NewsletterNovember 2012
Warners Bay Community Garden
Greetings!

We hope you're enjoying the fresh spring weather and our newsletters are keeping you informed of the groups activities.
Farmers Markets - Speers Point 
With the sun shining and a cool breeze, our debut at the Lake Macquarie Farmers Markets last Saturday could not have been on a more perfect day.
Once again the enthusiasm and support of the community was really appreciated and people are eager to hear anything new regarding the DA and when we can make a start in Bunya Park.
The Farmers Markets at Speers Point are held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 8am to 1pm. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for up to date information about future stalls. 
AGM Reminder 2012
The Annual General Meeting for 2012 will be conducted before the general meeting on next Sunday 4th November at 2pm at the Lions Club hall Warners Bay. As well as election of office bearers there will be a general business discussion. If you would like anything added to the agenda, please forward it to Steve (secretary@warnersbaycommunitygarden.org) by the end of this week.

Petition Feedback  As always, the feedback from the community supporting the DA for the community garden has been fantastic. If you haven't yet signed our petition, please feel free to do so online here.

Here are some of the comments provided by the petition signatories:

"I am in full support of having a community garden in Bunya Park. I am also looking hugely forward to helping the WBCG build and maintain the community garden. Please, please, please say yes.." - Rebecca

"Something important to all societies is community and a community garden is a perfect place to start rebuilding connections with each other and the earth." - Lynden

"My family and friends are very much looking forward to the building of this much needed and wanted community garden. It will be a valuable community space." - Melinda

"This development will make a real difference, it's good for kids and families" - Trish

"This should be a no brainer. Its in the best interests of the community!" - Martin

"LMCC should be ashamed - 4 years of positive activity from a w or thy group and still no official sign off by Council!! Enough talk - APPROVE THE DA and get the garden happening!!" - Rebecca

"I fully support this garden Going ahead in my area. It will be a welcome addition to our community and will help lead the way in educating others to become more self sufficient and sustainable 
" - Warren

"I believe this garden would be a huge benefit to the community both young and old, from a health perspective and assistance to keep people in touch with their roots." - Carolyn

"I fully support the establishment of a community garden in bunya park, and believe it will be a valueable contribubtion to the social fabric of the area" - Chris 

Many more comments have been submitted and the committee would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support of this worthwhile project. If you're able to collect additional petition signatures from friends and family, please download our petition form here.  
Greenhouse Update
Our existing greenhouse has proved invaluable to the quality and quantity of seedlings we've managed to produce. A small, dedicated team of volunteers have graciously been volunteering their time and effort tending the seedlings. A second greenhouse was donated to the group recently which will be setup at another location soon.  
Christmas Raffle
Tickets are now available for our 2012 Christmas raffle. We have some fantastic prizes this year. All proceeds from the raffle will go towards the construction of the Community Garden. Total prizes valued at $715!
First prize is an Acrylic Semi Abstract Painting (49cm x 59cm), painted and donated by Patricia Smith from Eleebana. Valued at $200. Other prizes include:
  • $50 Gift Voucher for Mac's Timber & Hardware donated by Carmen Eastlake
  • Dinner for Two at Eat @ Pippis donated by Shane Grant valued at $80
  • One Bag Hemp Garden Mulch and Eco Products donated by Stuart Carter valued at $40

  • Four Grant Burge wines + insulated bag valued at $85

  • Six Angove's Family Wines + six fine wine glasses valued at over $80 
  • One dozen mixed red & white wines by Wine Selectors valued at $180  

Please have all tickets returned to Trish by 30th November.
Winning tickets will be drawn at WBCG Christmas Party, Sunday 2nd December 2012 at 2.00pm, Eat @ Pippis, Cnr. Esplanade & Main Road, Speers Point NSW 2282
. Winners' names posted on WBCG website & Facebook.

Mango Madness 

If you're fortunate enough to have an established mango tree in your garden, then this year may well prove to be the best you've ever seen! It all comes down to the weather. Most trees failed to set fruit last season due to almost continuous wet conditions over spring. This year is predicted to be very conducive for fruit to be set and held through into summer. To help them along, spray a very diluted seaweed solution onto the flowers to assist with preventing anthractnose disease and ensure the growing fruit is protected by fruit fly using organic fruit fly control products or exclusion bags. Good luck!

 

Planting Veg & Herbs This Month 

Recommendations: Artichokes, Asparagus, Basil, Beetroot, Cabbage, Capsicum, Carrots, Celery, Chilli, Chives, Choko, Climbing beans, Cucumber, Corn, Eggplant, French Tarragon, Ginger,  Lettuce, Mint, NZ Spinach/Warrigal Greens, Okra, Oregano, Pumpkin, Radish, Rockmelon, Sage, Silverbeet, Squash, Sunflower, Sweet Marjoram, Sweet Potato, Taro, Thyme, Tomato, Turnip, Watermelon, Yam, Zucchini. 

 

For more planting advice see :  

If you'd like any more information on the activities of the Warners Bay Community Garden please call or email Trish.
Click here for contact details.  
 
Sincerely,
Warners Bay Community Garden Inc.
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