Friday, 1 February 2013

Tropical Camden

Camden gone tropical

This update contains:

  • Heat waves and floods                
  • Goings on in the garden
  • Past and upcoming events
  • Veggies to plant now

Heatwaves and flooding rain

Little Sandy underwater again.
Only a week ago we were staring down the barrel of drought, feed cut on the town farm and baled months ago was now in high demand and the lagoon which looks a bit like a dinosaur or a Sea World sea lion was receeding rapidly. The lagoon is now full, the feral goats are munching on the new lucerne sprigs down buy the river, Zucchinis are growing before our eyes and the front lawn of the community garden could be almost baled as well. If you want to see the crazy weather figures including 125mm of rain in one hit and 46.4 degrees C click on the following link.

Goings on

New garden beds.
We can't say it wasn't a relief to see some rain, watering constantly and wisely had been quite tough in the community gardens in the oppressive heat, so some deep soaking rain was very welcome, this came luckily only a week after the working bee which in turn was a couple of days after the 46.4 temp reached in camden, so we escaped both extremes, the gardening bee had a good turnout with approx 15 folk attending on the day, it turned into soemthing of a construction day with several new garden beds being built from the sleepers delivered in the days prior, these beds are now starting to fill the head of the platypus out, a tool shed (currently held at the council depot) will mahe up the other eye of the platypus once a base goes down, (over the next 2 weeks), also on the day some curved beds were finished off, as well as native seedlings potted up, some vacant beds also were cleared ready for the new folk and the lawns mowed. Potatoes are still being harvested and another delivery will go to Narellan Congregational Community Service next week with i dare say some squash or zucchinis. A big thankyou to all in attendance as well as the guys that turned up to volunteer at our stall at the produce markets, the funds raised went back into the Community Gardens and fed the troops at the working bee.

Past and upcoming Events

Driving past the gardens at any time you would be mistaken for thinking its a hive a activity 24/7, our scarecrows cetrtainly give that impression but January saw 3 workshops in the gardens with the focus on youngsters, approx 15 turned up for the free gardening workshop and walked away with plenty of freebies and a renewed enthusiasm, not to mention the magic beans steve supplied on the day, this was followed up the same week with 1 Mosaic Workshop spread over 2 days facilitated by local artist Freya Jobbins, another dozen attended over the 2 days with some great results, and there is alot more in store.
The countries favourite show hits town on March 15th and 16th, be sure to get down and check it out, you will be sure to see some involvement from the Community Garden as well.
Food 4 Thought is on mid march with numerous workshops/info sessions being run, these can be booked into through Camden Community Connections on 46471283
The Hermitage on Camden Valley Way celebrates its first birthday with a bit of a bash, we will confirm dates but pretty certain its early march also, so it will be a jam packed month.

Veggies to plant now

Looking to get some more veg in the ground and don't know what to plant, check the link
Happy gardening


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