As you may know, UC has two community gardens on campus: one in Okeover (off Engineering road) and one in Dovedale. Every few months Jane Aistrope, UC’s community gardens coordinator, provides an update on what’s been happening in the gardens.
As the soil temperatures drop and growth rates slow down we can start to take stock of the season as it draws to a close.
For instance, is there enough in the ground and the store house to keep us going through winter? Did we get the timing right this year? In this case, the answer is “no”, actually, but to give it some context; the student year does not match the growing year and much of the growing space is in remediation with green manure crops. We have had a great supply of zucchini, beans, greens and potatoes, though, and thanks to our forebears, the perennial fruits and veggies have been generous. Broad beans and garlic are now in the ground and growing steadily.
This year we have also trialed growing main crops at the Dovedale garden, as a satellite growing space for Okeover. We had a handful of working bees to establish the beds with potatoes, corn and pumpkins. Remaining beds are allocated to Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery School and local residents, students or staff. If you are interested in tending an ‘allotment’ bed, register your interest with the Sustainability Office!
What else? DigSoc carries on into year two with new executives and a healthily growing membership. They helped host the ‘Green Gig’, a combined green clubs event in the community garden which was enjoyed by over 100 people!
Behind the scenes sign-writing has commenced, which, alongside a midwinter clear-out, should give Okeover a fresh new season look (see these pics from our April Okeover working bee!). We will be re-homing some gardening equipment (pots/containers etc) so keep an ear out if you need some things.
Until next time!
For more information on the community gardens and how to get involved, check out http://www.sustain.canterbury.ac.nz/comm_garden/. The community gardens also have a dedicated Facebook Page, check it out here https://www.facebook.com/uccommunitygardens?fref=ts