HELPING HAND: Doug Carloss and his fellow Edgewater Village residents are presented with a cheque by Judy Blackall, Rob Chittick and Leanne Foale, of Bendigo Bank.
HELPING HAND: Doug Carloss and his fellow Edgewater Village residents are presented with a cheque by Judy Blackall, Rob Chittick and Leanne Foale, of Bendigo Bank. Contributed

New garden a labour of love

AS EVERY green thumb knows, a flourishing garden takes time, energy and a lot of love.

At Edgewater Village, Bli Bli a beautiful herb and vegetable garden is taking shape.

The idea to create this garden at the over-50s lifestyle community began after their October 2013 Spring Fair, when some of the proceeds raised were allocated to get the project underway.

Now, the results are on show for all to see.

The garden was built by the Edgewater Village Men's Shed, with the raised garden beds constructed on an existing concrete base to allow members to tend the garden without excessive bending.

When in full operation, the garden's produce will be sold to the residents at minimal cost.

Project co-ordinator and Edgewater Village resident Doug Carloss said there was provision for the run-off from watering to be recycled, retaining much of the nutrients that existed in the soil mix.

"The seedlings have been planted in a total of 31 polystyrene boxes, which were positioned to allow the run-off to be collected," he said.

"Traditional cultivating methods are used for 24 boxes, while the remaining seven boxes contain seedlings grown hydroponically."

Fellow resident Roy Kassulke offered to share his knowledge of hydroponics with the garden group and to supervise the regular propagating of future plants from seed to ensure that the garden will have continuous crops.

After receiving a request to assist with the funding the project, Marcoola Community Bank branch manager Judy Blackall presented a cheque for $1000 and inspected the project first hand.

"The garden is simply fabulous," she said.

"It was terrific being around so many residents who are obviously loving being around the garden.

"We're delighted to support a living project such as this one and hope the garden will bring more joy in the years to come."

Mr Carloss said Edgewater management had been very supportive of the garden, which had given residents the opportunity to become involved in a community project.

"It's encouraging to see the positive interest in such a healthy outdoor activity," he said.


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