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Time: July 23, 2017 from 10am to 12pm
Location: Cathie's Garden
City/Town: Keperra
Phone: 0407691485 Dianne
Event Type: free garden visit/flow beehive talk
Organized By: Dianne
Latest Activity: Jul 23, 2017

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Event Description

SUNDAY July 23rd 10.00am TO 12.00pm


Cathie has given us a little info about her Garden:

My garden is located in Keperra alongside the train line and wraps around my entire house. I have always been passionate about growing food. When I was a kid we had a great vegetable garden and my mother was adventurous enough to preserve a lot of food. I loved the ABC TV show 'The Good Life' and I always thought it was the way to live. My garden is not neat and tidy. I can't seem to help myself from tucking a little of this in next to that. I always admire very orderly gardens but I can't seem to do it myself. Probably it has to do with indecision and spreading the plants around the garden hoping they'll do well in one area if they don't in another but I pretend it is all strategic and planned and permaculturally correct companion planting! I have a few fruit trees with intentions of getting a whole lot more as my ultimate goal is a food forest with fruit trees and perennial vegetables and annuals tucked in here and there. I will be very happy for advice about what to plant where. I have made lots of mistakes that I am in the process of trying to correct and it is very much a work in progress. I have quite a few tropical ornamentals in one part of the garden as well as a bit of a perennial border with salvias etc.

I have been a beekeeper for approximately six months with bees that I rescued from a wild hive on a patio chair at my workplace which I put into a flow hive and am loving this new dimension of life in the garden. I will share a bit of my journey and what I have learned about bees and if the time is right we may be able to harvest a frame of honey. My house is on a battleaxe easement behind my sister's house.

Our driveway comes up from a cul-de-sac so there no parking on our property and very little on our short street, however there is street parking on the adjacent streets. The house is two storey but a bathroom is available downstairs. The yard is mostly flat.

Children welcome but must be supervised by parents at all times.

Please bring a along a plate of food or drink to share. And any plants, produce or seed that you would like to share, swap or sell.

It is always a good idea to bring along a chair as we do sometimes have more visitors than chairs available at GV gardens.

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Comment by Mary-Ann Baker on July 23, 2017 at 21:47

yes Cathie it was a great visit - really enjoyed your garden and sorry we couldnt stay longer - great to see the bees and hear your talk on them. we are still researching the best way to do some . So excited Dianne for the Capulin cherries and Susan for the bananas . All planted watered and talked to !!!! 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on July 23, 2017 at 20:38

Bugger!  My very bad!  I wanted Sarah and I to talk to everyone but I was so flustered at being late that I forgot completely she was coming.  Crap!!!

Comment by Dianne Caswell on July 23, 2017 at 20:11

Hi Cathie, Thank you so much for a lovely day, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit and your garden is fabulous so much to see. I will put the report in tomorrow night after I finish my treatment at hospital, so everyone might like to leave there photos and comments until then.

The container and cheesecake were brought by Sarah, she was in a rush to leave as she had a plane to catch.

Talk later.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on July 23, 2017 at 19:08

LOL - you folks enjoy the cheese.  I'll pick up the container some time.  Thanks for the visit!

Comment by Cathie MacLean on July 23, 2017 at 19:03
Thanks so much everyone for coming to visit today. Having a GV wasn't too scary after all! All the food was delicious and there were lots of leftovers from the swap table I'll be putting to good use. By the way, someone lovely left cheesecake In a container that I expect they'll want back and I think Andy left cheese in a container also. Think my son has his eye on that! I will make sure you get your containers back. Cheers all!
Comment by Dianne Caswell on July 22, 2017 at 22:27

Sorry you aren't feeling the best, hope you get over it soon, stay in bed and rest...

Comment by Cathie MacLean on July 22, 2017 at 21:24
I hope you feel better soon Julie. Take care.
Comment by Julie Migliorisi on July 22, 2017 at 21:12

Hi Dianne and Cathie, so sorry I am going to have to miss the GV tomorrow as I am not feeling well and think I need to rest up ready for work again on Monday. I'm sure you will all have a fabulous morning and I look forward to reading about it! 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on July 21, 2017 at 9:23


The weather should be lovely, so we can look forward to another fun outing. See you all there.

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Comment by Lissa on March 18, 2017 at 6:48

Once again I will miss Cathie's garden :( - that is the day I fly in from visiting Alice Springs.

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