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GARDEN VISIT with a Discussion 'how to turn your swimming pool into a water tank' - FREE

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GARDEN VISIT with a Discussion 'how to turn your swimming pool into a water tank' - FREE

Time: August 20, 2017 from 10am to 12pm
Location: GayleD's Garden
Street: Address sent out on Thursday
City/Town: Bridgeman Downs
Phone: 0407691485 Dianne
Event Type: free garden visit
Organized By: Dianne
Latest Activity: Aug 20, 2017

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SUNDAY AUGUST 20th10.00am TO 12.00pm

GayleD has given us a little bit of an insight into the major renovations of her gardens:

It seems like I have a very different garden since the last BLF visit. 

What was the swimming pool is now a 50,000L water tank. The lid is slightly raised above the ground and you can walk on it.  That means the pool fences have gone (not very far, they are now vertical gardens against the fence) and the paving around the pool was lifted giving about 40sqm of garden space.


The housing development over the back fence is still in progress.  The old retaining wall has gone and the new fence is mainly ground level and about 60cm further back so we gained some extra garden.  This has also changed the sun, wind, and drainage of much of the garden so I’ve had to rethink some areas.


Both sides of the verge are now planted out - street tree and natives on one side, mainly flowers on the other.  Dichondra and native violet provide a living mulch.


Inside the yard, I have native areas and two above ground ponds to provide habitat and attract pollinators to the garden. There are several edible beds, plus some edibles in pots. Lemon trees, lime tree, 2 avocados trees in mounds, blueberry in pot, fig in pot.


Knowing I have all that water has made a lot of difference - more than I thought it would.


The site is fairly flat with 3 shallow steps onto the tank lid.  Access is by a short but steepish driveway although I hope to have some steps installed before August. I’ve finally worked out how to make it more pedestrian friendly.


Children are welcome but please be aware there are no fences to stop them going out onto the road.  Fair amount of parking on the street. We have plenty of mugs, seating for 20.

Please bring a small 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.

RSVP required so that the address can be sent to you closer to the date. The email address you nominated when you joined will be used. Please update this if it has changed.

Late attendees welcome. Message Dianne or phone 0407691485 on the day for the address.


It's easy. Check HERE read the blurb and message Dianne

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Comment by Mary-Ann Baker on August 19, 2017 at 13:02

Gayle if the gate is still available tomorrow and it fit in the back of the Xtrail we will take it - have a project for it but its not urgent if someone else can use it they can take it ! yes the wind is bad here too - lost a lot of pot plants - broken pots and mess everywhere ! can we please do a rain dance tomorrow too ! the place is dying out something shocking ! 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on August 19, 2017 at 12:43

So sorry to hear of your wind damage. I am preserving today so haven't been outside yet. Graham said it was bitterly cold outside and the wind here is horrible, no doubt we will have a few branches down. Hope it dies down soon.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on August 19, 2017 at 11:28

Pleased to say that the wind will not be nearly as strong for your GV Gayle. According to BOM it's a bitofa breeze with no rain.

Comment by GayleD on August 19, 2017 at 11:10

Ooops.  Very windy here today and a gust just blew over the side gate and half the fence.

It's not going back.  So now there's a gate available if anyone wants it. Steel frame and hinges in good condition. Wood on gate also good (could be a gate or a table top).  Fence post no good.  

Did I say I have a very windy garden?

Comment by Dianne Caswell on August 18, 2017 at 6:38

Hi David, I have sent the address to you via Personal Message, so please check your in box. It will be lovely to see you all at Gayle's on Sunday.

PLEASE NOTE: Gayle's address should have read Crescent, not Street. Looking forward to another good roll up.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on August 18, 2017 at 6:27

Hi Wendy, I have sent the address to you via Personal Message, so please check your in box. It will be lovely to see you all at Gayle's on Sunday... 

Comment by Wendy Clark on August 17, 2017 at 19:35
Hi Dianne. Could you please email the address as I have only just rsvped now. Cheers. It will be my husband, myself and my 9yr old. Thx.
Comment by Sophie on August 17, 2017 at 17:16

sorry cant make it, but have fun :)

Comment by Dianne Caswell on August 16, 2017 at 20:25

Good Evening Everyone, At 8.25pm Thurs 16th I sent the address for Gayle's GV. If you have not received it , please let me know. Hope to see a good roll up. If you need to contact me you can do so on 0407691485.

Comment by GayleD on August 16, 2017 at 11:01

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