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Hi fellow gardeners,

 

Happy Birthday to us.  We are now 4 years old.

What a wonderful 4 years it's been. Apart from the Garden developing into a wonderful serene and productive space it's the friendships forged along the way that are it's best achievement.

The Garden has a strong community feel and support. Now that we are back into the Garden (re Covid restrictions) the rats seem to be gone and the produce is growing fast and needs members to harvest.  

The latest edition to the Garden is the brick garden wall seat around our feature tree which looks great.  The new hot house with shelving is enabling us to grow produce from seed. So far lettuce, beetroot and sunflower seeds have now developed into seedlings which have been now been planted out in the Garden- such excitement.

 

Our wine drive is now finished and thanks for supporting it. All proceeds are going to charity- Food For All, as our Committee want to give something back to our wide community in these hard times. Food For All does such good work helping disadvantaged on the Southern end of the Peninsula.

The days are getting longer, soon the days will be getting warmer and it's time to be outside in the Garden- see you soon. 

 

Regards

 

Anne

 

Gate access code

The gate access code has been changed and all financial members as at 7th Nov 2022 have

 

been provided with the new code.

New Key Safe

Our key safe was attached to our garden gate but rusted out and had to be replaced. A new

key safe has been fixed to the pavilion under cover next to the door. It uses the same access

 

 

code as the gate padlock and contains the key to access the pavilion.

 

Watering Roster

 

Thankyou to everyone who volunteered or were coerced into helping with the watering roster.

We now have a roster for Nov 2022 to Feb 2023 and everyone on the roster has been emailed a copy

 

There are always times we need more helpers to water when someone on the roster is unavailable. If you would like to help out with watering please contact Libby Weir on 0417 728 428.

January
2nd to 8th Christine Barnes
9th to 15th Marjorie Mclaine
16th to 22nd  Ros Leyden
23rd to 29th Vivien Smale

February

30th Jan to 5th Feb Deb Olive
6th to 12th  Martin Drerup
13th to 19th Warwick Watson

20th to 26th  Lucy Firth & David Mellor

March

27th Feb to 5th March  Jo & Brian Staniforth

Hot house now watered automatically

 

Our hot house now has a new watering system connected to our garden tank system and has a

 

battery operated timer to operate automatically. There is now no need to water the hothouse.

Entry to Garden post easing of Covid restrictions

Covid-19 regulations, updated 5/09/2022

In line with Mornington Peninsula Shire Covid-19 guidelines, the Blairgowrie Community Garden is only open for members and visitors who are double vaccinated.

Thank you for your co-operation.  The pavilion is open for Members to use.

Your Committee:

Your Committee that was elected at our General Meeting Oct 2022 for the 12 months of our 2022/2023 year are:

President:   Anne Van Veen  tel 0402 372 136

Vice President:   Tony Weir

Secretary:   Penny Doery  

Treasurer – Warwick Watson 

General committee members:

  • Vivien Smale    

  • Libby Weir     

  • Manny Zeiger 

  • Christine Seedsman

  • Peter Hobb

Sub-Committees:

Our General Committee now has an enthusiastic group of members, however if you would like to help out we are always looking for members to join our sub-committees. You do not need to be on the General Committee.

Please contact Anne if you would like to assist.

Social:  Libby Weir

Membership:  Warwick Watson      

Planting: 

Infrastructure & Maintenance:  Tony Weir

 

Communication to Members

All our communication is via email. We do not post out anything. It is your responsibility to keep your email contact details with us up to date.

Garden Rules

The Committee have drawn up a simple set of Garden Rules:

  1. Members must respect others and the garden.  

  2. All plots to be communal.  

  3. Major gardening decisions to be made by consensus of members or Committee.  

  4. Pathways to be kept clear at all times.  

  5. Tools must be cleaned and put away when not in use.  

  6. Children to be supervised.  

  7. No smoking inside garden area.  

  8. Waste to be disposed of appropriately. 

  9. Any tool or property damaged, contact our President.  

  10. Any personal injury or incident to be reported to our President and recorded. 

  11. No dogs inside garden area.  

  12. Ensure premises are locked when leaving.  

  13. Respect environment and use non chemical means to control weeds and pests.  

  14. Settle any dispute through calm discussion and goodwill. If issue remains unsolved the committee will have final decision.

These rules will be on display in the pavilion.

Committee meetings

All meetings start 2 pm at The Pavilion, Stringer Reserve unless otherwise informed.

Please note the Committee will have an agenda to work through, but we want this to be an inclusive group and all members are welcome to attend Committee Meetings. Please contact our President Anne van Veen prior to the meeting if you wish to attend. If you have an important issue to bring up at the meeting please discuss it at least one week prior to the meeting with Anne.

Membership stays at $20 for a family for 2022/2023 year

 

Our $20 household membership fee remains unchanged.  Our membership year runs from 1st October to 30th Sept each year. All financial members as at Sept 2022 have been sent an invoice for the new years fees. Please pay asap. The gate access code will be changed end of October.

Existing members: you do not need to fill in a new membership form. Please just pay via direct bank transfer to:

Bendigo Bank bsb 633 000      account number: 167642008

account name: Blairgowrie Community Garden.

Make sure you add your name to the bank transfer.

New Members: please click the "Join Us" tab on this website and complete the online application form and pay your $20 fee.

 

Thank you for your support of the community garden.  We look forward to your membership renewal.

Use of the Pavilion

Included in our lease with Council we have the rights to use the old tennis pavilion. 

It is our responsibility to keep it clean and tidy. The kitchen has a kettle and the Garden provides tea bags and instant coffee so please help yourself. There is a fridge in the kitchen but it is not feasible for the Garden to supply fresh milk, so please bring your own or check in the cupboard as there may be long life milk there.

The Point Nepean Mens Shed have built a new shed next to our garden. Their shed does not have a kitchen so we are pleased to share our facilities with them. 

There is a first aid kit and sunscreen in the kitchen. During working bees and open days over summer members are reminded to use the sunscreen. There is also a big supply of hand sterilizer in the pavilion which was donated to us.

Access to our garden

All members have been supplied with the code for the padlock which allows access to the garden. Some members have had trouble opening the padlock. Some of that is caused by the previous person locking the gate; please ensure that the "Master" brand name is facing up when the lock is closed. Otherwise it will be upside down for the next person.

If you have the correct 4 digit code you will not need to force the padlock, but it does not pop open, just a gentle pull. If you are having problem opening the lock here is a short video. 

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