After almost 6 years of operation the Shared Garden has made way for our new development. This is an exciting time, but also a little sad for the small group of gardeners who have nurtured it for that time. It has been very successful. Happier times were when playgroup children visited to pick strawberries, tomatoes and other produce; morning teas enjoyed by gardeners and others, working bees to set up the planter boxes with shared refreshments; plant stalls for the Fete while welcoming visitors to the garden and, of course, the pleasure the fresh produce brought to all, particularly the clients of LinC pantry.
After a big cleanout of the storeroom and shed a selection of tools have been put into storage for future use, while others were given away. Some members of the congregation took the opportunity to salvage strawberry plants as well as vegetables and soil from the planter boxes, so they will live on in other gardens. A load of plastic pots was taken to Bulleen Art & Garden for recycling, and the water tank and pump, which had previously been donated by Michael Tydell, was given to Kevin Heinze GROW and will be put to good use there.
A big ‘Thank You’ to all who helped with the clean out; we now look forward to seeing what the future garden will look like.