Coronet Bay Community Garden
Warm welcomes and wicking beds in this water-wise community garden
Veggies 🥦 Berries 🍓 Fruits 🍋
Meet the gardeners and their garden
Whether it’s the whimsical art installations occasionally hosted by the garden, the inviting bench seat or the monthly produce swaps, this community garden stands out for the warmth of its welcome and social camaraderie. Established in 2019, this garden has acted like a magnet, attracting members with specialised skills in crop rotation, propagation and building wicking beds to create a constantly evolving space.
How does your garden grow?
As well as many vegetables, fruit trees and flowers to attract bees and other pollinators, we have a real focus on native and Indigenous species such as kangaroo apples, yam daisies and warrigal greens. One of our distinguishing features is the diversity of our growing beds. We have some very skilful builders who have repurposed old farm water tanks into large growing beds, built wicking beds out of IBCs (Intermediate Bulk Containers) and crafted our dome-shaped polytunnel for plant propagation. We also use the no dig approach and have created hay bale beds.
What are some of your gardening challenges?
Wild weather goes hand in hand with our location adjacent to Westernport Bay. Using mulch, we have created raised windbreaks that have been planted with hundreds of native trees, as well as low grasses and groundcovers. A future project will involve installing drainage. The heavy winter and spring rains in 2022 meant that we almost needed to use the boat (an art installation) that is planted with succulents as an Ark!
Be inspired and learn!
The gardeners say: Wicking beds are a smart approach to water management, using about one-seventh of the water of regular gardening beds. They store water at the bottom of the container, with the plants slowly drawing water up from this reservoir.
Ask us about our wicking beds and how to make them yourself. Weekly working bees, Thursday 10am onwards. On the second Sunday of each month from 2.30, we have a social gathering and produce swap table. New members welcome.