Food Forest Celebration

We are kicking up our gumboots and celebrating the opening of the Winton Road Food Forest.

Friday 30th November, 6-9pm at the food forest.

Please bring a plate of finger food to share, BYO drinks and chair/picnic rug.

It will get dark after sundown so a torch is probably needed if you plan to stay late.

Everyone who has shown an interest in our food forest is welcome.

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Summer working bees each Saturday 9-11am

Lucerne “Sequel” in flower

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.

Hope to see you there

Food Forest gardening, Saturday 10th November, 3-5pm

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.

Bring the kids, bring the dog. All welcome.

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Stage 1 complete!

13 newly planted food forest trees

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

Pyrethrum

Carob

Where would we be without comfrey?

ooooh – Sorrel. Yum

Rose scented geranium

Alpine strawberries

Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb…

Yacon

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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