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Open Day at Glenelg North Community Garden

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Chatty plant & compost demonstrations, plants & produce sale
Photo courtesy of Michael Dwyer


With Spring here the Glenelg North Community Garden (GNCG) is celebrating its seventh anniversary Open Day on Saturday 14th September, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Photo courtesy of Michael Dwyer


Everyone is welcome to visit the garden located at the corner of Alison St and Kibby Avenue, Glenelg North just around the corner from "The Old Gum Tree."

Once again this Open Day promises to be an excellent opportunity for you to purchase plants and produce. There will be plant demonstrations to help you improve your garden, along with demonstrations on how to develop your own healthy organic compost. If you are in need of advice and answers to questions on improving your garden there will be volunteers available to assist you.

Photo courtesy of Michael Dwyer


Naturally, there will be many different varieties of plants for sale, including ornamental, succulents and edibles, such as fruit, vegetables and herbs.
Photo courtesy of Michael Dwyer


You won't go hungry either! There will be a BBQ and a Fair Trade Table and delicious baked goods and preserves, and for the kids a Children's Lucky Dip.

Visitors will be invited to tour around the environmentally friendly organic garden. Volunteers will be on-hand to advise you on how you can create your own organic garden free from chemicals or artificial additives

Photo courtesy of Michael Dwyer


For those who may not be familiar with the GNCG, it commenced in 2012 and has slowly developed from a former tennis court and open grassy paddock area to the garden you see today. The Holdfast Bay Council trucked in very good soil and volunteers nourished it with composting sheep and horse manure along with vegetable scraps from the garden.

Publicity officer, with GNCG, Michael Dwyer said, "We do hot composting, which means we toss it about every 7 days getting the right amount of air and moisture circulating. Within a few weeks we finish-up with perfect compost. It gets hot which kills off any weeds, seeds and nasty things. We invite visitors wanting to learn about improving their composting to ask questions and seek further information."

Photo courtesy of Michael Dwyer


Michael said, "Of particular interest to those in the know, will be our new 'Wicking Plots'. These are designed to decrease water use and decrease the number of times necessary to water in our long hot summers. (Sophie Thomson of Gardening Australia uses this new design in dry South Australia). Come and ask the builders."

Photo courtesy of Michael Dwyer


Mums and dads are invited to bring the kids and introduce yourselves to the worms and learn more about how essential they are to creating your own healthy organic garden. Explore all the interesting things from the berries to the herbs, fruit and vegetables from tomatoes, eggplants, cabbages, zucchini, cauliflower and kale, which is very fashionable today, with its dozen different varieties. If you are not familiar with kale, you cook it like spinach and silverbeet.

Photo courtesy of Michael Dwyer


Michael said, "Our orchard is coming along. We have citrus trees, lemons and grapefruit and stone fruit like peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines. We have our berries, a special mention to Goji berries. They cost a small fortune in the shops but you can grow them so easily."

Michael was quite enthusiastic. "Our Cape gooseberries especially have a lovely interesting flavour. They grow so easily and I'm sure the kids will love them!"

Another very important aspect of the GNCG is how it helps bring the community together, which is hugely important. "We appeal to a wide age group," said Michael. "We welcome new members and encourage people if they are thinking of becoming a new member to come along and join in with others. Find out if you like our jokes, settle back and work out whether you would like to come along on a regular basis. We meet on Thursdays and Saturdays."

Michael said, "The more effort you put into the garden the more you entitle yourself to take from the garden. Members are the only ones who can take from the garden. We have a lot of projects and we would love them all to be flying high, but they all need a champion at the top to push them forward. This is good, because this is what keeps people interested."
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Why? Great opportunity to buy organic fruit & veg grown in our community garden. Also have some fun learning how to develop a healthy garden.
When: Saturday 14th September, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Phone: 0427 158 341
Where: Community garden located at the corner of Alison St and Kibby Avenue, Glenelg North
Cost: FREE ADMISSION - Buy fresh fruit, vegetables and plants, also learn how to grow produce and create healthy compost for your garden.
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