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Winter Solstice at David Pepper's

Thanks to the 27 members that came - quite the eclectic crowd. A 2nd, then 3rd table, added, groaning under the weight of earthly delights.
Fortunate timing brought us glorious weather, to celebrate the shortest day that heralds lengthening ones to come. 
A group headed off to marvel at the latest goings on the garden, David full of wise musings and cheeky witt at usual.
Others mingled by the cheery fire, sharing tips and swapping yarns. 
A wonderful winter's day.

David's garden had plenty of trees carrying fruit (see photos). He had enough citrus to make a small mountain. There were also at least three different nut trees that had fruited / nutted recently. There was a macadamia, a candle nut and a Bunya. David had been given the Bunya in a pot and it is now a very impressive specimen. A seedling under the tree was passed on to another member to raise the next generation. Another member present also has Bunyas that are dropping cones. He has successfully gone from seed to seed!

Thanks to David for sharing his garden with us again.

Diary Dates

Garden Visit to Tim’s new Food Forest in Fernmount

Saturday July 20, 1pm - 4pm

Remember to seek out the sign-in sheet on arrival.
Please bring a plate to contribute to our shared lunch
Bring seeds and excess plants to share if you have any.

More than meets the eye in this new Fernmount garden:

Tim Hill and his growing family have been living in what was a vacant block for just over two years now, some of you may be familiar with it as the former 'Secret Garden' nursery. Lots of planning, passion and effort has netted him a food forest, jumping out of the ground out and proud, in the front yard. An unorthodox style, but then a little chaos always brings opportunity.

Around the back there is more experimentation and innovation with livestock and microclimates; endless fun and education for his kids.

Join us for lunch in a fledgling garden - ready to take off, full of vigour and promise. See what's been happening so far on the FB page Secret Garden Tiny Farm

You will need to bring a chair if you would like something to sit on other than the ground!

Coming? RSVP to obtain the address and so we know who’s attending, even if you already know how to get there.
Organiser: Leela O'Callaghan or phone 0417 536 490

Seed & Plant Swaps

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Thanks to Jeff and Tim for the photos, and Leela for most of the report on the last garden visit.
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