Open Garden this Sunday 10 August


If you are around and fancy getting outdoors this weekend, come along to Merri Corner Community Garden’s MONTHLY OPEN GARDEN, held on the second Sunday of each month.

Sunday 10 August 10am – 12.00pm

Free Compost Workshop (all welcome) at 11am

Plot holders, neighbours to the garden, Brunswick East locals and friends are all welcome.

It’s a chance to get your hands dirty, catch up with your fellow gardeners and help our garden grow. There’ll be plenty of odd jobs to do like tidying up garden beds and weeding or come along and work on your own plot.

We will also be sowing tomato seeds in the mini hot houses for spring planting and also sowing some winter greens and peas seeds in the communal beds. These communal veggies and tomato seedlings are for sharing amongst all gardeners, so come down to lend a hand, share your knowledge and ask any questions about propagation.

Merri Corner Community Garden, corner Donald & Harrison Streets, Brunswick East.

Autumn Busy Bee and April Open Garden

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Join us this Sunday 23 March for an Autumn Busy Bee from 10am – 1pm.            

We’ll have a compost workshop at 11am for anyone who is interested. And there might even be some sunflower seeds from these beautiful sunflowers to harvest (thanks to Pauline Ahola for the great shots). 

All are welcome, so bring your friends,  family, neighbours or anyone who is interested in gardening or putting their name down for a plot.  There’ll be jobs big and small for everyone, including:

•Weeding and mulching of paths/verges/entrance

•Kids Discovery Garden mini-bee – weeding, harvesting the last of the summer crops, composting and deciding what to plant for autumn/winter.

•Odd jobs including checking on any maintenance needed, and painting more signs for the compost bays

If you can’t make it this weekend, we run a monthly Open Garden session on the second Sunday of each month.  We’ll be doing some general gardening, odd jobs and there will be a mini compost workshop each month. Come down to the next one on Sunday April 13 from 10am – 12pm to say hi, check out how the garden is growing and get your hands dirty! 

Happy Gardening,

Merri Corner Community Garden 

MCCG Committee Meeting Dates for the rest of 2012

The MCCG Committee meets on the first Monday of the month at 7pm. The meetings are generally held at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel (cnr Sydney Rd & Albion St), at a committee member’s house, or down at the garden in summer when the weather is fine.

All MCCG Members and Plot holders are welcome! If you’d like to come along to the next meeting, please get in touch with us on [email protected] and we’ll let you know which venue the meeting is at.

The meeting dates for the rest of 2012 are:

4 June

2 July

6 August

3 September

8 October

12 November

3 December

Veg-in, Veg-out!

Interested in gardening? Have excess seedlings? Want to share ideas and gardening tips?

Come along at 11am til 12 noon this Sunday 15 April and after that on the second Sunday of each month at the same time:

Sunday 13 May 

Sunday 10 June 

Sunday 8 July 

Sunday 12 August 

Sunday 9 Sept 

Sunday 14 October  

Sunday 11 November 

Sunday 9 December

We meet at the Merri Corner Community Garden, corner Harrison and Donald Streets, Brunswick East (near the Merri Creek, opposite the Brunswick velodrome).

We’ll provide tools, seed trays and seed raising mix. All gardeners welcome. Bring your seedlings, cuttings, or just your curiosity.

We hope to see you there!

Autumn Busy Bee – Sunday 4 March

Hello MCCG plotholders and friends,

Autumn is on the way (although you wouldn’t believe it with this heatwave!) and we have a seasonal busy bee coming up next Sunday 4 March.

This year we’re limiting the Busy Bees to only four a year, with some impromptu get-togethers thrown in – like the recent twilight gardening sessions during the week over summer. So if you haven’t been to a Busy Bee for a while, this will be a perfect opportunity to get your hands dirty and help knock off a few jobs around the garden while chatting to your fellow gardeners and neighbours about what you might do for your winter plantings.

As always, there will be something for everyone, and you’re welcome to pop in for a bit or stay on longer.

Tasks include:

*      Compost mixing
*      Mowing the verge
*      Whipper snipper boundary edges
*      Shed clear out
*      Levelling of tank area

Time is 9.30am until midday, bring a nibbly to share for morning tea if you’re so inclined.

See you down at the garden, corner Donald and Harrison Streets, Brunswick East.

Happy gardening,


Twilight Gardening Session – Thursday 12 January

Happy New Year MCCG-ers,

A few of us will be at the garden this Thursday 12 January 5-6pm to do a bit of weeding and tidying up on the northern verge. We’d love you to join us.

A reminder we all need to keep on top of weeds on the paths and around the fruit trees. If you could spend 10 minutes weeding and spreading mulch it’d make a big difference. Huge new piles of mulch are on the northern verge. Thanks to the elves who’ve been watering and tending to the communal beds and sensory garden. They’re looking great.

Finally, there’s a load of garden soil on the northern verge for plot holders who need to top up their plots. Its between the olive trees, under black plastic. Get in quick. It’s nearly all gone.




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!