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Friday
May072010

Happenings at Lakeside Drive Community Garden

If you just can't get enough and want to muck in with the neighbours as well as at the Mulch Pit, here's what's on at LDCG.

WORKING BEE: This Saturday 8th May from 9am – we will be mulching, watering and saying hello to the native tree buffer zone. Feel free to come on down and help out – don’t forget to bring plenty of water, your hat and sunglasses, sunscreen, gloves, closed shoes and perhaps long pants, long sleeves and snacks if you feel inclined.

NEXT MEETING: Monday 10th May at the Alawa Hall – see website for directions. There is lots to discuss and things to be done, so come on down 5:30pm for a 5:45 start.

GROW YOUR OWN WORKSHOPS: Begin next week! So if you haven’t yet registered or bought mum a mother’s day gift – jump online and get gardening!

SUSTAINABLE LIVING FESTIVAL ART AUCTION: Don’t forget to tell your creative friends that their donated artworks are wanted and would be much appreciated by the LDCG. Contact the events team for more information.


COMMUNITY CONSULTATION: The team at Creative Territory are ready to begin consulting the community. Letters to the community go out next week and there will be an online survey available from next week until 31st May seeking public feedback. An onsite display will be held on Wednesday 19th May from 4:30 – 6:30. Please feel free to come down, show your support and have a look at some of the models that the CDU Architecture students have been developing. A link to the online feedback survey will be posted on our website as well as on Creative Territory and Darwin City Council’s websites from next week. It’s a short survey and it would be really great if you can fill it out and let the council know what you think about the proposal of a community garden on Lakeside Drive. A link will to the survey will be forwarded next week.

DESIGN: An email will be sent around soon with the draft design and notes about the design for you to comment on. This is a consultation of our own and will feed back into the design plans along with the work that the Architecture students have been doing.


A big welcome to the dry and all the Lakeside Drive Community Garden activities we have planned for this season!

Monday
May032010

Planting Today

Click here for an explaination of the various schools of Moon Planting thought.

Fruit  Sagittarius
Waning gibbous

Synodic:
Now is a good time to sow root vegetables, berries, bulbs, onions, biennials, and perennials.

Biodynamic:
Moon in Sagittarius: This is a Fire sign. This is a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Aubergines (Eggplant), Cucumbers, French Beans, Marrows and Courgettes, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkins, Runner Beans, Squashes, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes, but it would not be a good time to sow Leaf plants like Basil, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Celery, Dill, Florence Fennel, Kale, Lettuce, Seakale, Spinach, Swiss Chard,

Sidereal:
Moon in Sagittarius: Dry and barren. Good time to plant onion sets and bulbs.

Friday
Apr302010

Grow Your Own workshops coming to the Pit

The GROW YOUR OWN workshop series are back in 2010! A series of workshops that provide hands-on knowledge and techniques about permaculture, organic gardening and sustainable living.
 
The workshops are an initiative of Lakeside Drive Community Garden (LDCG) with Foodcare NT & Top End Transition Towns. For more information you can go to the LDCG website - look out for the Workshops page.


About the workshops:
Each workshop will include in-depth theory & discussions with practical demonstrations. The information presented in the workshops is totally top-end centric and climatically appropriate. Handouts containing detailed information and illustrations will be provided for each participant. The workshops will be held at gardens and houses around Darwin that show living examples of the ideas and provide sites for practical examples. In the near future, once there are facilities in place, the Lakeside Drive Community Garden will be the ideal location for ongoing workshops and trainings.
 
Each workshop is separate, and participants can choose which workshop(s) they would like to attend. However the workshops also run as a series and participants can attend as many workshops as they like. This year we are adding more workshops to give people a chance to attend workshops on days other than Saturday as well as new workshops on growing mushrooms.
 
About the organisations:
Lakeside Drive Community Garden will be a new community garden at a 2 acre site on Lakeside Drive Alawa, initially started up by a student University group at Charles Darwin University, but already including many different community members and groups. Its vision: Lakeside Drive Community Garden is a welcoming space where all members of the community come together to share skills, vegies and smiles. Collectively we will create a thriving, healthy centre for producing food, knowledge and inspiration based on permaculture ethics, principles and design.
 
Top End Transition Towns is about getting together to work out how, and actually do, a bunch of things to help us live sustainably in Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine, Rural and Remote Area's. We are connecting local people with ideas, vision and action to move from oil dependency to sustainable communities.
 
Foodcare NT is a local organisation that works to promote safe, healthy and sustainable food production and consumption on a local level.

Dates, topics & locations of the workshops:
The workshops will begin on Wednesday May 12th 2010 and run through to late-July; some of the workshops are repeated. Location addresses will be provided with the confirmation of attendance email or by phone. More detailed information about the workshops can be found if you scroll further down this email.
 
Workshop 1
Introduction to Permaculture
Wednesday May 12th & Wednesday May 19th
Run over two evening sessions both from 6 – 9pm.
Lachlan’s House
Workshop 2
(repeated)
Introduction to Permaculture
Saturday May 15th
10am – 4:30pm
Nightcliff Uniting Church
Workshop 3
Creating your garden
Saturday May 22nd
10am – 4:30pm
Emma & Jon’s House
Workshop 4
(repeated)
Creating your garden
Sunday May 23rd
10am – 4:30pm
Emma & Jon’s House
Workshop 5
Stocking your garden
Saturday May 29th
10am – 4:30pm
Alawa School Farm
Workshop 6
(repeated)
Stocking your garden
Sunday May 30th
10am – 4:30pm
Alawa School Farm
SUSTAINABLE LIVING FESTIVAL
June 5th & 6th
We will be participating in this event and encourage everyone else to join in too!
Workshop 7
Feeding your garden
Saturday June 12th
10am – 4:30pm
Emma & Jon’s House
Workshop 8
Managing your garden
Saturday June 19th
10am – 4:30pm
Nightcliff Uniting Church
Workshop 9
Sustainable home retrofitting
Saturday June 26th
10am – 4:30pm
Michael’s House
Workshop 10
Harvesting your garden
Saturday July 3rd
10am – 4:30pm
Alawa School Farm
Workshop 11
Growing Mushrooms*
Three Saturdays in July; dates to be confirmed but you need to attend all three sessions
Each session runs for two hours; times to be confirmed – watch this space!
Location to be confirmed
Workshop 12
(repeated)
Growing Mushrooms*
 
Three Saturdays in July; dates to be confirmed but you need to attend all three sessions
Each session runs for two hours; times to be confirmed – watch this space!
Location to be confirmed
 
*The mushroom workshops have a maximum of 15 participants in each course. The total cost for all three mushroom sessions is the same as the other workshops, $60 or $50 if combined with 2 or more other workshops.
 
About the facilitators:
The workshops will be run by a team of facilitators: Lachlan, Lia, Emma, Michele, Ken, Mark, Anne, Leigh and other guests, who have wide ranging backgrounds and many years of work and experience in tropical permaculture, organic agriculture and workshop facilitation. This includes 6 years working in permaculture in East Timor and Indonesia, tropical sustainable landscape and design, plant nursery and propagation work, organic agriculture, writing permaculture books and training materials, environmental awareness work and local food production & promotion. Importantly, all of the facilitators are also keen backyard practitioners, with a wealth of experience through doing it for themselves.
 
Workshop costs:
Each workshop is $60 for the day. This covers training, practical activities, handouts, beverages, snacks and GST. If participants sign up for 3 or more workshops the cost is discounted to $50 per workshop. We are endeavouring to keep the costs as low as possible; any money made over basic costs will be shared by the organising groups to use for future projects.
 
Please bring:
Each participant is asked to bring a plate of food for a shared lunch - this is always fun and tasty and helps a lot to reduce workshop costs. Also, a good hat, sunscreen, gloves and water bottle is essential and covered shoes are required as there will be practical activities in all workshops.
 
Attendance:
There will be a maximum of 20 participants per workshop to ensure high quality and attention – so get in quick! Registration forms are available from the Lakeside Drive Community Garden website.
 
Fill in the registration form on the website and send to growyourown@y7mail.com or ring Lachlan McKenzie on 0407 168 200. Please email unless your access to Internet is limited. You will then receive confirmation of your placement and details of payment options for the workshop. Payments will be required immediately after confirmation to enable smooth organisation of workshops.
 
Once the maximum of 20 participants is reached for a workshop, registrations will close and a note will be added to the information page on the website. Anyone missing out will be added to a list for future workshops. We need a minimum number of participants per workshop to cover basic costs. If we don’t meet that number for some workshops, the people already registered will be contacted and money refunded.
 
Cancellations:
We are happy to accept cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances; we ask that you advise us of any cancellations as soon as possible so that your place may be opened up for other participants. However, please note due to administrative and budget requirements we are unable to accept cancellations within 5 working days of your selected workshop. Any cancellations after this time will still require payment for the workshop. We sincerely apologize if this causes any inconvenience but we have had to include a cancellation clause for this year’s workshops due to problems that arose from last year. This clause will help us to keep costs down for all participants.
 
Workshop topics in more detail:
 
Workshops 1 & 2 – Introduction to Permaculture
What is Permaculture
What topics does Permaculture include
Ethics and Principles of Permaculture, including examples to illustrate the concepts
Patterns and Design concepts
Field walk
How Permaculture applies to households, streets, communities, towns, regions, nations, the planet
Specific examples to illustrate
The next step – courses, books and groups that can provide more info and support
 
 Workshop 3 & 4 – Creating your garden
Garden design (what, where & how) – site analysis, raised beds, creative garden design, swales & terraces, water management in design, pest prevention in design, path integration, annual crop/small fruit tree areas, animal integration
Building your garden – garden bed materials, soil composition, creating productive gardens quickly
Planting patterns - Vegies, herbs, flowers, annual crops and fruit trees
 
Workshops 5 & 6 – Stocking your garden
Seed saving – seed saving and seed storage steps, creating seed saving groups for swapping seeds and plant materials
Nurseries and propagation techniques – creating simple nurseries, propagation mixes, protection from pests, growing plants from cuttings & root stock, marcotting
 
Workshop 7 – Feeding your garden
Natural fertilizing techniques  – compost bays, compost pits, liquid composts, mulching, biodynamic techniques, effective micro-organisms, green manure crops, worm farms, legumes, humanure, local sources of materials for natural fertilizers
 
Workshop 8 – Managing your garden
Pests – introduction to Integrated Pest Management, large and small pests identification, natural control techniques for pests including making and using natural pesticides
Weeds - weed prevention techniques, weed removal techniques including alternatives for herbicides
Water management – wet season and dry season water management including mulch, irrigation, grey water, garden designs for catching and using water
 
Workshop 9 – Sustainable home retrofitting (around the house)
Retrofitting houses  - allowing air flow, integration with the garden, natural light, waste water treatment
Energy efficient living tips
Using alternative power sources
Compost toilets
Waste water - Utilising and reusing kitchen, bathroom and waste water
 
Workshop 10 – Harvesting your garden
Picking food
Cooking food
Drying food – different types of dryers and drying techniques
Preserving food – different methods for preserving food – jams, chutneys, pickles, relishes, sauces etc.
Storing food – how to store food in the tropics
 
Workshops 11 & 12 – Growing mushrooms
Over a series of three sessions, you will learn how to grow shiitake mushrooms in the tropics
Cultivating the spores
Putting the spores in the growing medium
Collecting mushrooms and storing spores for next cultivation
 
We look forward to seeing you at a workshop!
 
All this knowledge building will help us when we start creating, stocking, feeding, managing and harvesting the Lakeside Drive Community Garden!
 
The Grow-Your-Owners Team
 
 

Friday
Apr232010

Planting Today

Moon Planting for 24 April 2010 - great time for tomatoes!

Waxing gibbous

Synodic:
This is a good time to sow vegetables that produce internal seed bearing fruits. Tomatoes, beans, peas, peppers, chillis, pumpkins, courgettes.

Biodynamic:
Moon in Leo: This is a Fire sign. This is a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Aubergines (Eggplant), Broad Beans (Fava), Cucumbers, French Beans, Marrows and Courgettes, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkins, Runner Beans, Squashes, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes, but it would not be a good time to sow Leaf plants like Basil, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Celeriac, Celery, Dill, Kale, Lettuce, Rhubarb, Seakale, Spinach, Swiss Chard,

Sidereal:
Moon in Leo: Dry and barren. Good time for garden maintenance.

Monday
Apr192010

Planting Today

  April 20 2010

Flower  Gemini

First quarter    


Synodic:
This is a good time to sow vegetables that produce internal seed bearing fruits. Tomatoes, beans, peas, peppers, chillis, pumpkins, courgettes.

Biodynamic:
Moon in Gemini: This is a Air sign. This is a good time to sow Flowering plants like Angelica, Borage, Broccoli, Caraway, Cauliflowers, Globe Artichokes, Wormwood, but it would not be a good time to sow Rooting plants like Asparagus, Beetroot, Carrots, Chives, Horseradish, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kohl Rabi, Leeks, Onions, Parsnips, Potatoes, Radish, Salsify, Scorzonera, Second Early Potatoes, Shallots, Spring Onions, Swedes, Turnips,

Sidereal:
Moon in Gemini: Barren and dry, and yet good for promoting flower growth.