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Jane’s garden news – April 2015

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As you may know, UC has two community gardens on campus: Okeover (off Engineering road) and Dovedale. Every few months Jane Aistrope, UC’s community gardens coordinator, provides an update on what’s been happening in the gardens.

The Okeover Community Garden has been buzzing, loudly! Over the last 3 weeks record numbers have been attending our regular Friday afternoon gardening sessions. Gardeners have been getting acquainted with weeding, bug hunting, harvesting, path maintenance and the delicious produce so abundant at this time of the year.  We’ve enjoyed a pizza session, apples straight from the tree and hot corn on the cob. YUM! As the days begin to shorten the Quince will be ready for preserving as jam and jelly.  Seeds of tomatoes, beans and flowers are being saved.

IMG_1706If you are keen on doing a bit of gardening (or would like to learn), come and join in for a couple of hours during a Friday working bee. They run every Friday from 1 – 5 pm at the Okeover Community Garden (off Engineering road). No experience needed and you get to take some free veges home if you do a minimum of 1 hour’s work!IMG_1714

We are now also trying out a second working bee on Tuesday afternoons 2-4, so if Fridays have always been difficult for you then this may be your chance to try it out and/or become a regular gardener.  On Tuesdays we will focus more on the orchard area than the annual beds.  Don’t forget to like our Facebook page UC Community Gardens as we regularly post updates and things of interest for your enjoyment.

For other information about the community gardens, check here. The community gardens have a dedicated Facebook Page.

Until next time!

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Author: Puck Algera - UC Sustainability Office

Puck worked at the Sustainability Office at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. As the Sustainability Projects Coordinator, she kept busy with student and staff engagement, providing strategic input and advice and organising sustainability-focused events.

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