Tuesday, February 9, 2010

All Happening at the Fig

Hi Gardener,
It’s back to business at Fig Tree.  The January working bee was cooled by the rainy weather and around 20 people pounced on the couch.  Some follow up through the week by super weeder Shaun Hobson (pat that man on the back when you see him) and we unveiled some veges.  Get down there and pick some boc choy, silver beet, basil, capsicums, egg plant, zucchini, squash, enough chilies to start a fire and cucumbers to put the fire out.  There is plenty of planting to do, some compost to spread and I think Shaun left a few weeds to pull.  If you do plant, follow up with regular water, because you might be the only one who knows where you put it.  If you want company on site there are always people floating around on Thursdays and Fridays.
Community Kitchen plus Farewell for Euri, Tom and Guillermo Fri 12 Feb from 5pm
Tom, Euri and Guillermo and part of the furniture at Fig Tree and if you have been to a working bee or community kitchen in the last 5 years, chances are you know them.  They constantly deliver loads of joy, wisdom and plants to Fig Tree (not to mention their remarkable talent with that pizza oven). 
This will be Euri, Tom and Guillermo's last Friday at the Garden for a while, as they leave for 10 months in Venezuela the following week. Please come and share one of Tom's bocconcini and anchovy pizza specials, or maybe even one of Euri's Cuban style pork roasts. Tom says “They will miss friends and the figtree, and hope to come back with some good ideas on community organising and action from Venezuela, as well as sharing the Fig Tree experience with friends there”.
BYO something to bake or a few pizza toppings.
Thanks to Warners Bay Community Garden
Warners Bay Community Garden is an unstoppable force developing in Lake Macquarie.  They are in the process of acquiring land as they have already acquired a big list of members, a stack of materials, a solid committee, a website and even money for resources.  If you live on the northern end of the lake you might like to keep an eye on or even join this group.  Steve Taylor, an active member of Fig Tree is a key driver for the group.  He is building some strong connections between the two gardens.  Check out http://www.warnersbaycommunitygarden.org/index.jsp. 
The group also recently dropped off a few seedlings to Fig Tree that were left over from their fund raising activities and for this we owe then a big THANKYOU.
Working Bee Sun 28 Feb
If you are yet to engage with many people at Fig Tree, the working bee is the place to do it.  And we put on a pizza lunch in return for your efforts.  Hope to see you there.
Seniors Week Event Friday 26 March 10am-1pm
Once again Newcastle Council are helping to put this on for the seasoned gardeners.  A morning of knowledge sharing in the garden and surrounds will be followed with some wood fired treats.  It’s a free event to celebrate the wisdom of the elders.  If you are a seasoned gardener, then come along and invite your friends and family.  For catering purposes let us know with a return email if you are attending.