Plot Allocation Day – This Saturday!

If you’re lucky enough to have been allocated a plot then this Saturday is for you!

Come on down from 10am to help spread the top soil and mark out the plots, then join in the lucky dip at 1pm to see which plot you get!

We’ll put on a BBQ and drinks, but help us out by bringing a plate of snacks to share for lunch if you can.

Busy bee, this Sunday!

A reminder that our next busy bee will be held this Sunday, not Saturday; we’ve decided to rotate weekend days for those of you who work or have other weekend duties on Saturdays. So this is your chance to get down and dirty on the site!

We’re working on final plot allocations now, so if you’ve applied for one, this is a good time to show your involvement and help get the site ready so you can get gardening in your own plot.

The fun starts at 10am, and we’ll work until about 4pm. Come for an hour, come for the whole day – bring snacks and lunch, gumboots, tools, kids, dogs and we’ll provide tea, coffee extra tools and general good company. Post AFL Grand Final talk optional.
We’ll be holding a new members orientation from 11-11:30am, so if you haven’t been down before, this will be a good way to find out about how the MCCG started, what the garden will look like and how you can get the most out of being a part of it.

General jobs on the day will include: Finishing plot edging (a bit of woodwork), weeding, & mulching paths. We will be laying down newspaper and cardboard over the paths before putting mulch on top so whatever you do don’t recycle this week, bring these and reuse them instead down at the MCCG. We now have a water tank and a shed, and every working bee ends with the site looking more and more like a real garden.

Also – mark your diaries: Saturday October 9th is the next big day for the MCCG – following a morning’s busy bee, plots will be officially handed over to successful applicants!

Busy Bee @ MCCG

Things to do:

  • Dig 1m from fence to inside of tank base for timber frame
  • Prepare perimeter indigenous garden beds
  • Trench needs to dug for pipes 100-150cm wide, approx 250 mm deep (this trench runs along the garden bed perimeter.
  • Finish garden bed edging and mow grassy paths, then lay mulch on paths (75-100mm deep)

Bring gloves, shovel and thermos of tea/coffee and biscuits

Each Peach Fundraiser Dinner – Sold out!

Garden Party!

It’s on! Join us on August 14th   for a  Garden Party with a Merri twist….a 3-course dinner  at Each Peach, 506 Lygon St,with an all-organic, locally-sourced menu, entertainment and good times, for $35/head!

The party’s set and it’s a sell out crowd! If you’re super keen on a ticket you can still email us below as there might be some people who can’t make it.

To find out more, email [email protected]

SOLD OUT!

The Dig Day Out – Saturday 3rd July

The Dig Day Out

Saturday 3rd July – 10.30am til 5pm

After 4 long years in the making the Merri Corner Community Garden is finally getting down to core business – GARDENING!
Come join us on the opening day of construction on Saturday 3rd July.

The event

10.30am   Official Grand Opening Ceremony
11.00am Light breakfast
11.30am   The digging begins!
1.00pm   BBQ Lunch
2 -5pm More digging!

Bring it!

(if you have it)
Forks, shovels, wheelbarrows, gardening gloves, rakes, hoes, picks, raincoats, can-do attitude.

Where?

The Merri Corner Community Garden,
194 Donald Street (Cnr Harrison),
East Brunswick.
Limited car parking available.
Ride your bike instead!

Indigenous Plants Workshop

Saturday 31st July – 1.30pm

@ MCCG site with Eve Archbold

Learn about some of the beautiful local native plants that can be used in your garden to attract birds and butterflies, create privacy and even to plant for some bush tucker! We’ll go for a stroll along Merri Creek to learn how to identify some local plants, and then have a chat about some particularly beautiful native plants for small spaces or pots.  If you have time you can stick around for a working bee at MCCG where we will be planting out the native garden beds to compliment the total garden design.
Eve Archbold has recently returned from Tanzania where she has, since 2008, been implementing and managing a permaculture project for an Australian NGO called foodwatershelter.  She is currently completing a Master of Urban horticulture at Melbourne University.
Interested?
RSVP by email or phone Bernie on 0401 476 839.

Raised Beds Workshop

Saturday August 7th – 1:30pm

@ MCCG site with the Urban Carpenters

The Urban Bush Carpenters are coming to the MCCG to help us learn about and build raised garden beds, wooden planter boxes and compost bins.  The fellas use found timber and pellets to make these fantastic additions to any garden and are going to be available all day on Saturday the 7th of August to work alongside volunteers and create some of the structural raised gardens and compost bays for the Merri Corner Community Garden.  A great day to come down and do some bush carpentry and learn some new skills.  Bring some lunch, or something to share and make a day of it! Everyone is welcome!

Interested?
RSVP by email or phone Bernie on 0401 476 839.

UPDATE!

We’ve just collected a about 130metres worth of timber from Lismore for the edges of the raised beds. Check out Gavin hard at work sorting the wheat from the chaff: