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Mornington Community Garden

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published March 11th 2013
Dig it with fellow gardeners

I spent a lovely morning chatting to Julie, the president of the Mornington Community Garden. I have always been interested in what happens behind the gates, and now you can have a look too.

The community garden started 12 years ago with three women. They turned a patch of grass into a space of greenery and beauty for the community to be apart of, and enjoy.

Everyone in the garden was extremely welcoming and inviting. The sense of community is strong and encourages friendships for people that may otherwise be isolated, due to age, disability or social reasons.

There are 80 garden plots and everyone grows different fruit and veg. On the third Saturday of each month there is a food swap, so if someone's fruit tree is overloaded then they bring the excess in and swap it for something else, jams, preserves, biscuits, veggies and so on. Food swap has been a huge success overseas for many years and it's great to see it happening locally.

Nothing goes to waste, which is brilliant.

If you would like your own plot at the garden, there are currently 4 available. The cost of a plot is only $30 annually and membership is also $30. A great way to start your own veggie patch if you don't have room for one.

Everything in the garden is organic.

Members are welcome to join the garden without having a plot. There are communal garden areas, a kitchen to make tea/coffee, a nice shaded outdoor sitting area, a library, and I can't forget the chickens and the sand pit, because if I am to get my own plot, that's what my children will be interested in.

Every member receives their own key to the front gate, so they can enjoy the garden any time they wish.

They also run garden workshops.

The downside for the volunteers is money. To keep the garden accessible to everyone in the community they need to keep the garden plots and membership reasonable. To do this they hold sausage sizzles at Bunnings, attend the Mornington Farmers Market, and other fundraisers to keep afloat.

As with all clubs they always need more financial assistance and people who can help with building structures and maintenance.

They would also appreciate any seeds, mulch, straw and garden products. If you can help out or would like your own plot, Julie would love to hear from you.

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Why? To enjoy gardening with company
When: Open weekends for visitors
Where: Pine Reserve 43 Mitchell St Mornington
Cost: $30 membership, $30 gardening plot
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