About

2 ½ years ago, a group of local residents from Newcastle East set out to build a community garden in an underutilized part of the Foreshore Park, next to the Carriage Shed. With a grant from Newcastle City Council, the very generous help received from Ecoflex Tyre Constructions, and the enthusiastic support of local residents, Sandhills has become a beautiful garden sanctuary, supplying residents and visitors with herbs and vegetables.  Of course, we use no pesticides or artificial fertilisers in our gardening!

The addition of a sensory garden, made possible through a grant from a local disability group, Leapfrog ability, provides visitors – including the visually impaired -with an opportunity to experience the aromas of a wide variety of scented plants and herbs.

The concept of these gardens has been designed to encourage the community to ‘pop in’ take what you need and leave the rest for other locals. It is always open and is constantly looking for new members!

The group and other locals have contributed their art, recipes and poems to create a beautiful 2010 calendar, which makes a lovely gift! All funds raised will go back into the garden and will help make Newcastle East an even more beautiful place to live and visit. You can purchase a calendar from the Greening Centre for $15.

We hold regular working bees on the first Sunday of every month from 2-4pm (or 4-6pm in Daylight Saving) – hope to see you there!

One Response to About

  1. chris brown says:

    hello!
    i have some info i would like to share with you about compost tea!

    i recently came across the idea of compost tea, and its basicly an organic soil conditioner.

    so, as you probably know, good healthy soil is chock-a-block full of good bacteria and fungi which break down soil nutrients so they can be absorbed by the plants.
    so compost tea is just a way to add more of these micro-organisms to the soil. its been described as natural steriods for your plants! and ive tried it and it works! making compost tea is insanely easy too.

    so what you need is a bucket, some compost, and an aquarium air pump with an air stone.
    fill up the bucket with water, and stick your air pump in the bucket with the air stone weighted down to its stays at the bottom, and let it bubble for an hour or two so the chlorine and other nasties can evaporate, otherwise they’ll kill the bacteria as soon as you put it in the water!
    next you add a big handfull of nice rich compost, and some simple sugars for the bacteria to eat – brown sugar or honey (not white sugar, they like simple unprocessed sugars)
    you can add some nutrients if you like, such as some seeweed or fish extract depending on what your fertilising.

    then you just let it bubble away in a shaded spot for 24 – 48 hours or untill there’s lots of bubbles and foam on the surface (your pretty much letting the water ferment…)

    then strain it and water it down 1:6 for application to garden beds, or spray undiluted on the leaves. this will also act as a “bio film” which will deter pests from munching on young leaves

    when applied to the soil, the bacteria will move down into the soil, and feed the plants! and they will grow like crazy!

    much love!
    -chris brown

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