Newstead Community Garden

DSCN2669

Newstead Community Garden is situated behind the All Saints Anglican Church which donated the land for the garden.

People began to dig the garden in 2009 and its development has been guided by a garden plan based on a mandala. There are plots for individuals to till as well as communal beds.

Biodynamic and permaculture principles are used in the growing of fruit and vegetables.

The garden is a resource for the local community.

I attended an open air cooking class there last November.

DSCN2664

There are quiet places to sit under the old peppercorn tree.

DSCN2665

DSCN2671

DSCN2672

Beekeeping, a worm farm and a sheltered, warm space for plant propagation and seedling raising are some of the garden related activities.

DSCN2666

DSCN2667

DSCN2668

DSCN2670

All that love and attention have created a productive and colourful garden.

DSCN2678

Advertisements

6 Responses

  1. Thanks! Such a fabulous, colorful and productive garden. I must admit that I have never sat under a peppercorn tree, though I would love to. 🙂

    • Peppercorn trees were a favourite planting in areas which experience hot, dry summers and unfavourable soil eg. hard, stony, clay. I think they must also be frost hardy. They have a weeping habit and develop characterful gnarled trunks and branches.

      There are many beautiful old specimens in the towns and cities of central Victoria.

  2. I’m a great believer in community gardens Margaret. Great that this one is using the principles which will ensure safe and productive gardening.

    • Yes, Enivea. Community gardens are a great expression of community spirit. A lot of knowledge and experience is shared in these gardens.

  3. It looks wonderful, and the principle is admirable. I’d love it if there was more of this type of thing near where I live. Love and attention needs to be the way to go.

    • Community gardens can be quite diverse. The Newstead garden is large and rural in its setting.

      The new community garden in Castlemaine is right in the middle of town and built on a carpark. Many of the beds are wooden fruit crates modified to be wicking beds.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: