It’s busy down at the farm

I keep my allotment at Beelarong Community Farm and there is a lot happening down there at the moment.

We have received a grant to improve our building and paths to make them more accessible, and to build some raised garden beds designed for use by people in wheelchairs.

A replacement raised garden bed and a second one built with wheel chair access, as well as plenty of room for those who can use the raised garden.

A concreted foot path leading to the new raised garden beds and to our new tool shed extension. This is much needed and will help to shade the ever-growing enthusiastic Wednesday morning tea eaters and other activities. Little ones have not been forgotten with a kiddies enclosure planned.  (They can still use their little trowels out on the land too, as always).

So when I turned up for our usual Wednesday morning gathering of volunteers and allotment holders there was plenty of work to do in preparation as we are expecting a professional plumber to do some work in the next few days.

I will show you the morning in pictures.

John clearing some ground

Brian barrowing used bricks

Brian and young Tim moving bricks to use as rubble in the new development

Building up the brick pile

Craig, John and Brian

Di and Maria clearing herbs from the raised bed. The plumber will need access.

Helen washing up after morning tea. They had already removed the sink!

Marion working in the community garden (wearing her brand new coolie hat)

John’s back was turned so we jumped on the tractor

Happy gardening.

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14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Patangan Stickman
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 09:59:37

    Its great to see tractors close up. To see you on one is a true bonus.

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Nov 09, 2012 @ 13:09:02

      We aim to please. Now you have seen a close up of the tractor, including one with yours truly on it – watch this space. I plan to get a photo of Peter on the Big Mulcher. He will be wearing his protective gear as well. Goggles, the Big Leather Gloves. It’s not all prissy little seedlings at the farm you know.

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  2. notjustgreenfingers
    Nov 10, 2012 @ 03:28:40

    I think the community spirit on your allotment site is great. You are all very lucky. It looked like a good day.

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  3. narf77
    Nov 10, 2012 @ 04:29:48

    It looks like full steam ahead on the farm Jean :). I love the fact that even the littlest farmie got to take part and that there is room for future garden memories to slow the process a little :). I LOVE that coolie hat and I also love that tractor! Maybe I should just harness the dogs to something heavy and let them loose…I dare say the devestation that resulted would at least render SOME of the jungle area on Serendipity Farm “cleared” ;). The only problem is that they would probably take down the fence between our place and Frank’s next door and Frank has a designer mansion type house with pristine lawn area…imagine the carnage! 😉

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Nov 10, 2012 @ 05:50:41

      Hi Fran. It is full steam ahead as the volunteers clear the ground ready for the major work. The coolie hat that Marion is wearing is the genuine article. It’s doubled layered, and will really help in the heat of our summer. We have a few babies and toddlers coming to the farm now, it’s lovely. But Tim is our original baby and we’ve known him since before he was born. He has a lot of ‘grannies’ at the farm.

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      • narf77
        Nov 10, 2012 @ 06:03:02

        A lot of grannies and a lot of formative garden community memories Jean :). These days may just be some mighty special memories in Tim’s future 🙂

  4. Maria
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 11:35:08

    Jean, is this the farm that featured on Gardening Australia, a little while back?

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  5. MrsYub
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 18:56:30

    Lovely photo’s. I can imagine I am there with you 🙂 Lovely to see so many smiling faces! This is sadly missing from our shopping centre (or at least it was this shopping day gone!) though this did not matter in the end, as my daughter and I kept up a lively chatter between ourselves, and I’m sure everyone must have been jealous of our soon-to-be-Christmas cheer, lol!
    Love the hat! I was just thinking I must get myselk one of them, and then I reconsidered, because I would have to share it four ways. Then I thought I could always buy foyr of them. And THEN I thought, if I do that then they probably wouldn’t wear them!! Now its all too hard. LOL!!!!

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  6. Maureen
    Nov 30, 2012 @ 07:14:08

    Hi Jean Wow your allotments look so well kept. Unfortunately here in the UK too many people get away with not tending their plots or even not planting to the max which is so unfair to people on our very long waiting lists.

    By the way I want to thank you for including me in your awards, but I hope you won’t be offended if I don’t take up the award. I just don’t have the time to do these things. I haven’t even kept up the posts on my blog lately.

    I love your newsy blog and will be back as soon as I get some time to have a good read of your older posts.

    Have a good week-end
    Maureen. X

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