Watsonia Library Community Garden

 

watsonia_1To discuss any aspect of the community garden, contact Felicity Gordon by phone (0468 419732) or by email.

At Watsonia Library, Ibbottson Street, Watsonia.

With increasing awareness of climate change, a group of Watsonia residents decided to focus on producing some of their own food in a sustainable way. The Watsonia Library Community Garden has been producing organic food since late 2014.

watsonia_2The garden is based on a design influenced by Permaculture. The three main principles of Permaculture are “Care of the Earth; Care of People; and, Re-distribute Surplus”. By following these ideals, they aim to improve the fertility of our soils while growing a bountiful produce to share with the local community. The garden is a site for sharing and learning as they have regular guest speakers on topics such as seed saving, worm farming, composting and the history of significant trees in Banyule.

watsonia_2The garden area complements other programs offered by the library, for example a workshop on edible weeds and a demonstration from a fire twirling group!

A group of residents meets every Thursday from 10-11am to tend the garden and to share a cup of tea. It is a social occasion allowing time to share tips on how to grow and prepare home grown produce. The foundations for an effective community garden have been completed with construction of a garden shed, worm farm, compost system, seed saving and raised garden beds. The garden is small in size but significant to those who care for it.