A community garden is a single piece of land gardened by a group of people. The garden may consist of individual plots (sometimes called allotments) and/or areas that are gardened communally.
Many WIC members are interested in participating in community gardens, or at least finding out more. Such gardens provide an opportunity to share gardening knowledge and work in a sociable environment. It often leads to sharing seeds, produce and recipes - made all the more exciting when so many different ethnicities with our traditional plants and cuisines are working together!
We are most likely to maintain involvement in a community garden if it is close to where we live. There are a number of community gardens with membership open to the general public already in existence in Hamilton and many would welcome more members. There are also a number of groups considering starting community gardens in the area.
So that you can find out about the gardens already running that you may want to join and also to learn from their experiences, we are organising a Waikato Community Garden Network Meeting on the afternoon of Thursday 22 September in Frankton, Hamilton. More details will follow - watch this discussion page...
Some of the groups that joined WIC have their own land, and we are working one by one to help them develop their gardens. The first is in Tokoroa.
Most WIC members live in the Nawton area of Hamilton, where there is no existing community garden. The Salvation Army in nearby Grandview (where some of our Grow Your Own Vegetables From Seed workshops were held) was thinking about starting a community garden when we approached them about their land: we are now looking to work together on a joint community garden project - watch this space!
Photo: Katherine Hay of the Waikato Environment Centre talking about community gardens at our first WIC meeting. (Jovi, HMS)
This photo taken at Grandview Community Garden today shows how the kale on the right (mulch) grew better and did not have many weeds. You cannot see the kale on the left (no mulch) because it is smaller and covered in weeds. Mulching slows down weeds, keeps the soil moist and feeds the soil. At Grandview Community Garden the gardeners mulch their plots using well rotted woodchips.
Grow your own vegetables with us at Grandview Community Garden
Thursday nov 8th after work 5.30pm to 7pm: making hot compost, sowing chillies and pumpkins
New gardeners are welcome. We can help you start a garden. Now is good for sowing: chillies, tomatoes, pumpkins, cucumbers, lettuce, celery, spring onions, carrots, silverbeet, parsley, beetroot, leeks, beans and peas. Bring seeds if you have them
park on Grandview Road and walk through the gate opposite 183 Grandview Rd Hamilton. (look for the banner ) Bus route number 8 (Frankton)
Get in touch if you have any questions Clare 021 0387623 and Tim ph 021 2243109 WIC Community Garden Mentors
Free workshop - building a low cost shade house
Grandview Community Garden Saturday nov 17th 9am to 5pm:
All welcome- bring tools if you have them.
park on Grandview Road and enter through the gate opposite 183 Grandview Rd. (look for the banner ) Bus route number 8 (Frankton)
Get in touch if you have any questions Tim ph 021 2243109 WIC Community Garden Mentor
Making use of a problem weed at Grandview Community Garden
Dock (Rumex obtusifolius http://weeds.massey.ac.nz/weeds.asp?pid=90) is a difficult weed because its deep roots easily break off and re grow if not dug out carefully. Fortunately dock is rich in minerals - and we can use it like comfrey to make liquid manure :)
How to dig out dock
volunteers and gardeners build a shade house at Grandview Community Garden
A group of volunteers, gardeners and supporters worked hard on saturday to build a shade house for the garden.
The timber was recovered from large wooden pallets, which were levered apart and denailed. The finished structure was painted with fence stain, ready for the shade cloth to go on.
Tun Hla denailing the planks
Owen on the sawbench
Bob, Tun Hla and Clare L painting the frame
Going to seed
Silverbeet, lettuce and spring onion are seeding at GCG. We will collect some by cutting and drying stored upside down in paper bags in the shed, and some will land in the gardens and grow – we just need to learn to recognise them from weed seedlings when they pop up –free veg, planted for free :)
silverbeet (L) and lettuce (R) seed heads
Hamilton Organic Gardeners Group end of year tour of Grandview Community Garden
on saturday afternoon the HOGS garden group toured the community garden, saw the water harvesting system in action and joined the gardeners for a picnic afternoon tea. The Hamilton Organic Gardeners Group gave a generous donation of seeds to Grandview Community Garden:)
home made mini shade house for seedlings
New seedlings need shade on very hot summer days. This mini shadehouse was made from a broken clothes airer, a piece of shadecloth and 2 clothespegs. When the seedlings are about 10cm high they will be hardened off gradually to the full sun before being planted out.
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