Bundanoon Community Garden

Dec 23, 2013 by

Bundanoon Community GardenThe Bundanoon Community Association have used a $1000 donation from the Veolia Mulwaree Trust to fund the expansion of the Bundanoon Community Garden by purchasing equipment for their newly built polytunnel shadehouse. This will allow the propagation of plants from seed and growing of exotic fruit and vegetables not normally associated with the Southern Highlands of NSW.

The equipment the Bundanoon Community Association purchased includes propagation benches, planter pots, under bench irrigation, and shadecloth.

Member, Sandra Menteith, said with the building of the metal work benches, propagation began in earnest in early September so that seedlings would be ready for the Garden Ramble weekend on the last weekend of October. Within the controlled environment seedlings developed swiftly, protected from frosts and other extreme weather events. They were hardened off to local conditions in a small outer shadehouse. A good collection of healthy, organically raised vegetable seedlings, including heritage varieties, was offered for sale to visitors over that weekend, and at the first of our Bundanoon Community Garden Sunday morning street stalls. Further seedlings raised were planted out in the community garden by Primary School children and by our garden members on general open days.

Recently the completion of the watering system funded by this donation along one length of the polytunnel ensures good growing conditions throughout the summer. We will now also be able to experiment in growing more unusual varieties and work at extending the growing season for our food plants. Demonstrations of propagating from seed in the polytunnel have been received enthusiastically.

We very much appreciate the donation from Veolia Mulwaree Trust for 2013, she said. With our now equipped polytunnel, the Community Garden we can ensure a steady supply of seedlings for garden members and the local community. This will be a valuable source of economic sustainability for the garden, which aims to be largely financially self-reliant in the longer term.