Yinnar & District Cpmmunity Garden – Sep. 2011

First Sunday of the MonthWorkshops

Feeling Fruity!, Sustainable Garden Workshop, Organic Pest Control & Growing Summer Vegies Workshops have been hosted by the Yinnar & District Community Garden at ARC Yinnar. The workshops have been very popular with locals and have provided a common interest for those in the community impacted on by the bushfires and keen to re-invigorate their gardens.

Workshop attendance has been from 40 – 70 people with the vivacious Helen Tuton warming up the Switchroom on a cool winter’s day. Helen had audiences eating out of the palm of her hand as she is an entertaining and informative presenter who shares her knowledge and experience on all matters horticultural with passion and insight.

Helen Tuton, also known as the ‘Barefoot Gardener’ (you can google her new web site) is a horticulturalist and scientist of some fame having worked with Sustainable Gardening Australia as a presenter promoting the benefits of sustainable horticulture, and as the principal writer of “Cuttings”, Sustainable Gardening Australia’s monthly e magazine (google Sustainable Gardening Australia to subscribe to this e-mag).

Helen’s dream is to connect communities, enrich lives and inspire more sustainable lifestyles and I think the crowd was well pleased with her refreshing and informative style. With tips from using white vinegar (1:10parts water) as a very effective weed killer, using powdered gypsum once a year to break up clay, being careful with liquid gypsum as it has a sufectant in it that is deadly to frogs, avoiding synthetic fertilisers as they are ‘like steroids for plants’, and feeding the soil rather than the plant with dynamic lifter (made of good stuff like chook pellets, blood ‘n bone, fish etc) to not using snail & slug pellets as they are bad for lizards, skinks & frogs, as they eat the poisoned snails & slugs.

Helen’s companion planting guide can be found at sgaonline.org.au, and we are very thankful to Sustainable Gardening Australia and the Helen McPherson Trust for supporting bushfire impacted
areas by sponsoring presenters such as Helen and the establishment of the Yinnar & District Community Garden out back of ARC Yinnar.

Upcoming workshops are October – Composting & Worm Farms, November – Effective Garden Irrigation & December – Backyard Biodiverstity. Phone Catheryn 0435 048 153 or email YinnarCG@telstra.com to book for these first  Sunday of the month events. We need you to book so catering & copies of notes can be organised. You don’t have to be an expert gardener to participate.

All workshops will be held in the SwitchRoom at ARC Yinnar and will run from 1.30 – 3.30pm.
Remaining workshops for 2011 are:

  • Sun, Oct 2nd – Composting & Worm Farms
  • Sun, Nov 6th – Effective Garden Irrigation
  • Sun, Dec 4th – Backyard Biodiversity

Healthy Gardens Healthy People Healthy Environment

Yinnar & District Community Garden Working Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month, at 5.30pm, in the foyer at ARC Yinnar, all welcome. Contact Catheryn Thompson.