New look community garden
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.
LOOKING GOOD: The rejuvenated section of the Whistle Stop Heritage and Community Gardens.