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Frog Hotel Opens For Business

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2024 Garden Roadmap

A list of the things we are all interested in accomplishing this year. If there is anything you would like to add, please mention it to the coordinator to add here.

Women’s / Medicine garden

Location TBA, speak to Baz or Ali for detials

  • chamomile
  • aloe vera
  • lavender
  • raspberry leaf
  • elder flower (pot)
  • holy basil
  • lemon balm
  • mullein
  • eccinacea

Finish sheet mulching and path

Keep extending the mulched area to eradicate couch grass and weeds from the garden. Mark out and extend the granite path.

Chickens

Finish enclosing the roof of the chicken coop and assemble the automatic door .

  • drill set
  • fence clips
  • wire cutter

Crocodile Pond

Weed the pond area and surrounds. Store the stones in pots. Make 2-3 lowest-point container ponds covered with galvanized mesh. Seal extended watershed area with kitty litter or gley. Speak to Maria about this.

Grow stuff for the harbour blockade

Plant out herbs or veggies in time for the peoples blockade in November

Remove Rubbish and hazards

Self explanitory… but we could do with some self haul vouchers if anyone can spare one, apply here.

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8 people sitting around listening to a lady give a presentation. There are plants on a table in the middle.

We had an open day and people came to make seed bombs, eat cake, swap plants & clothes and attend workshops on guerilla gardening, propagation and mapping fruit trees on fallingfruit.org.

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Open Day

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Action on behalf of life transforms. Because the relationship between self and the world is reciprocal, it is not a question of first getting enlightened or saved then acting. As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us.

Joanna Macy

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Water Wisdom Workshops

These workshops are a place for us to come together and share stories about water in a time when our environment is changing faster than ever. We will take time to reflect on the significance of water in our lives and take a brave look into extreme events of our past and potentials for out future.

Hand Made Clay Ollas

You are invited to make your own olla, an ancient and extremely efficient irrigation technique which will be a vessel for delivering moisture to the soil as it is needed, and a vessel for your memories, experience and wisdom.

Conservation Culture

Beyond shortening our showers, we will share the daily rituals and strategies that strengthen our appreciation for water and our commitment to pushing system changes.

Design Patterns

We will share established solutions for making the most of the water that flows through our lives. We will get into the sandpit, sculpt out a model landscape and experiment with how water flows and merges in it’s rush to get back to the sea- and play with how it can be manipulated for our benefit.

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Job Seeker Volunteer Position – Plant Propagation

We have a nursery position available at the Croatian Club which meets Centerlink’s mutual obligation requirements as explained here.

Smokva is a community garden in Wickham. A loose group of about 50 locals pull together to grow as much food as possible in their neighbourhood. We we could really do with some help raising seedlings and growing cuttings to distribute through the community.

If this interests you, we would love to hear from you. Please write to coordinator@smokva.garden or call Adrian on 0435828690

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Things to do in October

All the same things that didn’t get done in August 👇 because we all just sit around drinking coffee and eating cake.

Just kidding, the fruit trees were pruned brilliantly and have some lovely new growth. Its time for some preventative eco oiling!

There is a finger lime to plant

And we want to make a foundation for the chicken cage (Adrian & Joe have a plan)

Some ideas for seeds to plant:

Vegetables

  • Tomatoes
  • Capsicum
  • Eggplant
  • Okra
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Pumpkins

Herbs

  • Basil
  • Coriander
  • Parsley
  • Dill
  • Chives

Greens

  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Swiss chard
  • Kale
  • Arugula

Root Vegetables

  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Beets
  • Turnips

Legumes

  • Climbing beans

Fruits

  • Strawberries

Flowers

  • Marigolds
  • Petunias
  • Zinnias
  • Sunflowers

Otherwise actually, yeah… everything we didn’t do in August 👇.

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Things to do in August

Some projects you can get stuck into at the working bee or any other time, if you’re looking for inspiration.

Erect dragon fruit stand

This will need some spanners and a drill set. The bolts are just inside the shed on the plastic drawers.

Dragon fruit stand (post with square frame on top)

Prune Citrus Trees

Secateurs required (2 sets in shed). If you have experience pruning trees, or you are willing to do some research or shadow someone who knows how, there are plenty of citrus in need of a prune as winter ends. These can also be weeded in preparation for composting an mulching.

Complete the sand pit

The sand pit just needs the last two edges attached to it. This will require:

  • A saw
  • Drill set
  • Some decking screws

Organise the seed library

There is a new little cabinet in the shed for seeds, feel free to come up with some sort of organisational system for the seeds! May require some pens, cards or ziplock bags.

The Yooge

There are also all the regular jobs listed here.

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Proposed Constitution Changes 2023 Part 2

These changes re-assign the responsibility of calling meetings to the secretary.

22 Full community meetings

(1) The secretary shall convene general meetings (described as full community meetings) of the association:

(a) at least once each calendar year, and

(b) within the period of 6 months after the expiration of each financial year of the association, and

(c) at any other time determined by the general-circle.

23 Special full community meetings

(1) The secretary must convene a special full community meeting of the association on the requisition in writing of not less than 5% of the total number of members.

24 Notice

(1) Except if the nature of the business proposed to be dealt with at a meeting requires a special resolution of the association, the secretary must, at least 14 days before the date fixed for the holding of the full community meeting, give a notice to each member specifying the place, date and time of the meeting and the nature of the business proposed to be transacted at the meeting.

(2) If the nature of the business proposed to be dealt with at a full community meeting requires a special resolution of the association, the secretary must, at least 21 days before the date fixed for the holding of the full community meeting, cause notice to be given to each member specifying, in addition to the matter required under subclause (1), the intention to propose the resolution as a special resolution.

31 Adjournment

(2) If a full community meeting is adjourned for 14 days or more, the secretary must give written or oral notice of the adjourned meeting to each member of the association stating the place, date and time of the meeting and the nature of the business to be transacted at the meeting.Please note that these changes would need to be approved by the appropriate percentage of your organization’s membership, in accordance with the procedures outlined in the existing constitution.

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Things to do in April – May

There’s always our humble everyday jobs, but aside from that, here’s a bunch of stuff we can you can get busy with, if you need ideas:

April Seedlings

These are the seedlings to lookout for and plant in April: Amaranth, dwarf beans, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chicory, chives, collards, coriander, dill, endive, Florence fennel, horseradish, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mizuna, mustard greens, onion, oregano, pak choy, parsley, peas, rutabaga, snow peas, spring onions, strawberries, and sunflower.

April Seeds

beetroot, broad beans, burdock, carrot, chives, coriander, daikon, dill, endive, Florence fennel, kale, lettuce, mizuna, mustard greens, pak choy, parsley, peas, radish, rocket, shallots, silverbeet, snow peas, spinach, spring onions, and turnip.

May Seedlings

Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chicory, garlic, oregano, potato, rutabaga, spring onions, strawberries, beetroot, broad beans, chives, collards, coriander, dill, endive, Florence fennel, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mizuna, mustard greens, onion, pak choy, parsley, peas, silverbeet, snow peas, and spinach.

May Seeds

Burdock, carrot, radish, rocket, shallots, turnip, beetroot, broad beans, chives, collards, coriander, dill, endive, Florence fennel, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mizuna, mustard greens, onion, pak choy, parsley, peas, silverbeet, snow peas, and spinach.

Dragon fruit trellis

We have a mature dragon fruit plant (donated by Joe Lin) which we need to make a trellis for. This can be done with hardwood, with a cemented footing. And should look something like this:

Tools:

  1. Measuring tape
  2. Pencil or marker
  3. Carpenter’s square
  4. Circular saw or handsaw
  5. Power drill with drill bits
  6. Wood chisel (optional)
  7. Hammer or mallet
  8. Level
  9. Wood clamps (optional)
  10. Work gloves
  11. Safety goggles
  12. Ladder (if needed)

Hardware:

  1. Hardwood lumber (e.g., cedar, redwood, or pressure-treated pine) in appropriate lengths and dimensions for posts, crossbeams, and slats
  2. Galvanized or stainless steel screws or nails (to prevent rust and corrosion)
  3. Wood glue (optional, for added strength)
  4. Metal brackets or corner braces (optional, for additional support)
  5. Concrete mix (for setting posts in the ground, if needed)
  6. Plastic or rubber-coated wire mesh or trellis netting (to support the dragonfruit plants as they grow)

Extend the sheet mulching

To further the progress on our food forest, we need to continue the sheet mulching and couch grass removal. This means checking the annual cropping area for any re-growth and pushing the boundaries of the sheet mulch, starting at the point where there is no grass (this means there is no grass inside the areas that are already mulched.

More on sheet mulching.

Make a shade structure

Like this, also with steel concreted footings.

This is to go in the south of the chicken area for seedling tables. Most of the timber is in the chicken area. Shade sail to go on top.

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