Not sure if it was the strawberries, blueberries or promise of real coffee but yesterday's working bee drew a neighbourhood crowd of spectacular proportions, resulting in the addition of berries, kale, cabbages and herbs to the neighbourhood verge larder. Commencing at 7:30 am to beat the Autumn heat, the crowd gathered slowly whilst the kids started planting. The kids garden saw the addition of over 50 strawberry runners and the neighbourhood welcomed 50 blueberry plants across 4 locations. Thanks to the adults and kids who donned their gardening gloves at the sprightly hour of 7:30 in the morning. Plants were planted, watered, mulched and fertilised in a matter of minutes due to the wonderment of enthusiasm from the 40 odd adults and 20 plus children that joined in to help. Kudos to Natalie who was shooting pics for the green magazine. Not the easiest of tasks when planting is reduced to the horticultural equivalent of 'speed dating' due to the vast number of those who were there to help. It really was a bee and tea extravaganza of berry proportions that saw the addition of nutritionally dense foods to our neighbourhood larder.
Big thanks to those who made the inner workings of the morning tea happen. Stuart from Taste This Cafe for supplying take-away cups for our real coffee + cake extravaganza, Chris and Larissa from Hungry Feel Eating House for supplying beautiful banana bread crafted from verge grown bananas, topped with verge lemon curd, Larissa and Amy for their expertise in pouring real coffee from the verge coffee bar espresso machine, Amy and Matt for supplying their front porch, power and other essentials and all of the other lovely folk who 'baked' something to eat, brewed jam, harvested honey or picked fruit. Here are a few snaps from the morning.