How To Get Involved with Enid Street Community Garden

The new worms getting ready to go in the worm farm.

The new worms getting ready to go in the worm farm.

As a community garden, we are open to all community input!  Every person has the potential to share great ideas, experience and advice, even if you have no experience in gardening.  If you’ve been thinking about getting involved with the community garden in Tweed, but you’re not quite sure where to start, or how things will run, here are a few ideas to consider.

  • Your involvement can be at any level, whether you’re vaguely interested, want to help out occasionally, have an active garden bed, or even offer some of your skills as a volunteer.  We have many people working on different levels of involvement according to the time they have available or their trade skills that they may have to offer.
  • There will be an annual membership fee of $20-30 to cover our Incorporated status, insurance and some marginal costs.
  • We will build a shed bank of tools for gardeners to use and share.
  •  An onsite compost pile has been created, plus a worm farm.
  • Once your plot is allocated you can grow how and what you wish, within sustainable ecological parameters.
  • If you wish to grow flowers, herbs, vegies or any combination it is entirely up you and / or  to the plot participants if you are sharing. The plot does need to be worked, cared and maintained; if you request, and are allocated, a plot and then don’t use or value it you may need to be asked to show cause.
  • We will aim to create a community atmosphere within the Garden group. By networking with other gardeners hopefully we can all learn, bumble along together, share the experience and work.
  • There is capacity for creative and novel types of gardens, a substantial  neighbouring wall could offer a challenge for inspirational vertical gardens; roof of sheds is available space also
  • Some may wish to try an aqua culture and water feature.
  • Those with restricted mobility are welcomed and we will aim to accommodate individual needs in planning the back section of the garden and or forming small groups to share plots.

For more information on ways you can get involved (at any level), email us at enidstreetcommunitygarden@gmail.com

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Enid Street Community Garden Makes the News!

View the full story on the ABC website here!  I’ve copied and pasted the photo and story below 🙂

Big team effort!

One woman’s passion and vision has sparked an innovative community garden scheme in Tweed Heads.

 While numerous community gardens have sprung up locally in the past few years, this one is unique.

The land for the Enid Street Community Garden is a private block rather than council land.

Coolangatta’s Kate Miller saw the need for a community garden in the Tweed area, but land is scarce.

So when an Enid Street house block in Tweed Heads came up for sale, she bought it with the view to allowing locals to use it.

Her plans for the block range from building garden beds to providing a space for beekeepers and supporting local school children.

Garden of plenty

One of the area’s few remaining hardwood Queenslander-style houses stands on the 973-square-metre block.

Kate plans to renovate the house to allow a caretaker to live on-site.  Volunteers have started building garden plots at the front of the yard.  Students of the nearby St Joseph’s Primary School will be allocated some of the plots to grow almost anything they like.

“They can do as they wish as long as it’s legal,” she says.  The students planted strawberries as their first plants.

Busy bees

More garden plots will be built at the back of the house, as well as a couple of sheds.  One will be similar to a men’s shed; the other will house equipment to help amateur beekeepers in the area.

Kate, who keeps bees herself, explains: “We’ll set up a bee shed where they can bring their honey boxes and extract their honey and then take their boxes back to their own hive.”

“That supports beekeeping without having to have all the equipment and it makes [a space for the] community where they can come and do it together,” she adds.

Growing the vision

Kate’s vision is that this is the first of many similar projects in the area.  “I would like to think down the track this might become a model,” she says.  “If there are people living in large houses with backyards, they might say to their neighbours who may be living in flats or duplexes or more densely populated buildings: ‘We’ve got some space in the backyard. Would you like to come and make a plot and share a garden and build that sense of community?'”

But why has she invested so much of her own money into this community project?

“I would like to think at the end of my life I’ve given something back to a community, and [this is] an area which I absolutely love,” she says.

“And I would like to make a model for our children that at the end of our days, we can look back and say what did we contribute; that’s all really.”

You can follow their progress on the Enid Street Community Garden blog.

 

Quick Easy DIY ‘Fertilizer’ from Kitchen Scraps

Thanks Al!

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I asked an enlightened gardener friend of mine for his recipe for his ‘compost tea’ that he feeds to his plants. This is a really easy way to make fertilizer for your plants in a jiffy, without having to leave your house or wait for things to compost! I found this method really great because I have all container plants on my balconies and we have no yard or space for a real compost bin, other than a bokashi bin. Bokashi bins are great, but take some time and are potentially a pain and require some maintenance. Here’s how you make the tea, I’ll call it ‘Al’s Garden Tea’.

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Guerilla Gardening, Container Gardening, Community Gardening: Transforming Spaces

Guerilla Gardening at it's finest.
Guerilla Gardening at it’s finest.

Guerilla Gardening

See the pretty flowers in that ordinary traffic island?  The Gold Coast city council has a few larger plants in there, but they didn’t plant those colourful things there… Nope, it was a local resident Kate M (not to be confused with me, Kate B), and her son.  They bought a tray of dying plants from some gardening centre and brought them back to life, transforming this boring little piece of dirt into a vibrant little ‘guerilla garden’.  My daughter (in the photo) helped plant a few of the plants herself, so she likes to think that it’s her garden too… and, well… it IS for everyone to enjoy! Continue reading