Mandy's Open Garden

Hi – As you may already know, my garden is in the Open Gardens Australia scheme on 29th and 30th of this month. The flyer they have made for me is attached.

Would love you to come and have a look at the 150 species of edibles growing here, flowers, natives, edible sharing verge and of course – the chooks! We have talks, home-made lemon butter, jams etc, tea, coffee and cake, home-made elderflower cordial, home-grown (no sprays) plants and some shady or sunny spots to sit and chat or relax. There is also going to be a sculpture trail with some small sculptures for sale. Doug Purdie, The Urban Beekeeper, is coming to talk about his new book – how to keep bees in the city – even on top of tall city buildings!

I would be very glad if you could pass this flyer on to anyone you think might be interested. We are raising funds for our community garden, that we started about 6 years ago and is now going really wellwww.permapatch.org.au. It is completely community run and unfunded, other than a Council grant when we are lucky. Like my garden, it is run on Permaculture lines and a local hub for learning about sustainable living – growing your own food is one great way to reduce your carbon footprint – and eat great food while you’re doing it!  

When my garden was open two years ago, we had a lot of visitors and a lot of fun. This will be the last time, as Open Gardens Australia is sadly folding up next year.

Thanks so much. Mandy Stubbs


Honey for sale
$8 per jar for members

$10 per jar for non-members

On Sunday 16th March we bottled the very rare, very delicious PermaPatch honey.  We were rewarded with 84 jars of the gorgeous gold liquid, which is now for sale to members for $8 per jar & non-members for $10 per jar.

You may purchase the honey on any of the upcoming weekends in the garden or by using the honesty system & collecting some from the shed. The honey is in a box marked "honey" - please try & bring the right change so that it makes it easy for everyone & please, no IOU's.

We ask that if you are intending to on-sell the honey to friends, family, work colleagues that it is sold for $10. That way we can maintain our exclusive member's price for this precious nectar.

Our honey is rare, we have only had the one batch per year since we've had the bees at PermPatch, so it is very special to us.  Enjoy it while it lasts!

Honey Bottling!

My very first trip down to PermaPatch was last year on honey bottling day!  It was held at the end of the month on an Open Day and there were about 15 people who attended the garden to help. It was pretty amazing to process a product made in the garden, knowing it was all being done by hand, by a community of people who were connected with their local environment and the food they eat...  and that this was all happening right across the road from where I live made me quite giddy!

There are so many health benefits to eating locally produced honey, not least of all that it reduces the severity of any pollen allergies.

The great news is that Honey Bottling Day is back!  And this time we are ramping up the excitement by having delicious honey laden pikelets to feed and energise the hard workers of the bottling production line!  

You can also buy a bottle of honey on the day! Sunday March 16 from 2 - 5pm.