Welcome to our garden!
Growing community since 2011

How our garden works

Mort Bay Community Garden is run by volunteers. Most of our garden beds are communally run, Members work together and share all produce. A few beds are used by local childcare centres.

Get involved

Members can get their hands dirty at our regular working bees and help out with both the day-to-day care of the garden and in the planning and organisation of our activities.

Join us

We welcome new members! Annual membership is $30 ($20 for concessions). Pay by cash or direct deposit.

Garden blog

Got caterpillars munching on your veggies? Looking for advice on composting? Want to know what we’ve been up to recently at MBCG? Find out all this and more on our blog.

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Kale Strudel with Tahini and Goats Yogurt

Here is a great recipe using all the different kales we have in the garden. You can make it the easy way and buy some puff pastry. Or you can give it a go and make your own pastry. Klaus and I used Portuguese massa folhada, the crispy buttery pastry normally used for custard tarts …

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Cabbage recipe: okonomiyaki

Japanese savoury pancake INGREDIENTS (makes 2 ) 100 ml water1 tsp dashi stock powder60 g plain flour2 eggspinch salt1/2 tsp sugar240 g finely chopped cabbage (1/4)3 or 4 chopped spring onions1 tbspn shopped pickled ginger20 g panko crumbs (if you have any)grape seed oil garnishesbonito flakes (katsuo bushi)pickled ginger, slicedtoasted sesame seedsextra sliced spring onionsmayonnaise (with a squirty nozzle) okonomiyaki sauce1 tbsp tomato …

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MBCG New Shed – Official Opening August 2021

The new shed is finished and the water tank is in. We are happy to hand it over to our members. A huge thank you goes to the crew that built it for the garden. In this shed you will find all the supplies and tools from now on. Disappointingly COVID19 prevents us from opening …

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Pruning

Pruning keeps the growth of our plants controlled and healthy. It allows for a balanced plant, removes diseased and dead plant material, encourages new growth, allows for air flow and helps to avoid mildew. Use clean, sharp secateurs and use tool disinfectant between different plants Cut branches vertically, so rainwater runs off the cut Cut …

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Harvesting

At the May Garden talk, we discussed the best ways to pick our various types of veggies, and how it effects the health and productivity of the plant. Keep our harvest policy in mind: Only harvest as much as you need for one personal meal! Consistent harvesting of herbs and veggies keeps plants producing, bad …

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Pumpkin & Red Lentil soup

To celebrate our return to working bees with the easing of COVID restrictions, everyone’s favourite garden stalwart, Kevin, cooked up some delicious treats. Including the recipe below for Rhubarb chutney, which went down very well with a little cheese. Ingredients 1 onion, roughly chopped4 cloves garlic, crushed2 Tbsp red curry paste2 Tbsp olive oil1 cup …

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Guide to replenishing a bed

About twice per year, before planting the Spring/Summer and the Autumn/Winter crops, a bed needs to be replenished with organic matter. 1. Harvest and clear the bed, remove the irrigation 2. Check and adjust pH (the acidity of the soil)Use the pH kit in the shed to assess the soil acidity, test 2 areas (separately) …

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Pandemic Pestos!

Dean’s vegan pesto Cheesy, flavourful and little different! Ingredients 40 g packed fresh basil (large stems removed) 10 g pine nuts or walnuts (if nut-free, try sunflower seeds) 3 g cloves garlic  12 ml lemon juice 4.5 g nutritional yeast (available from The Source in Balmain or Woolworths) 0.1 tsp sea salt (plus more to taste) 11-16 ml extra virgin olive oil* 17- 26 ml water (plus more as needed) Instructions To a food processor or small blender, …

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Planting Plan: Spring/Summer 2020

Here are our plans for the Spring/Summer plantings 2020: