It’s the last day of our FB fundraiser. We’re about halfway to the amount we need, which will match our savings and get us to our goal. If you like what we do and have a few bucks spare, please consider donating. You can do it on FB but we’ll also take more personal considerations if you don’t trust the system.

You can even leave an unmarked envelope of cash in the letterbox under the cover of darkness if that appeals to you more… https://ift.tt/2Y1jk6d share2steem via Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz_7NE9gF0Y/

Joe’s Connected Gardens extravaganza! 

It’s that time of the year again Our friends at Joe’s Connected Gardens are having their Open Gardens event this coming weekend.  It’s always a fun, educational experience where everybody can learn something about plants and permaculture.  This event has been getting bigger and better every year with ever larger crowds learning ever more. It’s awesome and we’re really happy to be a small part of it.  There is legion of talks and events given by various luminaries (but the best looking one is on Saturday at 12.30! Here’s the lineup – The  11.00   Andrew Barker  Grow Free 11.00 – 11.30 Andrew Thompson Espalier pruning  12 – 12.30 Phil Curl wicking boxes  12.30 Malcolm Haines  Edible weeds walk 12.30 – 12.50 Rosanne on composting 1.00pm – 2.00 Sophie Thomson  2.00-2.30 Rosanne   “The connecting of the gardens; how JCG came to be” 2.30 – 3.30 RFS panel Q&A 3.30 – 4.00  Joe  demonstration “Planting fruit trees in clay soil” SUNDAY 10.30 -11 Rosanne  “The connecting

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Retrofitting for Summer

Our  next door neighbours, Steve and Donna have been having trouble with the heat. We had access to a few extra resources and were sure the community could provide more, so decided to do what we could to retrofit the front of their house to protect it from the Sun. Their place is the same as ours, the longest axis faces almost west and cops the full Sun in the afternoon in Summer with the bedroom and lounge room windows on that side. We really started a month or so back by planting rapid growing, tall, edible plants along the little strip by the bedroom windows. We had Sunflower and Corn seedlings to spare, plus some Jerusalem Artichokes thea needed removing from our garden. Next, we’ll add in some groundcover like cucumbers. The idea is to provide a bed of edible plants that will shade the soil, brickwork and windows and also add moisture to cool the are flowing into

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