Community Garden

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The Matakana Community Garden
Our garden is found beside the Matakana Hall. We have developed a waste area into a place that people can come and sit and enjoy the atmosphere, or work in the garden and enjoy the produce. If you are a beginner gardener, come and learn some skills to take away to your own garden.
Working Bees
Every Monday morning, from 9am until 10am, we gather at the garden to weed, plant and harvest our produce. Everyone is welcome to join us.
Facebook page
Our community garden has a great new facebook page https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Matakana-Community-Garden/522103661165443?fref=ts  Check out the planting photos for the winter garden.
Easter Sunday Working Bee at Community Garden
Great progress was made by an enthusiastic group of Easter Sunday.  Horse compost was spread on the newly formed garden beds and topsoil was spread on top.  The perimeter of the garden was weeded and compost made.  The beds are now ready for winter planting – we just need some rain first!  We plan to plant silverbeet, carrots, broad beans, beetroot, cabbages, broccoli and more…  The “Matakana Community Garden” sign was erected.
Our New Sign!
 
Our New Sign!
After a couple of hours hard work we all enjoyed a shared lunch – which included pumpkin soup from the pumpkins grown in the garden over summer. 
Next week a work roster will be published on this website.  We are looking for regular volunteers each week for an hour or two, weeding and planting, and monthly Sunday working bees for bigger jobs will also be scheduled.  Watch this space!
Working Bee Sunday 24 March
A small group pulled up the pumpkin vines, loosened the soil with garden forks, formed up beds and spread wood chips on the pathways.
Pumpkins Harvest Sunday 17 March
About 100 pumpkins of all shapes and sizes were harvested!  A great first harvest.  Lauraine Jacobs, well known Food Columnist and writer used some of the pumpkins in a cooking demonstration with children at Matakana Primary School on Friday 22 March.  The delicous pumpkin lasagne and pumpkin pikelets were a great hit with the kids!
After some of the pumpkins had been distributed, the rest were sold by Matakana School children at the Farmers Market on Saturday 23 March, to raise money for developing the garden and purchasing fruit trees.
Matakana School children visit Community Garden, Friday 15 March
About 30 Year 4 school children visited the garden and heard a talk by Trish Allen about the benefits of community gardens, soil, composting and worm bins.  The children were amazed at the variety and number of pumpkins in the garden.

November 2012

In November 2012 the matakana community came togetther to create a community garden next to the hall in the centre of the village. About 40 enthusiastic willing workers turned out for the first working bee at the new Matakana Community Garden, next to the hall, on November 25.

Organisers say plenty was accomplished. A skip full of rubbish including old tyres, glass, plastic and steel was disposed of, and the garden bed was sheet-mulched with newspaper and cardboard.

Compost, horse and donkey manure, grass clippings and wood chips were added to the mix, and compost bins were built and a tank stand erected … read more on the Local matters website