Update from the Beenleigh Community Garden

The Beenleigh Community Garden is growing! This month we’ve welcomed three new faces to our garden – two new financial members, as well as an enthusiastic student placement. It’s been wonderful to welcome new people into the garden. Our student dug straight into work, and helped to prepare a new garden bed and prune the tomatoes. We’re looking forward to learning from our new members  – including how to companion plant, create natural pesticides, and worm farm.

Worm farming is something we’ve planned from the beginning of our gardening journey, so we’re excited to learn more about producing nutrient-rich fertiliser for our garden. (Fun fact: worms can consume and compact waste so well that they can reduce the volume of organic matter by 95 per cent!) In addition, companion planting is especially useful in small community gardens such as ours, as it helps with pest control, providing habitats for beneficial insects, and increasing crop productivity. So we’re overjoyed and excited to learn new ways to care for the garden. 

On the first October we met with the Beenleigh International Cooking Club, where we discussed how we can work together as like-minded community groups. The club is part of the Logan City Council’s Live Well Logan initiative, and is such an invaluable asset to our community.

Gardening and cooking go hand and hand, as there are so many benefits to cooking freshly grown food, especially within families. Studies show cooking food fresh from the garden has the ability to change the dietary habits of young children, as well their perception of food and healthy living. It also allows them to develop new skills and learn about science and nature from growing their own food. We’re looking forward to exchanging fresh herbs and vegetables for exciting recipes! Yum! 

As the garden grows, so does our commitment to maintaining it. Soon we’ll be looking at what we can grow from seeds, and the possibility of vertical gardening. Vertical gardening is a great tool for small spaces, as it allows excellent sun exposure, helps prevent diseases and pests, and can provide larger harvests. It’s perfect for our needs in our little plot of green space. 

We’re always looking for new members! If you’d like to join us on our gardening journey, membership is just $5 per year. That’s $5 for a priceless opportunity of meeting like- minded people with a wealth of gardening knowledge and experience to share. So join us today!

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