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June News

Howdy Gardener,

There is plenty on the menu at Fig Tree; the garden is cranking thanks to that luscious rain that and the steadily improving soil. Get along any day and help yourself to spinach, Chinese veg, coriander, loads of lettuce, chillies, beautiful Italian parsley, radish, the occasional tomato (yes, ripe ones!), passionfruit (if your lucky) and the usual perennial herbs for your roast dinners and cocktails.

A little job that needs doing if you have some time on the site is planting. The hot house has heaps of vegies ready to go out.

Working Bee Sun 29 July
This is a big one folks. This day will be all about glory jobs. Come along and help finish the chook run, build some raised garden beds, finish the hopscotch and finish the international garden sculpture (curious). Plenty of goodies to make the lunch time salad. Hope to see you there.

Grow It Where You Eat It

The first of three TAFE Outreach “Grow it Where You Eat it” courses is into it’s fourth week. The last Friday was spent touring around to community gardens throughout Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. It’s a diverse group of participants from young parents through to seasoned gardeners, making for some funny and inspiring exchanges. The hands on learning is also productive for the Fig.

This free 6 week course happens Fridays 9.15am-2.45pm and has a rolling start so people can join in at any stage. If you want to start at the start, the next course commences Friday 10 August. Phone 4927 6766 to book a place. The course culminates with a trip to Hunter Valley Gardens.

Thanks to Work for the Dole

Anthony and the Work for the Dole crew have finished. Anthony has supervised three groups for six months each. In that time they have completed the awning off the container, hothouse, giant worm farm, the water tank installations, much of the chess board, the sound garden, cubby house, kitchenette, wood storage area, paving, the chook run and more. They have spread copious amounts of mulch and gravel and they have propagated plants and tended garden beds.

Needless to say the end of the Work for the Dole will leave a gap in activity at the site, however, the stage they have brought the garden too means that the place has become more inviting with more produce and more to do. What follows is more people more of the time.

Many thanks to OK Community Care, Anthony, Author and all the participants.


The numbers are in, the ballot has been finalised. Fig Trees new committee is like this:

President: Bill Robinson,
Treasurer: Cathy Seberry,
Secretary: Craig Manhood
Committee: Sarah Kell, Simon Emtage, Anthony Gibbs, Kerry Robson, Graham Callaghan.

Thanks again for stepping up to the tree.

There is room for more if you would like to be involved in the team to guide Fig Tree over at least the next 12 months.
Next meeting is Thursday 26 July 6.30pm.

Dates to Remember at the Fig:
Thur 26 July 6.30-8.00pm: Committee Meeting
Sun 29 July 10am-lunch Working Bee
Fri 10 August 9.15am-2.45pm: “Grow it where you eat it” Course.

Imported from figtree.org.au