Monday, November 3, 2014

Five Years On and an Induction

3 November, 2014

Thanks to Alex for posting a report on the garden's five years birthday party on Facebook. Those who could make it ate great wholesome pizzas, had a social drink and time to reflect on the growth of the garden over half a decade, yes, half a decade.

Unfortunately many who have contributed over the years were for a host of reasons unable to attend. Do not concern yourselves, you were talked about. We especially missed Julie Errey whose efforts has helped make this garden.

Suffice to show an early picture of the garden to realise how much has been done in the field and in the buildings and infrastructure.

The garden is obviously not just the plants and infrastructure, it is the people and the orientation day on 1 November was attended by many new members, young and not so young. Deb, Maria and Les outlined the safely considerations, philosophy and practical information on how to use tools.

Posted Rayner 3/11/2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Native plants

Hillside Landcare Working Bee

This Saturday the 28th June from 9 to 11am is the first working bee for the Hillside Native Food Forest Landcare Group on the Hillside adjacent to the Kiama Community Garden.  

We have seedlings to plant and weeds to remove/control. There is plenty to do even if the wind is blowing (there are safe places to work out of the way of overhanging limbs). I would also like to spend some time this first session to discuss and plan the ongoing regeneration and revegetation of the site with the group.

Please wear sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing. There are some tools available, but if you have tools you are happy to bring they will be welcome.

We will be able to join in the Kiama Community Garden morning tea from about 11. So please bring some food to share or a gold coin donation to cover the tea and coffee etc.

If that is not enough Landcare for one day, there is also the Bombo Landcare groups afternoon session from 2 till 4 that afternoon.

Please pass this info on to anyone you think will be interested.

Below is information about a wonder event being put on by Kath and Keith of the Australian Plant Society.

Keep Saturday July 26th FREE
Hello Everyone,

Hope you are all well and rugging up when you get out in the garden or bush.
Our next event is a biggie, with a full day dedicated to learning about propagating and caring for your native plants with two workshops by Angus Stewart.
Please RSVP to to secure a place, also let him know if you are a current member or not.

We will have food available onsite by, which is a great chance to sample some of our native bush foods, so be ready to challenge those tastebuds.

Please pass this info on to anyone you think may be interested


Kath and Keith




Thursday, June 12, 2014

Dates for your Diary

The community garden is open practically every Wednesday and Saturday morning, so just drop in if you want to get involved. Starting time may vary with the weather, but being there by 9.30 am is a pretty good bet.

To support gardening activities, monthly general meetings are held to exchange ideas about what you'd like to grow, do, or see happening in the garden. This is also a good time to hear what the governance group are currently working towards and discuss management of any garden pests or problems that might be present.

General meetings are held in the garden at 4.30pm on the first Thursday each month.

Dates for the rest of the year are as follows:

3rd  July
7th  August
4th  September
2nd  October
6th  November
4th  December

See you at the garden soon!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

This Saturday 7th June our Community Garden will be the venue for a talk being provided by the Australian Plant Society (APS). The talk is being given by Graeme Errington.
Kiama Community Garden Members are welcome to attend the talk. 
Below is information about the talk provided by APS and a link to their web site.
Graeme Errington – Technical Officer, Rainforest Conservation Project, Australian PlantBank has kindly agreed to talk to the group about his recent work at Mount Annan.

Graeme originally trained as a horticulturist and has worked at Mount Annan Botanic Garden for 15 years, 8 years as a seed collector. His recent work has focused on the seed biology of rainforest species.

The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust have run a successful seed conservation program for over a decade. The program is now accommodated in the Australian PlantBank, and continues to collect suitable species from dryland communities. Rainforests have been a neglected area in terms of seed conservation due to the variability in seed storage behaviour of many species. Through the collection and assessment of species from rainforest communities we can determine, which species can be seed banked and which species require alternatives such as tissue culture or cryopreservation.
Graeme's talk will cover, the collection program, seed storage behaviour as it relates to rainforest species and a bit about the new PlantBank.

Date & Time: June 7th 2014 at 11a.m.
Venue: Kiama Community Gardens, Havilah Place
Parking:   Please park in the Kiama Leisure Centre car park, in Havilah Place.  Access to the gardens is by entering the gate to the soccer fields and walking to the left along the fence line.

* * * Please note this is an outside venue.  Therefore please come along well prepared (wooly hats, scarves and gloves) * * *

After Graeme's talk we shall be firing up the wood stove oven for some yummy home made pizzas.  Please bring along a selection of your favourite toppings to share on the day.

Finally a "Gold Coin" donation will be in place on the Saturday, these donations will go directly to the Community Gardens, for kindly allowing us to use their space.

Looking forward to seeing you all there, for what should be a very interesting talk.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Starting a backyard veggie patch workshop

On Saturday the 10th May we finally had our “Starting a backyard veggie patch” workshop at the Kiama Community Garden. We had been thwarted by the weather on the previous two attempts so it was wonderful to finally get it underway.

Listening intently to Maria in the theory part of the workshop

As you can see the workshop was well attended and very well organised by Julie from Kiama Council. Kiama Council had organised the workshop in response to interest from residents in the area.


As we sat on the seating circle Maria imparted her considerable knowledge about starting a veggie patch in a clear and readily understood way.  Maria went through the theory of starting a backyard veggie patch including, site assessment, design, concepts of soil health, and the no-dig process, among other things. She was delighted by questions from the participants. We then had a lovely tea break and happily chatted amongst ourselves.

Spreading the layers of the no-dig "lasagne" in the raised bed

After the tea break we made two no-dig beds in practice. The first no-dig bed was in a raised garden bed. This showed how the no-dig system can be adapted to smaller sites, sites on balconies etc,  or site needing to take into account accessibility. It also was a manageable way to explain the layering of the different elements of the no-dig “lasagne”.

We then moved on to the upper terrace of the garden to build the on-ground no-dig garden. This was a much bigger area. Maria explained how no-dig gardening can help build up poor soils with out tillage. It also has advantages in gently managing pests and nutrient issues.


Making the on-ground no-dig bed before the rain comes


We used the same “menu” for the on-ground no-dig “lasagne”. Once the beds had been prepared we pocket planted some seedlings.


Thank you Julie from Kiama Council and the community gardeners who volunteered their time to make the day such a success. We would also like to thank the residents/participants for their interest and patience through the unavoidable rescheduling due to the weather.


Keep checking this blog site for more posts, workshops and events.


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The finished on-ground no-dig bed

Monday, March 24, 2014

No Dig Gardening Workshop

This workshop will be held on Saturday 29 March from 9am to 1 pm. This will be replacing our normal working bee. If you are interested in attending you need to contact Julie Errey on 42320416 or email
The cost is $10 and morning tea is provided.

We have changed our meeting times from twice a month on a Wednesday to the first Thursday of each  month at 4.30 at the Garden. This is a general meeting and everyone is welcome to attend.

Our first induction was held yesterday and was a 
great success. We will be conducting more of these in the coming months so that newer members learn about the practices we use in the garden and the philosophy and principles that underpin those practices.

We were also very lucky to have a visit from two 

of Julie's friends who donated some plants to the garden. One of them was a grass jelly plant. They then used the leaves to make green grass jelly. It was amazing to watch and refreshing to eat.

Working Bees for April 9.30-12.00

Saturday mornings: 5th, 12th, 19th,
Wednesday mornings: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
Meeting: Thursday 3rd April at 4.30

Please come along and join in the fun. We welcome new members. Visit us at our first stall at the Farmers Market this week.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

February Fun in the Garden

This month we want to start propagating for autumn planting. We are busy harvesting corn , beans, tomatoes, onions, eggplants, cucumbers  to name just a few. We would like to welcome new members and old to come down to the garden to share the workload and the bounty. There is always so much to share.
Some of the jobs this month:  turning the compost, watering, propagating, making signs, potting up and of course harvesting.

Working Bees for February 

Saturday morning 1st, 8th, 15th starting at 9.00

Wednesday morning every week at 9.00


Wednesday 12th, 26th at 4.30

Governance Meeting: Thursday 20 February
at 6.30