New look com­mu­nity gar­den

Stanthorpe Border Post - - LIFE -

THE Whis­tle Stop Her­itage and Com­mu­nity Gar­den has un­der­gone a ma­jor change in re­cent months, with the re­ju­ve­na­tion of one of the most prom­i­nent sec­tions of the gar­dens.

What started as a mi­nor project to clear an over­grown pump­kin patch of weeds has ex­panded into a land­scap­ing project which has in­cluded re­mov­ing and re­plac­ing all the weed-in­fested soil, con­struct­ing of a new path, clear­ing out and paving an ad­join­ing drain and ex­pand­ing the herb gar­den to en­com­pass berries grow­ing nearby.

Be­fore the changes, vol­un­teers had to walk around the cen­tral gar­den when work­ing in this part of the com­mu­nity gar­den.

The new path not only makes the gar­den more ac­ces­si­ble for vol­un­teers and visi­tors, but makes it eas­ier to main­tain, while the ex­pan­sion of the gar­den and re­moval of a nearby gar­den bed make the area eas­ier to mow, as there are no gaps to nav­i­gate around.

Visit to Toowoomba

WHIS­TLE Stop Her­itage and Com­mu­nity Gar­den re­cently took a bus trip to the Toowoomba Or­ganic Gar­den and Spring Bluff.

The Toowoomba Or­ganic Gar­den is a not-for-profit com­mu­nity gar­den pro­mot­ing nat­u­ral gar­den­ing and farm­ing prac­tices.

Or­ganic Gar­den vol­un­teers showed the Stan­thorpe visi­tors around the gar­dens, which in­clude a per­ma­cul­ture gar­den with fruit trees, berries and veg­eta­bles, a na­tive gar­den, and in­di­vid­ual al­lot­ments where mem­bers of the pub­lic can grow what­ever they like.

The Stan­thorpe visi­tors were in­trigued to see that sev­eral plants not usu­ally seen in cold cli­mates – in­clud­ing ba­nanas – were flour­ish­ing in the Or­ganic Gar­den.

The lo­cal group went home with plenty of cut­tings to ex­pand their own gar­dens as well as ideas for some new projects. Thanks to the Toowoomba Or­ganic Group for their hos­pi­tal­ity.

Dan the Tree Man

THE Whis­tle Stop Com­mu­nity Gar­den would like to thank Dan the Tree Man who re­cently came to the rescue of a favourite apri­cot tree which was in need of at­ten­tion.

The tree has been a fea­ture of the gar­den for many years and pro­vides shade for vol­un­teers dur­ing morn­ing tea.

How­ever, re­cently the tree has been in need of prun­ing and the vol­un­teers were re­luc­tant to take on the job them­selves in case they dam­aged the tree.

They called on the ser­vices to Dan the Tree Man, who car­ried out the work free of charge as a com­mu­nity ser­vice.

The tree is now flour­ish­ing and the com­mu­nity gar­den work­ers are look­ing for­ward to har­vest­ing some fruit this year.

The Whis­tle Stop Her­itage and Com­mu­nity Gar­den thanks Dan the Tree Man for his as­sis­tance.

Visit the gar­den

The Whis­tle Stop Her­itage and Com­mu­nity Gar­den wel­comes visi­tors and new vol­un­teers.

The com­mu­nity gar­den is open ev­ery Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic are wel­come to visit, view the gar­dens and ask ques­tions.

The gar­dens cur­rently have a good se­lec­tion of plants for sale, as well as worm juice.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

LOOK­ING GOOD: The re­ju­ve­nated sec­tion of the Whis­tle Stop Her­itage and Com­mu­nity Gar­dens.

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