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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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:

Native Foods

On our last general meeting we looked into options to make our garden more drought tolerant. Planting more native species was one of the suggestions. At this stage our garden offers Warrigal Greens and Finger Lime. We asked our members for suggestions and included native plants in the last planning survey. A quarter of our …

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Jerusalem Artichoke chips

by Betsy Baker We had a bumper crop of Jerusalem Artichokes from the garden this year, and as they need to be used I began to scour all the cookbooks we had on the subject.. There were soups, salads, and simple roasted ones – we tried them all, but there was one recipe that stood …

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Our garden in viral times

Hello fellow gardeners I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy! This is both – my heartfelt wish and a sentence that gained some gravity in recent days. These are uncertain times and as a community group and garden we need to address some serious questions. I’m sorry that this letter is …

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