Sunday, 6 January 2013

Community gardening in Ballarat : getting going for 2013 and the celebration of the begonia

Begonia Festival Project Update for Ballarat Community Garden

A message from Jane Nield
Hi everyone,
Hope you all had a fantastic festive season and a brilliant New Year. Thanks to everyone who came to our first working bee last week – we made a lot of progress with cleaning up the spud boxes, hammering in all of those nails and good headway into oiling the boxes to help them last for years and years.
As we ran out of tung oil – there is still a bit of oiling / painting to do before our main working bee. If by any chance you are free on Monday night (Jan 7th) – some extra help would be much appreciated, but totally understand it’s short notice and it will also be hot. So I plan to do a couple of hours from around 6.30pm (after work). Please give me a call on 0419 816 187 if you would like to help so we can arrange to open the gate etc.
If you would like input into what we will actually be planting into the boxes – it would be great to see you at the Planting Planning Meeting next Wednesday.
Time: 6pm
Venue: Ballarat Community Garden – cnr Dyte Pde and Queen St
Date: Wednesday January 9th
Please bring along ideas and suggestions about what you would like to see in the themed boxes which include Companion Planting, budget gardening (from cuttings and seed), herbs, medicinal, espalier etc, general veggies etc. If you have any suggestions for other themes – great.
If you can’t make this meeting and have some ideas – please email them through by Tuesday to me. <>

Our major working bee is still scheduled for Sunday January 13th at the Uni of Ballarat site. We’ll be kicking off at 9.30am with a short safety induction and then getting stuck into installing the wicking beds. As we will be able to use a dingo to load scoria and soil – we aim to be able to plant in the afternoon as well. Please
Time: 9.30am
Venue: Uni of Ballarat Horticultural Campus – cnr of Gillies St and Gregory St Ballarat. Please note – due to security reasons we can’t leave the gates open, so please phone Jane on 0419 816 187 to notify the gate keeper of your arrival.
Date: Sunday January 13th
Bring: Hats and sun protection, gloves, dusk masks if you have them as well be around potting soil. Hand tools, drinking water and drinks.
RSVP your attendance to or on 0419 816 187.
We will be providing a basic lunch – but PLEASE RSVP if you will be eating lunch with us so we have some idea of numbers for catering. Please also let me know if you have any specific dietry requirements when you RSVP. It would be much appreciated if you would like to bring along some nibbles or cakes, biscuits to share as well.
Please drop me an email or give me a buzz if you have any questions or suggestions. Look forward to seeing you soon.
Jane Nield
BREAZE Local Food Group Co-ordinator
0419 816 187

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