Archive for June, 2009

It was wet, but we made progress

June 28, 2009
Yummy herbs

Yummy herbs

mmm… strawberries

A hardy few braved the wet, yet warm, day today to get the strawberry patch prepared and the strawberry plants in.

Silke, Roi, Rob and myself spent about an hour, digging, manuring and planting the strawberries along the side of the shed, and in the end of the first bed. We got about 30 plants in, and are now looking forward to the summer fruits.

Silke also got the herb garden started with mint, coriander & basil. Not sure the basil & coriander will make it through winter, but the price was right (yes, they were free…) so we put them in.

Seeds & seedlings

Sylvia is starting to plant seeds at home to bring to the garden in a month or so. Can anyone else help? We have quite a few containers for the seeds and a few seeds.

What we need is for everyone to grow some, so we have a good supply in the lead up to spring.

Next weekend we should have the containers at the garden for people to take home. If need be you can even take soil home to pot into. As we are still in the grip of winter, and I suspect we have a few frosts to come, starting the seeds off inside, or on the back porch would be a big help. The more seedlings we can get, the quicker we can get into the spring season.

Perhaps you know some one who isn’t the keen on digging gardens any more, but can raise some seedlings for us. Please ask around.

Get together – Wednesday 8 July 09

Like any good group we need to have a meeting. Each time I update the blog, I am sending an update email to about 20 people. It would be great to get everyone together. So…

Wednesday 8 July 09 at 7 pm at the community garden. Roi has promised to let us into the Police Station Just to go over the plan, what we want to achieve, and how we want to go about it. Please bring a plate of finger food to have with a cup of tea. I reckon we should take about an hour.

The compost bin update…

Updates on compost, not the most riveting update ever, but, thanks to Beth for dropping of a heap off coffee grounds for us to add to the compost mix. Since we started the bin it has starting doing its thing very nicely. If you have any kitchen scraps or garden waste you would like to add, feel free.

Next week.

See you all next week between 11 & 1pm at the garden.

Don’t forget to let your friends know about us, and maybe get them along.



Our first veges are planted

June 21, 2009


 Our first veges

(L to R) Sylvia, Max & Silke plant our first veges – leeks

we now have something to see at the garden

June 21, 2009

The team

The team at the end of the first day. We now have a compost bin & something to talk about (photo by Silke)

Our garden is underway

June 21, 2009

our garden_ before

A panoramic view of our garden before we started


Hi All

We have set up this blog so you can keep up with the goings on at the Te Atatu Peninsula community Garden.

Please bear with us as we come to grips with word press.

The Te Atatu Peninsula community Garden has been set up to encourage sharing of gardening skills and produce within our community.

We are aiming to make the garden a fun place to meet, share and learn.

Where are we?

We are located behind the Te Atatu Peninsula Community Constables station at 492 Te Atatu Rd, Waitakere city.

Whats happened so far?


Last Sunday (14 Jun 09) we cleaned up part of the back yard and made a good sized compost pile. Sounds a little boring, but it had to be done.

We used the pile of lawn clippings left by the lawn mower guy, wood shavings supplied by Brooke and other garden waste by Sylvia. The “bin” was made using stacked up bamboo we chopped down from the bamboo forest we have in the corner of the section.

Today (21 Jun 09) we dug the first garden bed, and planted our first veges… Leeks. From humble beginnings…

Of course we would all like nice raised beds with lovely edging, but as we have no money, we just turned over the grass, and planted straight into the amazing soil we have here on the Peninsula.

Whats next…

We have kindly been given the use of a chunk of land at the back of the Police station, so the plan is to make another eight beds over the coming months.

During the first week of July we will be meeting in the Community Police Station. Some of the items for discussion are:

1. Let every one know what the plan is for the garden
2. Get some feed back from the community as to what they want.
3. Figure out what our priorities are.
4. See what options we have for funding (if we want to go down that path)

Notices for the meeting will be sent out next week.

Please let your friends know about the garden, any help would be appreciated.


Thanks to our Community Constable Fagaesea Siaki for the access to his back yard. Roi Stephens for talking Faga into it (and bringing her son to help on the first day), Brooke from Eco Matters for the support, and the other start up members of the team, Sylvia Shopland, Silke Sigley & Max Sigley.


Lee Sigley