Warmed by May sunshine, we learnt about the community's scarecrow competitions and “weed and feed” nights. Among the interesting tid-bits, apparently it is quite common for people to take a plot in order to learn about growing food. Some other community gardeners are generous with their knowledge, so after a few years they have the confidence and skills to cultivate their own backyards.
We discussed general issues with setting up and running the Gardens as well as the uncertainty about its future relocation. It was good that Ann Stevens could join us on the tour. A friend of Transition Hobsons Bay, Ann is working to set up a community garden at Avondale Heights.
During our visit a few people were hard at work planting out and harvesting, except when we distracted them with afternoon tea. Afternoon teas are emerging as a Transition Hobsons Bay speciality; today it was Val’s scones, Wendy’s tamarillos and ANZACs and plenty for all.
Thanks Val and Dianne for the warm welcome and we wish the Gardens all the best.
Written by Kate Leslie