Tie a yellow ribbon …

Red rag tied to the trunk of an apple tree

Ribbon showing a tree has been adopted

It’s time to adopt a tree. Our fruit trees need a bit of extra nurturing as we head out of summer so adopt one or two and water them every time you come to the garden. Just tie a piece of rag around a branch so everyone knows it’s ‘yours’.

Two people for each tree would be ideal. If you see a tree with two rags tied to it, you know it’s already taken care of – there are plenty of trees to choose from.

Give your tree a good soak when you come – about the equivalent of four buckets of water – and watch it grow!

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HOW TO MAKE PASTA

Italian_cookbookNext Saturday 21 March, Hilda and Laurie of the Yarra Valley will teach you how to make pasta from scratch. These first-generation Italians are passionate about their recipes and would love to share them with you. Their new book Wow! It’s Italian will be available on the day. After making the pasta, you are welcome to stay on for lunch. Bring along some tomatoes, zucchinis, eggplants or anything else from your garden that would suit a pasta sauce. We’ll aim to dish up the fresh pasta and sauce around noon.

When: 10 am, 21 March 2015
Where: Rosebud Community Garden
Cost: gold coin donation

A buzz in the air for our first 2015 open day

It wasn’t just bees creating a buzz for our first open day for the year. There was a great turnout from members and their families, and we welcomed some new faces, both at the workshop and just coming in to take a look around.

The working bee spread loads of mulch under the fruit trees, netted the nectarine tree, did lots of weeding (as ever) and painted some helpful signs. John led a workshop on pests and predators, ably answering all our questions about how to protect our plants without hurting the environment. Lunch was a feast of homemade goodies, followed by a harvest exchange. We even had some after-lunch music fromMulching_crop Giles!

The workshop program continues in February with a talk on our friends the worms.

The garden is looking lovely at the moment. Summer produce is flourishing and everyone seems to be carrying away heavy baskets of fruit and veggies, and sharing what they don’t need. The tomatoes are having a particularly good year in our patch.