A very warm welcome to our new members: Peter Still (Plot 1), Daisy Clementine and her family Ray and Yuankee (Plot 17), Dominique Novak D’Hennin and her mum Priscilla (Plot 26), Daniel Bloom (Plot 34) and Lisa Southcott who is assisting with the community plots.
The garden is looking good after a long, wet winter. Thank you all for keeping Cooper Park Community Garden so well maintained and productive. Our hard work has paid off with Woollahra Council voting unanimously to extend our 816sqm land lease for another three years with an option (theirs not ours) to further extend for another two. This gives the CPCG Organising Committee the certainty we need to continue investing in improving the garden infrastructure. On the strength of this we have poured and polished a new cement floor and set up a reference library in the shed and moved the stainless steel BBQ to a permanent position outside at the rear of the shed for future BBQ working bees.
Our Spring working bee/BBQ was a great success due to the participation of members and family who attended and the Committee members who organised the BBQ. This was the first working bee for our youngest member Ada (aged three months) accompanied by her mum Amelia, dad Chris and of course her veteran gardener brother, Bruno. So lovely to share the garden with young children and to have the Angelucci family back from their extended holiday and ready to lend a hand anywhere needed – thanks for barbecuing Luca. Thanks also to our new member Priscilla for her delicious sate sauce and monumental salad and to Lisa who only joined the garden two days before and worked so hard on the community gardens. Yuankee has made sure that we have lovely clean folding chairs for our next working bee/BBQ in October which will include the Annual General Meeting.
Inés gave a great talk on summer planting with input as well from Rudi and Anna and a garden plan provided by Meagan (see below in newsletter). You might also like to consult the Digger’s planting charts inside the shed to decide the most suitable crops, companion crops and flowers to plant during summer.
A few reminders:
Working Bee attendance and Taskforce participation are conditions of membership. Can members who have not already nominated for a taskforce please email their taskforce preference
Working bee time is for communal gardening – members are required to work on whole of garden and taskforce activities from 10am to noon. If you need to work on your own plot, please come early or stay later to do this
Now is the time to improve your garden plot with the addition of organic matter such as manures and compost.
Keep up the good work eradicating oxalis in and around your plots (see photo below)