Community Garden Cookbook Project

Together with our friends from New Jersey’s East Brunswick Community Garden (our sister garden) we are planning to compile a cookbook of garden-inspired recipes to publish for Christmas 2011.

Share your favourite recipe that you’ve made with produce from your garden and tell us more about your dish. What makes it a favourite? Where did you get it? Does it have a story? If you have good pictures of your dish or your plot that you would like to go with your recipe, please send them through to Ingrid, Kate or Liz at [email protected] with your recipe.  Recipes are due by 15 September 2011.

PDF or Word recipe template forms can be downloaded here and there are hard-copy forms in the shed at the garden which can be posted in the letterbox.

To get your thinking about some ideas, here’s a lovely Winter Warmer of a soup to put those beautiful cauliflowers to use!


Curried Cauliflower Soup, by Ingrid from Plot S5.


1 head cauliflower, leaves removed, washed and cut into small florets
2 large onions, peeled, roughly diced
1 large knob fresh ginger, peeled and grated
3 cloves of garlic, peeled, chopped
50 g butter
1 tablespoon good quality, mild curry paste or powder (Keen’s Traditional Curry Powder is good)
1.5 – 2 litres chicken or vegetable stock


Sour cream or plain yoghurt to taste
cracked pepper
chopped fresh coriander and spring onions


1. Melt the butter in a large pot. Add the onion, garlic and ginger. Cook for 3-5 minutes until transparent (do not brown or allow to burn).
2. Add the curry paste and stir to combine and fry for about a minute.
3. Add the cauliflower florets and stir to coat with curry paste.
4. Add just enough stock to cover the cauliflower.
5. Cook on low-medium heat for 30 minutes, or until the cauliflower is tender.
6. Puree with a hand blender.
7. Serve immediately with a dollop of sour cream or plain yoghurt, and garnish with coriander, spring onions and cracked pepper.

Goes great with fresh crusty bread!

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!