Young – Young Community Garden

Final Report – March 2012

So much to report on – where to start?

Cob Pizza Oven: Our cob oven expert has already visited the garden and March 31st has been set for making the oven.  This date coincides with the local Lambing Flat Festival and will be included in the publicity.

Arbour: Almost finished. How wonderful to have had 10 square metres of pavers for the path that will go under the arbour donated by Young Brick and Paving Centre. Just one more of our generous community and business sponsors.

Getting started with your winter veggie patch workshop was held on March 24th.  Vegetable seeds were sprouted in preparation for hands on activities during the workshop and all participants took some potted veggie plants home with them to start their gardens.

Food. Listed as present at the December meeting were 1 carrot, three radishes and a cucumber; an encouraging sign that the garden had started producing food.  Since then we have enjoyed a constant supply of fresh vegetables and herbs such as tomatoes, lettuce, celery, cabbage, zucchini, capsicum, chillies, potatoes, carrots, beetroot, parsley, mint and corn. We are currently waiting for a wonderful crop of pumpkins to ripen and a few rockmelon and cucumbers.  The winter garden seeds have already appeared, some of them in three days after planting instead of seven.

The list goes on … as do we at the Young Community Garden.

Costa’s no-dig gardening odyssey

Costa loves the corner mint garden

What a great morning with Costa. More than 70 people came to be inspired by Costa’s energy and knowledge about eating fresh food, using recycled materials and making easy no-dig gardens. And so many different parts of the community involved from church and schools to local businesses, even the pub opposite!

Costa’s coming – 15 October

Garden with Costa, free BBQ, paint a gnome, build a herb garden, buy fresh vegies. All at the new Young Community Garden, located in the grounds of the Young District Uniting Church, corner of Cloete and Young Streets. From 9.30am.  See you there.

August 2011

Working Bee

We are still a very small group of active members who lead busy lives. Geoff Ray from the Farmers’ Market has recently joined us.  Joe Peady has contributed labour and expertise at the working bees.

  • Powderleys Plumbing installed the tank and watering system and donated their labour.
  • A pump has also been installed by an electrician.
  • YLAD Living Soils donated 10 tonne of rich compost.
  • Young Shire has donated several loads of soil and compost.
  • Adrian Single has donated several loads of straw mulch and bed filling material.
  • Mitre 10 has become a sponsor.  They recently upgraded their nursery and gave us the old infrastructure. Eight new raised beds have been constructed from these materials.
  • Mrs. Prest from Maimuru Dog Kennels has given us sheets of good quality corrugated iron from a dismantled shed.  Some of these have been used in constructing the raised beds.

    Planting seeds

Eight people pitched in at the working bee held on the 11th June.  A commercial raised bed was constructed and filled. New wheelbarrows were put together. Visitors helped make scarecrows and the children planted seeds in egg cartons – materials generously donated by Gum Tree Nursery. Leeanne Trantino from the Camera Club kindly came and took photos of the activity and of the whole area so that we have a record of how the land was when we started.

Making scarecrows

The working bee held on August 13th was attended by 5 enthusiasts. More raised beds were constructed and some filling was done. Since that date Adrian and church helpers have constructed 5 more beds from materials donated by Mitre 10.

Members have decided not to run a workshop until the garden is functioning.  We have contacted the gardening television personality Costa who has been to Young a couple of times. He is keen to come again At this stage the date is October 15 with him visiting school the two days prior to that.

There are plans to hold a stall at the Young Show on September 26/27.

Penny Gibson

Announcement of Successful Young projects

April 18 2011

Sustaining Our Towns is delighted to announce that two projects will share the $10,000 worth of support for Local Sustainability Projects.

The first project is the Young Energy Project which aims to educate the community about using less power through a power meter loans scheme, a dedicated sustainability noticeboard and the production of a “fridge facts sheet”.

The second project aims to develop a community garden in the grounds of the Young Uniting Church.

For more information about the Young Energy Project

Contact Craig Filmer or Sally Atkinson on 6380 1200 or email:

For more information about the Young District Community Garden

Contact Adrian Single on 6382 4268 or email:


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