Archive for October, 2010

Community Garden Mt Eden, Poronui street

October 29th, 2010

The long awaited community garden for Mount Eden has been established. The launching was on the 10th of October with lots of hands planting the new boxes as we acknowledged many who had worked and donated goods to make this happen. The next day the birds got into the action  as well and pecked alot of the new seedlings- we have now installed bird netting.

Water is crucial to any garden, so we approached our next door neighbours to get access to their water line. They have agreed- thanks Mt Eden Tennis Club.
The next task is to install  a tap with a water meter. Our latest quote is $700 plus GST, however we have no funds at present to do this. Meanwhile we are hand watering from the water supplies of other kind neighbours.

The next tasks include putting in three more planter boxes, we have the wood to construct these but  we are now looking for some soil.

On our wish list:
1) A friendly plumber who could help us by installing our tap with a water meter.

2) Bricks, Soil, Garden Hose, Garden shed

We look forward to hearing from you!

Want to get involved?  The community garden group meets every Sunday at 2pm.

Where: at the end of Poronuistreet, behind the bowling club.

Contact Michele: or text her on 021 2161684.

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10/10/10 Mt Eden Environmental Working Bee

October 11th, 2010

Yesterday we inaugurated the Mt Eden Community Garden in style. Over a hundred adults, children and dogs turned up to celebrate and help muck in at the 10.10.10 global environmental awareness day.

The event kicked off with Brian collecting food scraps from 3 local cafes (Frasers, The Essential Deli, KC Loo and Chapter) with a bicycle and trailer provided by Adventure Bikes. The speeches started at 2:30 and Michele together with Ken Clarke (of Square Foot Gardening fame) officially opened the garden at 2:45. The first seedlings were planted by Scott from CCS Community Garden, Donna from Mt Eden Bowling Club and Kevin from FriendlyPak.

Since it was a community day, we did a little exercise where we split up into groups, introduced ourselves and discussed what we individually and collectively could do to make our lives more sustainable.    286

The fun for the kids cracked off with an awesome “interactive and educational” treasure hunt, expertly run by Candice. I can honestly say I’ve never seen kids so engrossed in learning about what can and can’t be put in the compost. And Candice made it so fun and exciting, helped of course by prizes from The Candy Man, Mainly Toys and Eden Pools.

While all this was happening, the oldies were kept busy with yummy nibbles and refreshments care of The Essential Deli and a highly informative Composting Workshop held by Anthony.

Raffle tickets were sold with the lucky winners receiving prizes from Molten, Frasers, City Cake Company and Chapter. We also raised money by selling gardening tools. The total raised on the day was $286.

Thanks to all who helped behind the scenes and of course everyone who came and made it a thoroughly enjoyable day.

You can check out our 10/10/10 working bee movie !

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