Herb Garden Development
In 2021, in the context of lockdowns and COVID, the decision was made to renovate the herb garden. It seemed a perfect time to grow fresh herbs for the Fern Ave. community. We have planted a variety of European and Asian herbs including Lemon Verbena, French Sorrel, French Tarragon, Rosemary, Lemon Balm, Mint, Parsley, Sage, Thyme, Lemon Grass, Vietnamese Mint, Turmeric, Holy Basil and Kaffir Lime.
Neville was responsible for its automatic watering system. Mick was responsible for digging the soil over, laying the bricks and designing the best aspect for planting our European and Asian herbs. Janet helped with the bricks, grew many of the herbs and planted out the plants according to Mick’s design. Of course, like any other project, there were lots of challenges to overcome, especially with the watering system. The herb garden is nearly a year old now, so we will revisit our plantings before Spring this year. We appreciate gardeners helping out with weeding and suggesting new herbs to plant.
City of Unley Grant
The Fern Avenue Community Garden gratefully acknowledges the receipt of a grant from the City of Unley allowing the garden to install two raised garden beds. These raised beds enable older garden members to maintain their involvement in gardening activities,
2022 OPEN DAY FOR THE FERN AVENUE GARDEN
Our annual Open Day was held on Sunday 30 October. Despite the day being inclement, garden members welcomed many visitors to the Open Day.
Many thanks to all those who contributed to this successful event.
GOLDEN SPADE AWARD 2021
Each year, the committee overseeing the work of the Fern Avenue Community Garden awards the Golden Spade Award to a member of the garden who is not a Committee member. The recipient is the person who has significantly contributed to furthering the goals of the garden.
The 2021 Golden Spade recipient is Mick Healy, for the time he has contributed to many projects including the rejuvenated succulent frame, espaliering of fruit trees, assistance with the herb garden construction and other help as needed.
The 2020 recipient was Janet Farrall.