Hello fellow gardeners, members and friends. Spring has sprung as the saying goes and we have been very busy at our Community Gardens during the winter months.
A highlight of the month of August was hosting a morning tea visit from the Forbes Neighbourhood Central with more than 40 clients. The clients and our members had a great time talking gardening.
Listed below are some of our recent achievements, thanks to the hard work of members and friends.
We have built one new large garden plot, purchased two high rise beds for gardeners with limited mobility all of which have already been rented, and six smaller communal plots in which to grow vegies for sale to the community. We have started our spring planting in the communal garden plots.
We now have a regular stall at the Forbes Farmer’s Markets where, apart from fresh vegies we have lots of potted plants for sale.
We are currently renewing memberships for $10 and we also have Garden plot memberships from $20 to $30. As always we are looking for new “gardeners” to join us. Forms are available at the Forbes Shire Council where fees are also to be paid.
Our October and November working bees were very big days and many thanks must go to the small band of very willing workers. A major achievement was to commence spreading blue metal dust to make the surface round the garden beds much safer for all gardeners to get around. Our regular working bees are held the first Saturday of every month from 9am and members of the community are very welcome.
Our two competitions, Best Individual Vegetable Garden Bed and Best Scarecrow, are fast coming to a close with entries closing this Friday November 10. Entry forms available from local businesses displaying the posters, Forbes Shire Council & Library, Bunnings, Bernardi’s and Woolworths.
Don’t forget the gardens are open on Saturdays from 9am to 11am and Monday to Friday (depending on the availability of our volunteers) – look for our big red OPEN sign. We sell the produce from the community garden beds, potted plants and seedlings. The gardens are in Reymond Street on the site of the old Forestry Nursery.
For more information please visit our Facebook page “Forbes Riverside Community Garden”, contact Anne Hodges on 0268 511234 or Heather Moore 0409 029 529 or just rock along to the gardens.