Thursday, 26 November 2015

Aorangi Vets now has an edible garden

Another transformation has taken place in Geraldine.  Aorangi Vets has joined the growing list of local businesses sporting an edible garden. 

A row of Agapanthus was dug out and whisked away by keen gardeners, and equally keen passer-byes.  A big thanks to Ash and Karen Pace and Bob Nelson for doing a lot of the 'grunt work'.  Thanks also for the Pace boys for ensuring our new garden would be snail free!

Out with the old...

 Next up to the plate were Lindsay Nelson, Dave Hendry and Sam Lees.  Within minutes this fabulous raised bed was constructed and filled with donated top soil.  A huge thanks to these guys!

In with the new!
 The following day a generous layer of compost had been added, massive thanks to the team at Village Landscapes.  Thanks also to the green fingered students of Geraldine High for providing a great array of plants - Tomatoes, Herbs, Lettuces, Sunflowers, Swan plants(not edible of course but hopefully handy for some colourful caterpillars). 

A big thanks to the team at Aorangi Vets for looking after the new bed.  We're all looking forward to enjoying some tasty veges!
Located on Wilson street next to the Kindergarten, it's a great spot for children, and their parents, to enjoy the produce.

Carol Seaton giving the new plants a good drink.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Plenty of visitors this week..

 Say gidday to the Timaru Alpine Garden Society. 
A bus load of these fabulous people came to town this week for a talk on Incredible Edible. Thanks for the visit ladies and gentlemen, hope you enjoyed your lunch.

The Hon Jo Goodhew visited us to hear all about how we grow food for everyone to share. Here is Jo with Constable Murray Thatcher, hearing about how successful the police gardens have been. 

Geraldine Books and Post sure do grow great strawberries! Fantastic display guys, Jo liked it too.

 Lining up to see the new Post Office Edible Alleyway 

Monday, 16 November 2015

Peter Mathews' Tree Planted

Welcome to the Orchard of Legends Peter Mathews!

Some of the Geraldine Primary School children and teachers attended the planting of Pete's new Apple Tree at the entrance to the Primary School Community Hall on Friday 13th November 2015.

We had a chat with the children about apple trees, sunshine, water, pollination and how yummy fresh apples can be picked straight from the tree. Then some of the children helped plant this awesome tree, which already has baby apples!

We look forward to watching the apples grow, ripen and be eaten by kids on their way home from school.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Post Office Alley

Introducing Post Office Alley

What a difference a day makes! Post Office Alley had a makeover on Sunday and is now an edible oasis. Just add water and watch it grow!

Many thanks to our wonderful team of volunteers;  Ken and Louise from Louk Clothing, Tony from the Geraldine Lions, Bec, Jo, Tash, Maddie, Alana, Malcolm, Dave, Karen, Shaun, Olive and Alice.

Also thanks to the many donations; Fabulous topsoil from Victory Lime, Compost from the Timaru District Council, Gooseberries from Richies Garden Service, Keryn Morton's Rasberries, Mayfield Playcentre's seedlings, Geraldine High School's Pumpkin plants, John Griffiths' seed potatoes and Jo Hewson's potatoes and artichokes.

Everyone mucking in.

Piles of donated compost

Adding the finishing touches

Ready for all to enjoy!

Incredible Cook-off and Tour

This Saturday - it's all on!
11am: Incredible Cook-off. Sam Lees and Shaun Cleverly (the pair who started all this) strut their vege cooking stuff! Cox St gardens, behind Harcourts. 
10am: Edible Tour: Rebecca Lees gives a walking tour of Incredible Edible in central Geraldine. Why grow food in public spaces? What effect is it having on our town? Come and find out. Meet at Cox St gardens.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Coming up on 12 Dec - Waimate

There's so much going on...

There's been so much happening with Incredible Edible Geraldine lately!
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Sam Lees, Claire Barlow and Rebecca Lees
Claire Barlow (Mayor of MacKenzie) visited us at Incredible Edible Geraldine and had a tour around town. Claire was so inspired she has asked towns in her region to start it up there, and is 'sending her people' back to see us.
Fellow Incredible Edible grower and supporter Hugh McCafferty gets busy helping water the Police Garden. If you're passing by the gardens and they look thirsty give them a drink.

Sam Lees inspires the kids at Geraldine Primary School assembly to grow food free for everyone to share.

Our latest Orchard of Legends Legend - Peter Matthews, caretaker of Geraldine Primary School for 16 years. Pete's tree will be planted with our help and some children from the school, outside the Geraldine Primary School Community Hall, Wilson St.

Planting day for John Bray's Orchard of Legends tree, Orari. Great turnout!

The Geraldine Toy Library installed 3 huge planter boxes outside the toy library, go and check them out!

Young volunteer helping plant up the new Wellness Alley, alongside the old ANZ Bank building, Talbot St

The fabulous Janene Adams, with her two children planting up Wellness Alley, Talbot St. A place to grow food for wellness. Fantastic!

Apple tree donated by Thirkettle Nurseries and the Geraldine Garden Centre, now situated in the Wellness Alley

Beauty Lane! The beginnings of Beauty Lane, edibles planted for beauty and for everyone to share, next to Bella Salu Beauty Therapy, Talbot St.

Police Garden Pak Choy - it is delicious