Celebrate nature, explore foods and tend to the gardens! Here is our future food, grown sustainably in, by and for your community. The Food Forest Ashburton is a community food garden in a park in Ashburton Victoria Australia. – It is always open, there is no fence! – You are part of this special garden too, whether you come once a year, once a week or just wander through. The Food Forest Ashburton is run by volunteers since 2012, with the support of Craig Family Centre, Boroondara Gardiners Creek Lions Club and City of Boroondara. We would love your ideas and involvement! Find us near Gardiners Creek bike trail in Winton Road.
Each Saturday morning we will be doing a few gardening activities in the food forest to help with its establishment.
This includes planting a few more of the understorey plants, watering if necessary and removing kikuyu regrowth.
The apple tree was removed this week due to it having a bad case of apple mosaic virus. So the first Saturday we will plant its replacement. We have also been painting the kikuyu with eucalyptus oil to kill it off and it seems to be working (early days yet). We will stay vigilant and make sure we get all the regrowth early.
We are also planting lucerne in the understorey to fix nitrogen, bring up nutrients from deeper in the soil, and provide a living mulch.
It is getting much more summery in Melbourne but it is still very pleasant gardening at the food forest so come along and join in.
We will be back at the food forest this Saturday afternoon 3-5pm.
Come along for a guided tour of the food forest or participate in some gardening activities.
This week we will be concentrating on managing kikuyu regrowth (probably by spraying with oil or vinegar) and making an edge between the forest and the surrounding grassed area. There are also some small seedlings to plant if you’d like to satisfy a green thumb craving.
Our food forest has been officially born with completion of the Stage 1 plantings. There are heaps of support plants under the trees – too tiny yet to see in the wide scale photo – but they are there believe me. Thanks to all the great volunteers, many neighbours and food forest enthusiasts who have made this a reality. You know who you are and you all put in an incredible effort. My heartfelt thanks.
Here’s a pic of two very happy co-convenors.
And some of our precious plants. This is how they start. Now lets watch them grow.
Walnut with the season’s first shoots
Where would we be without comfrey?
ooooh – Sorrel. Yum
Rose scented geranium
Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb…
White mulberry with white 10cm long fruit that wont stain kids clothes when they cant resist climbing up the tree for a snack.
I’m looking forward to everything growing up and becoming a real forest.
I hope you will join us on this journey – it will be very satisfying.