We have poo!!! Pony poo, that is. Thanks to the Tweed Heads Pony Club for providing our community garden with pony poo! Everyone was busy this afternoon, shoveling and dumping poo in the front planter beds. Well, I was sort of standing around with my thumb in my nose taking photos… I did have one baby on my back and a 3 year old to watch and make sure she didn’t get run over by a wheelbarrow. As my daughter was falling asleep tonight, she was asking all about the poo…
‘So… mummy, why did they put pony poo in the garden beds?’, she asked
‘That does seem a little funny, doesn’t it!’?’, I replied, ‘It’s because when we put the plants in the planter beds, the poo will help the plants to grow.’
She said, ‘Ok, so, the plants will grow from the poo and then we’ll eat the plants and that means that we’ll eat the pony poo?’.
Oh… haha! I love conversations with 3 year olds!
In the planter beds, we have wood chips and pony poo as the fill. And, soon, on top of the fill, we will be putting soil and compost. It all sounds like a very nutrient rich little environment for our garden to grow in!
Networking in Action
We had quite a little crowd for late on a Thursday afternoon, I would say about 10 people, give or take a few kids and a few people standing around talking (ahem, like myself). But, even standing around and just ‘talking’ at a community garden might mean something. For example, I was standing around talking to a lady from another community garden nearby, in Tugun. She is in charge of grants and donations for her community garden and she was very interested in helping to get our community garden on its feet. I have an interest in working on raising money from grants and donations, so we were brainstorming about ways we can work together to help get more money for both gardens! A bit of synergy! She was saying how it actually pays for community gardens to work in alliance because it means that we can raise even more money. She was also saying how gathering money to run a community is something that is relatively easy when compared to raising money for anything else.
I *think*, although I’m not sure, that our next steps are to secure soil and compost and worms! Kate was also saying that once the garden beds are filled with soil and compost, that we need to let them settle for a couple of weeks before we start planting. Wow, I can’t wait to start planting!