Friday, 23 September 2011

The week that was and ahead....

Looking for something to do over the school holidays and want to get outside, here is a sample of whats coming up in the weeks and weekends ahead
  1. TASTE Food, Wine and Music Festival
  2. Scarecrows and Sculptures - Living on the Fringe
  3. Countdown to Narellan Rhythms Festival
TASTE Food, Wine and Music Festival, this Sunday and the Camden Town Farm on Exeter St, be sure to sample the many offerings and take in the ambience of the Town farm precinct, a great selection of local food, fine wine and great music will be showcased.

Glenmore House - Open Day is invitation only for pre booked "friends of the garden" only, apologies for any confusion as one of the local papers stated an open day on Wednesday. This was incorrectly reported in the paper.

Scarecrows and Sculptures - Living on the Fringe - Free Workshop, Miss Llewella Davies Camden Town Farm, Community Gardens, 40 Exeter St, Camden, a great initiative in conjunction with artstart and BYDS. This free workshop is on the 28th and 29th of September, open to 12 - 24yr olds, you must register via 46455106 to be part of this free workshop.

Narellan Rhythms Festival, 29th October, Elyard St, Narellan 10.30am - 3.00pm, there are lots of activities for the whole family, stall, prizes, giveaways, the Community Gardens will have their own stall, the Scarecrows from the workshop will also be on display.

Thankyou to all participants in the last working bee, a good time was had by all, some new faces dug in, and a good lunch was put on using some of the local produce.

Don't forget the next meeting is the 6th of October, it is the AGM at 6pm at camden library, nomination forms for committee positions are available to all Coommunity Garden Assoc Inc financial members and close on the 28th, call me if you require a form, via the contact number on the home page.

Happy Gardening

Friday, 16 September 2011

Working Bee plus more.....


This weekend will see folk descend on camden, the town be a hive of activity this weekend, the annual Goulburn Sydney Bike Race, NSW oldest bike race rolls into town on sunday morning, well maybe late morning anyway, Camden Park is open over the weekend on both days as well.

Working Bee

Its rolled around again and falls only a few weeks before our AGM, please make sure all membership renewals are paid up and all financial members are welcome to apply for spots on the Community Gardens Committee.

I put together a bit of a task sheet together for us on saturday, if all attendees at the working bee can sign the visitors book in the notice board it would be appreciated.

The working bee will be a good chance to clean up a few beds, these have been noted in the book and are marked with texta, thanks to all at the last working bee the herb garden is looking great and there is sure to be some produce used for the BBQ lunch. A big thankyou has to go to Vanessa Ferreira form Camden Council who kindly donated a BBQ to the Gardens last week, to be used at the town farm and for gardens events.

Other areas to be noted are:
  • more weedmatting on borders in readiness for hedge,
  • the herb garden doesn't need much attention, probably just water and a few stingers removed,
  • the area on the low side of the path, next to the cultivated paddock, (the one covered in nettles)
Scarecrows and Sculptures - Living on the Fringe

In conjunction with BYDS and as an initiative of ArtStart Youth Arts and Skills a Scarecrows and Sculptures workshop is being run at the gardens on the 28th and 29th of September, the workshop is FREE and being facilated  by local artist Freya Jobbins  Freyas Website and open to young people aged 12 to 24, refreshments and lunch will be provided, to register interest call 46455106.

Jack Frost

A few gardeners may have noticed a few deaths in the gardens early in the week, unfortunately the Community Gardens experienced a cold snap, the end result being potatoes, Tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, Zucchini also suffered substantially. Preventative measures can be discussed amongst ourselves on the weekend.

Happy Gardening Compost Comrades.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Whats Happening in Camden

Camden Park Historic House and Garden

Looking for something to do on the 17th and 18th of September, why not visit historic Camden Park (c1835), designed by colonial architect John Vergen and built for wool industry pioneers John & Elizabeth Macarthur, Camden Park is one of Australia's most important and intact Georgian Houses.

On the weekend you will find :
  • Historic House Tours
  • Guided garden Tours
  • Macarthur History Talks
  • Devonshire teas
  • BBQ & Refreshment Stalls
  • Plant & Gift Stalls
Times :

Saturday 17th September 12.00 - 4.00pm
Sunday 18th September 10.00am - 4.00pm

Further enquiries can be made on 02 46558466, Tickets are available at the door, also visit Camden Park House

On the weekend follow the signs from Elizabeth Macarthur Ave, South Camden.

Garden only tours, $5, House and Garden, $10/$8/$30 Family

Friday, 2 September 2011

Spring is here

Spring has finally arrived, the cherry trees have burst into flower and the liquid ambers are getting that green tinge from the new shoots starting to emerge.

The gardens are extremely productive at present with gardeners harvesting all manner of things, cauliflowers, broccoli, broccolini, spinach, beetroot, cabbages, celery, leeks, shallots to name but a few.

The Salvation Army "Brunch to Lunch" recieved a big basket of veggies this week, and all concerned were very grateful for the donation.

A reminder to everyone that Brunch to Lunch runs every friday at the Salvation Army in Smeaton Grange from 10.30am to 1.30pm and is open to everyone.

The last working bee cleaned up the Herb Garden as you can see on the image.

The next generation of herbs are growing, we have planted chives, italian parsley, mizuna, celeriac and rosemary.

Springs veggies are on the way and were planted a few weeks ago, growing from seed at present i have coriander, radishes, spinach beet, peas, snake beans, carrots, hurakei, cucumbers, fennel, kohlrabi, lettuce, tomatoes and eggplants. These will slowly be migrated into various gardens over the coming weeks.

Its tomato time but watch out for the cold still, i have them planted out in central camden, but i am still very cautious about putting any in at the community gardens, potatoes are in as are "8 Ball Zucchinis".

Happy Gardening

Note next working bee dates and AGM.


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