjoyable day.

22 Apr 16 UCG Event this Sunday 24th April from 10am

Hey Everyone,

Sorry for the late email, I’ve been quite sick this week and only just getting my head off the pillow today. So naturally i may not be there on Sunday from 10am but the event is not cancelled. At least Joanne Renfrey will be there to guide the day.  So if you want to come please bring water, gloves, work shoes, a hat and any other protective equipment you may need. Also any tools (especially wheelbarrows) you think would help with your activities in the garden. 

Kind Regards,

David Ryan

Uralla Community Garden Committee President

A visit from ABC Open

Tim Leha, a reporter from the ABC Open television program, visited the garden at our last Working Bee.

His initial interest was in the compressed earth brick-making machine that is now completed and working, but he came to realise that there is more than that to our story.

So last Sunday he did some video and some photos of the volunteers dong their thing at the garden.

He will do a story soon on the brick-making machine, and then put together a story that will either be aired on the program, or be put up onto YouTube. Watch this website for further developments.

The jobs we did this Sunday were picking and thrashing the old radish plants to get the seeds out for saving, for future plantings.

These radishes are a heritage variety called pink beauty, and they grow like a tuber rather than the little round ones that one can buy in the supermarket.

They grow quite large, roughly the size of a lemon, and are very juicy and flavoursome.

We noticed that in a recent planting of broadbeans, one of the rows was doing particularly well; far better than the rest of them.

We recalled that at the time of planting the beans, this particular row was planted by one of the volunteers with the help of the 14-month-old daughter of two other volunteers.
(see earlier story: “a community space for young and old“)

We wondered whether the fact that this row is doing so well, could be because of the involvement of a young and innocent child, the theory being that plants respond to the love with which they are planted, and a young child would naturally be full of love and wonder.

Despite having harvested well over a hundred of the cucumbers and distributing within the community, there are still well over a hundred more on the ground.

They are no longer edible as they have been there for so long that the flavour is now too strong and they are not nice to eat.

We will be using them to feed the worms in our worm-farm, and maybe use some to save some more seeds.

Everyone went home happy and contented after a day of fun, sharing and giving to the garden.

7 Apr 16 ABC to attend UCG Event

Hey Everyone,

Just letting you guys know that Tim Leha, who is the ABC Open producer for NEW England North West, will be attending the UCG this Sunday to shoot some footage for a piece he is looking at creating that involves the garden.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Kind Regards,

David Ryan

Uralla Community Garden Committee President

7 Apr 16 UCG Event this Sunday 10/04 from 10am

Hey Everyone,

We are looking forward to this weekends event as we are planning on harvesting seeds from a few different varieties that are ready to be collected. Also we will be doing the usual tidy up and maintenance of the beds, feeding the worms, chatting away and any other little job we find around the place.  So if you want to come please bring water, gloves, work shoes, a hat and any other protective equipment you may need. Also any tools (especially wheelbarrows) you think would help with your activities in the garden. 

Just a reminder since Daylight Savings has ended we will be starting at 10am.

Kind Regards,

David Ryan

Uralla Community Garden Committee President