A new community garden for Raumati Beach
Kate Foley and Angelique Monaghan show off the plans for the garden in front of the spot where it will go.
The Raumati Village Community Garden group formed as part of Greener Neighbourhoods 2018. They are about to set up a new community garden on the grounds of the Kāpiti Uniting Parish church, next to the Thrifty Place op-shop on Weka Road, in Raumati Beach. The church has offered free use of their land and water supply. While on church land, the garden is community-run and open to everyone, it already has many of the surrounding neighbours involved.
Our Green Gardener Hannah Zwartz will be helping get the garden established. Three garden beds will be built on Saturday 15 September, starting at 9am. Then two weeks later Hannah Zwartz will run another workshop on filling the beds and doing some planting. 'The workshops are a great chance for anyone in the community to come along and be part of the project', says one of the project leaders Angelique Monaghan. 'No experience is needed: only a willingness to get involved'.
The Kāpiti Uniting Parish in Raumati is also designated as a community hub for Civil Defence emergencies. Having a community garden onsite offers another level of community resilience and an opportunity for community connections to form.
Regular gardening workshops will be held to help people share skills and learn to use more sustainable techniques. Here's the list of what's coming up.
FREE WORKSHOPS AT RAUMATI VILLAGE COMMUNITY GARDEN
Saturday 15 September, 9-11am: Buiding raised beds: A great design using recycled materials where possible. Bring tools.
Saturday 29 September, 2-3.30pm: Filling raised beds on a budget: Find out how to fill raised beds using no-dig methods, using free materials wherever possible. Bring gloves and a barrow if you can!
Saturday 3 November. 2-3.30pm: Planting tomatoes and capsicum: Learn how to give these summer favourites what they need, including installing built-in irrigation at time of planting to make summer watering a breeze.
Saturday 1 December, 2-3.30pm: Planting beans, pumpkins and salad crops: Now the soil has warmed up, it's time to get these into the ground. Give them good compost and room to sprawl...