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sustainable design

organic practices
organic seeds, companion planting, no chemicals, low miles urban fresh food

water harvesting
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

Most years some members retire
and plots become available for
new members.  Read more about
becoming a sustainable gardener and the application process here.   

 

our committee

President - Bill Mann

Vice President - Rob McKay

Secretary  - Kelly Meagher

Member - Didi Bunjamin

Member - Etsuko Georgiou

Member - Joe Rodigari

 

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CELEBRATING 15 years  - planted 2009
growing a greener, healthier community
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what's happening in the garden - news & events

Autumn is fading, temperatures plummeting, rain is on & off...  so plants
have been taking a pounding, with growth spurts and changes in climate signals creating confusion.  Time to keep on with weeding, mulching, fertilizing, harvesting / tidying up.  Teams have been busy planting new crops into Team Plots and growth of those winter vitals is well underway, See our calendar
of events coming up throughout the 2024 year down below.  And tap our knowledge bank to inform your next planting by seeing our proven  "planting guides"and maintenance tips, Click here to visit our  "How to' section and specifics for May  as the days rapidly shorten and temperatures drop. 
Keep your soil quality high with continuous composting.  If you haven't visited the resources and planting tips on this site take a walk through  May & June guides now in our "How to" section..  Regular visits to our fountain of growing knowledge can really get you some delicious results.

In December 2023 our long serving President and
garden founding member Rob Joyner decided to
step down
from responsibilities after 15 years of
selfless, enthusiastic contribution to our community
garden and hand the reigns to Bill Mann.  We asked
how he encapsulated the time, effort and rewards in
the garden and how things have changed.  He replied
without hesitation... " it's been 15 years of friendship,
fun and fab food." Click here to read Rob's thoughts on
two decades of change in community attitudes to
growing your own.

ASPIRING new Gardeners? ...finally we are now
open 
with limited places for new MEMBERS. Now
in our
15th year demand to join our band of over 53
gardeners
outstripped the plots available during and
post-
COVIDeraWe know many have been waiting to
join and
can announce that 'Expressions of Interest'
can nowproceed.  Get started at the green JOIN button
in the left column of this page Green fingers crossed!

OUR Garden Meeting held in November celebrated our 2023 CHRISTMAS PARTY... with themes echoing the letter "H' in our Fancy-dress journey... Hippies and Hawaiins were among the colourful characters this year for this "peace man" gardening community get together.  As usual there was a HUGELY generous spread of delicious foods and liquids enjoyed.  Next year is
the "Year of i " so get thinking you, I mean i-something.

 

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 will be on Sunday June 23rd starting at 3pm. 
Join us in the pergola for an update and sharing of growing ideas at the meeting.   There will be a delicious Harvest Meal bought to you by Team B

after the meeting.... see you there for a winter warmer, or two!

QUICK CALENDAR of 2024 EVENTS planned in the GARDEN for your diary

March 24 -  Plant out day for new team crops

May 26 -  Communal Working Bee to spruce up the garden

July 28 -  Another Working Bee to springboard out of deep winter

September 22 -  Team Plant Out Day for Spring crops

November 24 -  Christmas Party time already... "i" theme

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 years of GROWTH celebrated... in October 2019 (pre-COVID era) 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.

Garden members celebrate our 10 Years of Growth

over our 'Big Greek Lunch'  full tummies and lots of smiles

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workshops coming up

 

Understanding Wormfarming / Composting (Online workshop) -
Run by
Woollahra Council experts - MAY 7  and MAY 11

These courses shows how easy it is to reduce household

waste through the art of 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. Details at link here: https://www.woollahra.nsw.gov.au/Environment/education-programs-and-events/Upcoming-events


 

our gardeners recent instagram pics below
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