Mackie Lane Update:
Enjoying the cover of the new rotunda
The last few months have seen a lot of planting, harvesting and refurbishing, as
well as a record number of visitorswho came to be inspired and learn from what we‘re doing at the garden. Mosman Council recently delivered a new load of wood chips and now all the garden walkways are covered. Our children’s program continues with Kids Cottage Middle Harbour children tending and harvesting their dedicated beds and children from nearby Kinderland visiting to learn about edible gardening. Mackie Lane garden is very family friendly with a cubby house, sandpit, bean teepee, blackboard and gardening activities to engage the kids. Students are also volunteering in the garden as part of the Duke of Edinburgh program. The planting committee coordinated by Gill Lee has developed an autumn planting plan and things are well on the way for the new season. For what to grow during autumn see here.
Individual allotments: Many successful community gardens like Paddington, Randwick and nearby Manly Vale have individual allotments. Now that we have more land at Mackie Lane and the garden infrastructure is well established, we are considering moving to a combination of individual allotments and communal gardens. If you interested in an allotment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Native Bees: With support from Mosman Council we are purchasing stingless native bees from Ku-ring-gai Council and bee workshops are planned for the future. The hives are populated by Tetragonula carbonaria, a bee species that occur naturally in Sydney and have acclimatised to Sydney conditions. See http:/bit.ly/NwiKmz
Here is a fact sheet about the kind of stingless bees we will have at the garden. http://www.wildthings.org.au/index.php/news/buzz-over-native-bees
Celebrations: On the first Sunday of the month we have a celebration after our gardening hours from 3-5pm. Everyone is welcome. BYO food and drinks.
Middle Head update: Planting includes okra, artichokes, tomatoes, kale, mini cabbages, mizuna lettuce, snow peas, shallots, beetroot, carrots, daikon, many different varieties of chillies from mild to very hot and much more. As always, the regular gardeners say that Middle Head garden is a happy place!
Farewell and thank you: This is my last news update as President of Mosman Community Gardeners. My work commitments have increased this year so I need to step aside, but I’m part of a wonderful team of committed community gardeners, so I know this decision won’t disrupt the ongoing operation of MCG. We have come a long way since our first meetings over four years ago when we had no land and spent most of our time lobbying for a community garden.
Tina during the early building of Mackie Lane garden
Today we have two thriving gardens, an ever-growing membership, and importantly we have succeeded in bringing the cause of growing edible plants to the attention of the Council and the community. I will continue to be active in MCG and look forward to seeing you in the gardens sometime. My heartfelt thanks to MCG members and everyone who has supported our work over the years. It’s been a very rewarding journey.
Tina Jackson on behalf of the MCG team