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23 December 2015

Ho Ho Ho! Here is the update and highlights of Spring and early Summer 2015.

NEW BED
All along the canal fence another new bed was constructed in August to replace the original bed that had started to deteriorate. We thank North Sydney Council for the generous support.

We filled the new bed with mixture of soil, planting compost and mushroom compost and planted lettuce, rocket, beetroot, dwarf beans, purple king beans, cucumbers and cucamelon (Mexican Gherkin). All these plants have been growing and producing very well.

EVENTS
On Sunday 1 November MCG volunteers kept the tradition for fundraising barbecue and cake sale at the annual Spring into Jazz festival at Milson Park. Many thanks to enthusiastic support from our volunteers and local community we raised more than $1000 fund for the garden.

Christmas drinks for volunteers were held at Martin Halliday’s home. Thanks Martin for hosting and everyone for bringing yummy plate of nibbles and treats!

HARVEST
We have recently harvested great crops of Pontiac, Royal Blue and Otway Red potatoes. Variety of tomatoes and smallish strawberries are abundant at the moment so are the beans and cucumbers. Last Sunday a huge zucchini that had somehow got away was harvested from the outside bed to surprise everyone! (see the photo)

MEDIA COVERAGE
Early this year I reported Bruce and I had been interviewed at the garden by Tim Entwisle, Director and Chief Executive of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria for his radio program “Talking Plants” on ABC Radio National. I’ve been advised that our recording will finally be broadcasted in the ‘In The Garden’ segment of Talking Plants on Saturday 2 January 2016 at 10:05am (and repeated Sunday 3 January at 6:05am).

The link for the website and online audio (which will be on the site closer to the broadcast date) is below.
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/talkingplants/

MCG is now in the 7th year and we thank everyone who contribute and support the garden throughout the years. With your kind help and interest we are able to keep this beautiful community garden for everyone to enjoy all year around.

Please note the garden gates will be temporarily locked from 28 December during the festive season and reopen Sunday 3 January. There will be Sunday gardening on 27 December and 3 January as usual.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas, safe holidays and happy and healthy new year!!

Many thanks and best wishes.

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