A visit to Oaklands Street Community Garden

On Friday a group of us from Beelarong went to Oaklands Street Community Garden at Alexandra Hills in Brisbane. Click on the links to learn more about this community garden, and lots of photographs.

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I have been a member of Beelarong Community Farm for over three years now, working both as a volunteer in the community garden and also working my own allotment there.  But it’s always interesting, and informative, to see what other community gardens are up to.

So we did a bit of car pooling and headed off, receiving a warm welcome from Tony and the volunteers at Oaklands who took us on a tour of the gardens. The first thing I noted was that they tend to use raised beds for their vegetables. These have been made by volunteers by re-using roofing corrugated metal. Nothing goes to waste over at Oaklands – same as Beelarong.

They also use lots of flowers amongst the veggie’s, apart from the visual effect it’s also beneficial in attracting the good insects. The bees were having a great time when we were there. These particular flowers are popping up all over the place and I took the opportunity to buy a couple of pots to take back to my allotment.

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They have taken one area and laid out flower beds in a geometric design, making a very peaceful place to sit. I’m afraid my camera-work is poor but I wanted to show you the two ‘totems’ they had set up at the entrance to this particular garden. They were covered with hand made tiles, all different, and giving a lovely effect.

IMG_4470Then we sat down for morning tea. A large pot of tea, plates of scones, and a good natter.

Happy Gardening.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. narf77
    Sep 22, 2014 @ 04:29:30

    I love the totems made up of handmade tiles Jean, beautiful 🙂 Those flowers spread like topsy. They are Osteospermum daisies and although they are as hardy as all get out, just don’t let them take over (because they will 😉 )

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  2. Allotment adventures with Jean
    Sep 22, 2014 @ 04:59:04

    ‘Mornin Fran. Early bird as always.
    Thank you for the name of the daisies. The fellow at Oaklands Street said they would “be this big” (using his arms) in a few weeks. Oh dear. And in my small allotment. I was seduced by their pretty faces. Not to worry, the bees will love them, and they are lovely.

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