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organic seeds, companion planting, no chemicals, low miles urban fresh food
stormwater capture, rain collection to tanks, mulch
& moisture retention
waste reduction composting, worm farms, local green waste collection
solar collection systems solar powered pumps to move collected water & composts tumblers
local food production
a small footprint inner suburb space where fresh organic food- veggies, herbs,fruit and flowers can be grown & harvested to build local food resources
become a member
Each year new members join,
some retire, and plots become
available. Read more about
becoming a sustainable gardener and download an application here.
President - Rob Joyner
Vice President - Maree Mann
Secretary - Kelly Meagher
Treasurer - Richard Harper
Member - Jane Major
Member - David Prieto
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CELEBRATING 10 years - planted 2009
growing a greener, healthier community
what's happening in the garden - news & events
Autumn is in full swing with more rain in the cycle and cooler temperatures ... so now is the time to compost and plant for the winter crops. See our proven "planting guides" and maintenance tips in our "How to' section for May as the current plants go for one last spurt and the new crops settle in. Keep your garden looking lush and tasting delicious.
Our President Rob recognised with an award...
In April Woollahra Council awarded Rob Joyner
their 2020 'Contribution to the Natural Environment'
Award in recognition of his dynamic and constant
energy as a founding member in 2009 and a very
involved President and contributor to our garden.
"Rob has led the Paddington Community Garden for
several years and from it's beginnings drove the
construction team which installed raised garden beds,
built a rotunda and pergolas, installed water tanks and composting tumblers and facilitated many other projects that have seen the garden develop into
the wonderful community asset it is today. Rob's commitment to preserving the local natural environment influences all the practices adopted in the garden relatingb to organic gardening, recycling green waste and watering wisely. Congratulations Rob! Thanks for all your hard work and effort over many years."
the council said in it's award press statement.
In March the gardeners got together for a Working
Bee... much achieved, lots of weeding and preparation
of team plots finished off with a sausage sizzle and
a Pumpkin opening... big doesn't always mean great
New Gardeners WAIT LIST now CLOSED
Now in our 11th year demand to join our band of over
53 gardeners has been so great we have received so
many Expressions of Interest from our Joining Page that we have decided to close new applications for the moment. Check back with us in 2021 (or post-COVID) to see if places have become available.
Celebrating 10 years of GROWTH... in October last year 60 of our gardeners and friends sat down around a very long table down the centre of our lush garden to celebrate the first decade of the Paddington Community Garden over
a "Big Fat Greek Lunch". Lots of hard work, inspiring leadership and friendship have gone into making this a successful community space. As usual the teams of volunteers put together something special to mark this milestone. Champagne in the pergola to start, classic entrees of Dolmades, Tzatziki & bread, followed by oodles of BBQ Lamb and Rosemary, roast chickens, salads extraordinaire, honeyed sweets and a few glasses of cold liquids, resulting in that very full feeling... satisfaction that we have celebrated well.
Top TIPS... a number of our gardeners have shared their experiences and insights with a series of short workshop at our monthly meetings. Here's 2 to enjoy; Rob shares his hard learned lessons on successfully growing tomatoes (there's also a link to a segment on ABC's Gardening Australia for even more tips from Tino in Tasmania) and Djo gives us a unique perspective on lunar planting... moon fans click here.
My Garden Rules!'... recipes from the gardeners. The organic produce that grows in our community garden goes into delicious healthy meals... our talented gardeners share some of their favourite veggie recipes right here.
Sample David's 'Healthy Veggie Balls"... if you have lots of Silverbeet, or other spinach, and you'd like to do something different here's a way to make some great comfort food, inspired by the Italians, or maybe the Spanish in David's case. Based on Strangolapreti alla Trentina here's the link...
Or... enjoy Djo's 'Ratatoueille a la Francias' recipe... eggplants are easy to enjoy warm with meats, salads, BBQed, and so delish! Visit our recipes page (just below "Gallery" in the top banner) and start enjoying your Aubergine harvest more.
events coming up
Next Garden Meeting and is Sunday to be advised
NOW CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 ... the meeting would have started at 4pm, Our next monthly get together to share team reports and ideas will on we hope in April, followed by a communal harvest meal prepared by one of our garden teams. Join in, come along.
See you in the garden soon.
Garden members celebrate our 10 Years of Growth
over our 'Big Greek Lunch' in October.. full tummies and lots of smiles
workshops coming up
Understanding Wormfarming -
DATE to be advised run by Woollahra Council staff
This course shows how easy it is to reduce household
waste through the artof composting and worm farming.
Learn how to turn you organic waste into food for your
garden using a worm farm. Topics covered include:
principles of worm farming, troubleshooting, how to
use compost and worm castings; and the
environmental benefits of worm farming.