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Just want to let you know where we’re at with things. We have just sent our application off to become a registered Trust. Phew, that was a long time coming with busy people involved.
The email I just received told me that it will take about 10 weeks!!! to get us set up as a Trust, due to back log and Christmas holidays. That’s going to put us at the end of Feb.
I’m working with Parks and Recreation Services at the DCC to get a less formal agreement signed so we can start some work and use some of the money to pay the lease. However we have a bank acc but can’t use it until they have the Trust Deed and all Trustees are set up on the account.
We can do some soil testing and hopefully pay the lease on the DCC land and get started on water installation.
Anna Hughes
16 December 2014

CCH Dec 6

Whanau proud as!


CCH Dec1

Herbs in planter


CCH Dec 2

The BGC planters out the front


CCH Dec 3

Making a tyre garden


CCH Dec 4

Plants including climbing beans & cavalo nero


CCH Dec 5

Seedlings happily settled into their planter bed


CCH Dec 7

The planter beds on display 🙂


CCH Dec 8

The tyre garden getting planted


CCH Dec 9

Whanau taking a break


CCH Dec 10

The big picture!


CCH Dec 11

The planter boxes looking full


CCH Dec 12

The long view – from the hall looking out to the street


All photos sent in by Lisa Lindsay, 15 December 2014

Danny and I added a new brood box on Thursday.   This is a good indication, that so far so good.    The bees are looking really good.  And it was a joy to hang out with them for a bit.
The Rata trees around us are in bloom, and thankfully, there have been some nice days for the bees to buzz about and it looks like the flowers on the rata are their favorite foraging flower right now.  So at least the bees aren’t having to go very far at all on the not so sunny, calm, and warm days.
There are also healthy numbers of different kinds of bumble bees in our garden as well, they seem to be foraging from a much broader spectrum of plants at the moment, with or without lots of heat and along with the cooler temperatures.
Our cool and wet spring has slowed everything down though, considerably.   The honey bees haven’t been able to get out and about as much as normal (but it wasn’t normal last Spring either),  although our bees are doing fine, and there is enough for them to forage from,  this is not a bumper year for honey production.  Not that we are looking at honey supplies for ourselves, what this is though is an indication of environmental conditions, and whether growing food, or taking care of bees, temperature and sunshine have a great deal to play in flower production and the timing of flower production,  the temperature, and light, and so all that has a significant role to play in the bee’s life.     Some of the producers we buy from at the Farmer’s Market have less than they usually do at this time of year because of weather conditions also.
I saw in a report in the Otago Times that some of the beekeepers in Central Otago have been feeding their bees sugar because there is nothing for them to forage on (eeks, its spring, this is not good).    Normally in the beekeeping world, this time of year would be called “the nectar flow”.  The nectar flow is not quite happening full on right now because of weather conditions for both the bees and the flowers.  The beekeeper interviewed in the Otago Times said the honey bees are usually gathering from clover at this time of year, but its not warm enough for the clover to release its nectar.  I can’t remember or not if I mentioned the email I received from someone in Tamworth, NSW who was enquiring about the bees here because he said that the drought was so severe there, that they had no flowers so their beekeepers were feeding their bees sugar as well jsut to keep them alive.  (sugar does not make for good health or good honey so I understood how severe the hot dry weather in this part of Australia must be, last year their wax was melting because it was too hot)
This is one demonstration of how how a degree in temperature can make a huge difference, and  why ‘unusual weather patterns’ can have a significant effect on food production,  why its important to think about ‘resilience’ and why it’s a good thing for those of us who can, support the bees and be acting upon what we can in building a sustainable world together.
Caroline Davies
15 December 2014

The project in two parts is well underway. The development of a scale model for the North Dunedin Shed Gardens is taking shape. Students have been building the base and preparing for the design of the garden elements. The community stakeholders will be meeting with them in December to present these ideas. The students will take these ideas and translate them into scale models.

The second aspect of the project is around the development of a green waste management system. We have been in contact with Volunteering Otago and will collaborate together on this. Their project is making preserves, and then with the waste, the development of a green waste system to take it and convert it into compost. This collaboration will take place in the first week of the January school holidays.

Photographs will be forwarded shortly.

Andrew Bowen

16 December 2014

We have had a steady flow of things to do. Three of us worked hard to create 3 small gardens for our first client Clinton, and he has been busy looking after them…and was spotted showing his gardens to somebody… Since then we have done two more consultations, one which will need a raised garden for sure, and another client whom we decided would be better off starting small at first, so we created a small garden for her on the spot, and will take back some seedlings and compost this Sunday to get her started, but it won’t need the whole group. If she goes well with this small garden and is still keen we’ll revisit later. We have set a date for our next work bee in Green Island 29th december, and are expecting Fran to turn up to see us there at 3. Hopefully our group are going to get their seedlings started soon, for swapping and donating to new gardens.
I was contacted recently by the Star Reporter and as no other members could make it he seems to have done a large focus on my garden…but also on our group so I have had a few offers coming in by phone of support and people wanting help. We have had a free compost bin from Mosgiel. !
I feel the biggest issue for me is sorting out raised gardens, firstly how to make them and then they need a lot of input for building them up. Also the wood is long and cannot fit on our small trailer. they require more time than our group has, and almost need a separate group to build them. it is not an area I have expertise in and I would appreciate any suggestions. However they are necessary for some people, particularly with mobility issues.
Jan Hamill
19 December

Report of Garden progress to date : Corstorphine Community Hub

As a community group we meet every Thursday to work on the development of our grounds and the project of the four raised garden beds.

Please visit our Facebook page which has many photos which capture our journey to date.

Some highlights to date:
• Clearing exciting raised beds against building
• Planting strawberries, potatoes, runner beans, lettuces, sunflowers, kale plants
• Construction of tomatoes glass shelters (built out of recycled windows from the old school building)
• Purchasing of timber for raised garden beds, tools, hoses and fittings, compost
• Construction of raised garden beds
• Lined base with newspaper, sacks, mulch and awaiting delivery of top soil
• Queens High School group visited and assisted with collecting mulch, moved wood, planting and watering seedlings
• Purchased a step by step Veg Patch book
• Prepared a herb garden bed
• Recycled wood from old school site
• Weed eating and mowing of lawns to tidy grounds up
• Total Span are kindly donating a shed for us and our group intends preparing the concrete pad soon

Please look at our Facebook page – Corstorphine Community Hub to see all our pics 🙂

Lisa Lindsay



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