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Garden Update 22.9.16

Our Garden community welcomes back Ben Wall and his work for the dole team for another exciting 6 months that will undoubtedly enhance the development, excitement, function and beauty of the Garden.

Our plots have never been more attractive or productive than right now. We are contributing lots of healthy greens to the Food for Alice Saturday morning market every week and there's more from the community plots that Garden members can take home.

Our fruit trees took an absolute hammering over the past 6 months, mostly from the grasshopper plague but also from the hailstorm. We have recently fertilised and mulched them with compost and well rotted cow manure and they appear to be well on the road to full recovery. Please mr and ms grasshoppers give us a reprieve this coming summer!

Our remaining mulberry trees, including those we transplanted are clothed in bright green and there should be a feast for the picking soon.

Our working bees continue on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month. Jobs vary from assisting plot holders to develop their gardens to making and turning compost, to mulching garden plots and trees with manures, to spreading chip mulch on paths, to weeding thistles and prickles like bogun flea, to digging out buffel grass on the hill behind(a long term project to return it to its former natural state).

The 'iron wood' solar pergola is up and paving underneath is progressing. We hope to have a few more projects completed by the Gardens Spring Fair on Sunday October 2nd from 10am -1pm.

Currently we have 34 individual plots, each of around 10-12 square metres with irrigation installed. We have the potential to reach around 50 plots all up if there is sufficient demand. Come along to a working bee on the first or third Sunday of the month, or go to our website at Alice Springs Community Garden.

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