Yandina Community Garden Members are invited by Permaculture Noosa to attend a stunning Open Garden at the Traveston property of Mel Hobbins
OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC ….. SO BRING YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS ALONG!
Come to see for yourself how Mel has achieved a SUPER PRODUCTIVE food garden.
When: Sunday 23rd June 2019
Entry: $5 YCG Members and general public, ($2 Permaculture Noosa Members)
Where: 1869 Noosa Road, Traveston (near Cooran)
Directions: Travelling from Cooran on the Traveston Road, turn right at the Traveston Village sign into Howe Road, (which passes under the railway line). At the junction with Noosa Road, turn Left…. It is the second property, third driveway on the right.
Please carpool as there is NO on road parking (all parking on site)
Bring: A plate to share if you can, or just join us
Host: Mel Hobbins
Any questions call Dee Humphreys (Open Garden Coordinator) 0497754486
This Open Garden will feature many of the Cool Season Veggies and “successional sowing” covered in Mel’s presentation at the Permaculture Noosa Club Night in February.
Mel and Estelle moved to this 30 acre property 13 years ago, (when Mel had just arrived from the UK).
The Orchard and Veggie areas occupy approximately 4 acres and the hardwood plantation and rainforest plantings a further 6 acres. More than 3 000 trees have been planted so far. The remainder/bulk of the property is given over to grazing for Estelle’s horses.
A wide range of cool season and tropical veggies are grown in both traditional beds and food forest type plantings.
The wide variety of fruit and nut trees now number well over 120 and include citrus that were budded at Mel’s grafting workshop in 2016. There will be many of the 30 plus citrus varieties available for tasting.
The huge amount of mulch required is produced on site comprising hay collected from paddocks or from the extensive plantings of East Indian Lemongrass, grown specifically for this purpose.
Composting and general soil improvement are an ongoing activity on the property.
The land was originally part of a 200 acre Grazing and Fruit Farm which was sub-divided some 30 years ago and overlooks Woondum National Park and is in the upper catchment of Dingo Creek, which is part of the Six Mile/Mary River system.
With the seasonal creeks currently flowing, a walk, after the main tour, through Mel’s developing Rainforest would be a magical experience.
After the tour, join us for tea, coffee and shared delights. Take this opportunity to enjoy the surrounds, ask more questions and socialise with newfound friends.
DON’T MISS THIS WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN FROM MEL!
Common Name: St Robert, Storkbill, Cranesbill, Red Robin, Fox geranium, St Robert’s Wort, Bloodwort, Felonwort, Dragon’s Blood, Herb Robert
Plant: All year round
Harvest: All year round
Propagation: Propagation by seed
It is believed the herb was probably named after the 11th Century French Saint, Robert Abbot of Molerne, whose medical skills were legendary. Dies off in Summer to return in Winter (Sub-tropics). Annual 30-40cm, red stems and branches in many directions with green leaves 6cm length, both covered with tiny hairs. Dainty, bright-pink flowers with 5 rounded petals, each with a streak of white. Seeds self-disperse as mother plant dies. Plants enjoy shady, damp places especially stone paths. Has been observed to have an affinity with other plants and is not bothered by pests.
“If bothered by mosquitos when working in the garden, crush a few Herb Robert leaves and rub them on arms and legs.” (Isabell Shipard)
There are MANY health benefits attributed to Herb Robert and it makes a wonderful herbal tea.
Dear valued members join us to celebrate the final days of autumn and enjoy our beautiful gardens in Yandina. We will share a meal and talk about how we are progressing. We hope to have a guest speaker and some interesting things happening
For catering purposes please could you book for this free event indicating the number of adults attending. Click here to book
We look forward to connecting with you.
Date: 25 May 2019
Time: 1 – 3 pm
Place: 41 Farrell Street, Yandina
One lucky YCG member can win a free ticket to Tom & Zaia Kendall’s 3-day
permaculture festival CelebrATE
This festival will be held from 4-6 May at their beautiful Permaculture Farm in the Noosa Hinterland. To be considered for this prize you must be a YCG member, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your name will go into a draw to win this prize valued at $230.
The competition closes on Tuesday, 23 April 2019 and the winner will be contacted by Wednesday, 24 April 2019.
For more information on the festival click here