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Newsletter #20 | August 2023

The Market Garden has been started!


Rory and Wayne have started the cultivation of the Market Garden area, establishing five 10m long beds that will be planted in September/October. Produce from the garden will be sold at market to raise funds to support its operation. If you would like to join the Market Garden sub committee please contact Rory via the Garden email or the Garden WhatsApp chat. Many thanks to Claudia Peoples at Village Greens, a small-scale market garden in Aldinga, for her advice on how to make a start with this enterprise.


Membership and Raised Bed Rental

To sign up for membership of the Seaford Wetlands Community Garden simply go to our website (link below) and follow the instructions for joining online.

The membership fee remains at $20 for 1st July 2023 - 30th June 2024 and it covers all of your household members. Register yourself as the Primary member for your household and nominate other members of your household as well if they are likely to attend the Garden at some stage in the future (they will then be covered for insurance purposes). The raised bed rental has been kept at $80/year.

Renewals have been set up for online payment this year to simplify the process but if you prefer an alternative method of payment please let the Treasurer know through the Garden email. Once you have registered and paid the fee you will receive a Welcome email and a receipt. Then you will be contacted to arrange an orientation to the Garden so you know how it operates.

Your fees will be used to maintain and develop individual raised beds and communal plots, add to our planting in and around the garden and help the area grow and develop into a peaceful community space for all.

If you have decided to have a break from the Garden this time - thank you for your help to get this project underway and we hope you can rejoin at some stage in the future. Thank you for clearing your raised bed of all of your plants and topping it up with fresh compost ready for the next gardener.


Welcome to our new members!

A very warm welcome to all of our new members for our new gardening year. At present we have 43 members and 24 raised bed holders. If you are reading this and are interested in having a raised bed to grow your own produce it is highly likely some still will be available.

Make sure you hop onto our website and join the waiting list - first come, first served!

Our tidy shed - thanks Mel!

One of the joys of gardening is learning to start your own plants from cuttings. It's inexpensive and and the new plant wil be true to type. Below - two red seedless varieties, Ruby and Flame successfully struck by Tyler that he has donated for sale or planting. He is on the Garden WhatsApp chat if you would like more info on how to do this.

Tyler's grape cuttings

The Share stall has been well used this winter with a great supply of lemons, mandarins, oranges, silver beet and kale. If you are clearing your bed for spring planting please place any excess here so it is not wasted.


Kindling still available for sale

We have a supply of kindling (collected from broken pallets) for sale. The timber is heat treated (no chemicals), nail free, dry, and chopped into thin sticks to get your slow combustion heater started easily. 6kg bags are available at $10 (cheaper than all our major competitors) and all proceeds will go to the community garden. Contact Wayne on the Garden email.

Kaarin's odd bunch carrots - thanks Elliot

Friday Social and Gardening Group All members are very welcome to come along to the social/gardening group that meets in the Garden enclosure on alternate Fridays from 9am-11am - the next meeting is on Friday 1st September. Have a chat over morning tea/coffee, do a bit of gardening, maybe work on a particular project in the Garden. Contact the organiser Mel Styles through the Garden email address below.


Fundraising BBQ - A huge thank you Many thanks to our members who have worked at our Seaford Bunnings BBQ over the past 18 months. They have raised almost $5500 that has been very useful for important additions to the Garden. Our next BBQ has been booked for Saturday 30th December. Thank you to the team of regular volunteers for signing up - Ellen, Jan, Jennie, Rory, Narrah, Janine, Wayne and welcome to Linda and Anne for their first one! Hoping for a warm, sunny day after enduring a few cold, wet ones this year.


Coming Up in the Garden and Wetlands in 2023

  • Friday morning Social Group - next one Friday 1st September 9am-11am

  • Orchard maintenance - you can help at any time - if you have a spare 10 mins why not weed a tree circle?

  • Paths around raised beds, sensory garden, Children's garden

  • Design and development of communal beds

  • New shed, pergola, greenhouse

  • Entrance archway

  • Peace Pole ceremony and native planting by Seaford Rotary Sunday 24th September

  • Wetlands View Pergola - paving and staining timber

  • Natives and native edibles planting

  • Seaford Bunnings BBQ - Saturday 30th December 8.30am-4pm

  • Seaford Wetlands Community Garden official opening - all members and family are invited - Sunday 5th November


This project was seeded by

Our Committee

Our committee is Rory Fitzsimons (Chair), Kaarin Wilkinson, Jan Brown, Melissa Styles, Jennie Simon and Wayne Good. If you have any questions or ideas please contact us via Facebook, on our website or on the Seaford Wetlands Gardeners WhatsApp chat.

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