November Busy Bee & Christmas Catch-up BBQ

Hello Merri Gardeners and Friends,

As the weather is heating up, the Busy Bee activity is cooling down – we will have our last Busy Bee for the year next Sunday 27 November at the Merri Corner Community Garden, corner of Donald and Harrison Street, Brunswick East.

Between 10am – 12.30pm we’ll be tackling the following jobs – there’s something for everyone here:

– raking out Tuscan topping/gravel in the entrance area
– levelling soil and laying newspaper and mulch next to tank
– mulching paths
– hanging hooks for storage of tools in the shed
– turning and chopping up compost
– Snail Blitz (wear your best snail smashing shoes!)

All are welcome. Come down for an hour or so,  or a bit longer if you like – we don’t expect you to stay all day!

From 12.30pm – 2pm we’ll have an end of year BBQ to catch up and spread some early Christmas cheer and we’d love to see you there.  Snags and vegetarian options will be provided, please bring a plate of sweet treats or a salad to share.

And from 2pm – 4pm there’ll be an afternoon shift to finish off any remaining Busy Bee jobs.

See you down at the garden,



The next Merri Corner Community Garden BUSY BEE is this Saturday 24 September.  We’ll have two shifts this time, from 10.00am to 1.00pm then 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

There’s no rain expected and it will be cloudy and 18 degrees so we’ll have ideal conditions for Busy-Bee-ing!

It’s the second to last one for the year so we’re making a push to get compost moving, prepare communal beds and put some plants in the ground.

Here’s the wish list:

–       finish moving soil & compost into raised beds

–       distribute compost to plot holders and start a new load

–       weed and mulch the perimeter and paths

–       prepare communal beds near woodpile

–       transplant poppies & herbs into raised beds and rhubarb from plots into communal beds

If there’s time and enough people we might also cut the grass on eastern verge, and level and mulch the area next to the tank.

If you have a spare hour or so please join us.

Next year there’ll be less construction so we’ll hold busy bees only four times a year (phew!).

See you down the garden this Saturday in your best work gear,


MCCG August plot holders meeting – Sunday 28 August

Hi there Merri Corner Plot holders and Plotholders-in-waiting,

Mark your August calendar because the next Busy Bee will be converted into a plot holders meeting.


1. Welcome and introductions – get to know your neighbours

2. Getting organised – compost, fruit trees, shed, etc

3. What’s happening in the communal beds – sensory garden, other areas?

4. Plot holder fees

5. Water tank and update on construction

6. Celebrating our success

The meeting will be followed by morning tea, please bring a plate of food to share.

Stick this one onto the fridge door now:

MCCG Plot Holders Meeting
When: 10.30am – 12pm, Sunday 28th August
Where: North Brunswick Football Club, Allard Park, Donald Street, Brunswick East

The meeting will be followed by morning tea, please bring a plate of food to share.

And later on, we’ll have a short busy bee down at the garden from 12 noon to 1.00pm.

See you there!



Next Busy Bee – Sunday 26th June

Hi there,

The next Busy Bee will be on Sunday 26th June from 9.30am – 12.30 pm down at the garden, corner Donald and Harrison Streets, Brunswick East.

There’s something for all, and all are welcome – Busy Bees are not just for plotholders.  Come down for the whole stint or just pop in for a bit.  Busy Bees are not all about hard work, there are plenty of opportunities for other fun stuff – bring some morning tea to share, catch up with your fellow gardeners for a gab about growing and meet some new friends.

A list of jobs for the day will be posted closer to the Busy Bee. Hope to see you there!



Busy Bee – this Saturday 28 May

Hello Merri Gardeners and Friends,

We’ve a busy-bee coming up this Saturday 28th May from 9.30am – 12.30pm at the Merri Corner Community Garden, 194 Donald Street (corner Harrison Street), Brunswick East.

There’s something for all, and all are welcome.  Come down for the whole stint or just pop in for a bit.  Busy Bees are not all about hard work, there are plenty of opportunities for other fun stuff – bring some morning tea to share, catch up with your fellow gardeners for a gab about growing and meet some new friends.

Jobs going are –

  1. Planting winter vegies in between fruit trees
  2. Drainage works – checking everything is looking a-ok for the wet weather ahead
  3. Finishing off garden edging around the fence line – lay boundary sleepers.

We’ll also have a discussion session about Composting, Planting Ideas for the Northern Verge and for the Raised Garden Beds at the entrance to the garden at around 10am.

Here’s a schedule for Busy Bees for the rest of the year, and we’ll have these up on the website/Facebook/noticeboards at the Garden soon, so mark your diaries, green-thumbs!

2011 Merri Corner Community Garden Busy Bees:

– Sunday 26th June
– Saturday 30th July
– Sunday 28th August
– Weekend of 24th/25th September – proposed Spring Festival
– Saturday 29th October
– Sunday 27th November
– Break for December / Christmas Fun

    Hope to see you all down at the garden on Saturday, or some other time soon!


    MCCG Committee

    Call for model gardeners – photoshoot Sat 21 May

    Hello plotholders!

    On Saturday 21 May at 12.30pm Moreland City Council will be at the garden for a photo opportunity.

    If it is suitable, the photo will potentially be included in the Inside Moreland calendar, distributed to residents in 2012.

    The council would like to take a shot of our Merri gardeners working in the garden together – if anyone can come along with a big smile and their best gumboots it would be a great boost to help promote the MCCG next year.

    In the event of postponement due to wild weather, we’ll post an update here on Friday 20 May.

    Love, the MCCG Committee

    Busy Bee – Sat April 30!











    This month, we’ve got something for everyone!

    •    Planting out of the common areas with winter vegies and herbs

    •    Cleaning up following construction of the fence and pergola

    •    Re mulching paths in common area •    Shed clean out

    •    Mini composting workshop

    Mornings seem to be working well – so we’lll kick off at 9.30am and wrap it up around 12.30pm, with briefing and the mini-workshop at 10am.

    See you then,


    Harvest Hoedown!

    Come one, come all to celebrate our first season’s harvest with a Harvest Hoedown at the Merri Corner Community Garden!

    Winter kitchen garden workshop, BBQ (vego and carnivore), live music, garden tours and Harvest Hoedown games for the young and young-at-heart.

    Sunday 27 March from 11am til 4pm @ The MCCG – 194 Donald Street, Brunswick East

    The Event

    11am – Kitchen Garden Workshop for Winter

    12.30pm – Official Hoedown Hoopla Ceremony

    1.00pm – Live music and games, garden tours

    1.30pm – BBQ Lunch

    2.30pm – 4.00 pm – More games!

    Download a PDF of the flyer here

    BUSY BEE Sat Feb 26th!

    Hi Gardening Folks,

    As promised we will be holding a busy bee down at the garden this weekend, on Saturday 26th Feb from 9am til 1pm. Come for half an hour or come for the full stint. We will be having a briefing at 9.30am to set out the plan for the morning.

    Jobs this time round include;

    • Preparing the site for the fence works
    • Weeding the sensory garden area
    • Fruit tree borders
    • Compost set up
    • General site cleanup

    Something for everyone. See you down there – weather looks mintox.

    Busy Bee – Sunday 30th Jan!

    Hi all and a happy 2011!

    Having drank and eaten too much over the silly season (some from our bountiful plots) we are ready to get down and dirty again at the MCCG and progress the good work done in 2010. On Sunday the 30th Jan, we are having our first busy bee for the year and you’re all cordially invited. In case you’ve forgotten in all the excitement – the attached plan is what we are working towards!

    The busy bee will include;

    • General clean up of the site
    • Weeding the sensory garden area
    • Construction of the sensory garden area
    • Shed clean out and reorganisation
    • Preparation of the paving area
    • Some good old fashioned hole digging
    • Path mulching

    In other news we are going to be having a Harvest Hoe-down on Sunday 6th March, where MCCG members and friends can celebrate the business end of the MCCG’s first summer vegie season in style. Pop it in your diaries folks – its gonna be a doosy! More details to come over the coming week – if you’d like to help organise please get in touch with Rich Ploeg our Hoe-down Director – roknrichploeg – at – gmail – dot – com

    That’s all from us at the mo – looking forward to seeing those of you who can make it next Sunday!