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Roogulli Open Garden

About the garden:

Set on 10ha (25 acres), Roogulli Small Farm is used to graze alpacas and llamas. Brooks Creek runs along one boundary and the owners have done extensive clearing of weeds and replanting of native vegetation along its banks.

The ornamental rock garden wrapping around the house is planted with native grassland plants and has no artificial irrigation. A dry creek bed drains water away from the house and curved mudbrick walls protect two courtyards. The house is energy efficient, solar powered and off-grid. On the northern side of the house, pergolas shade the windows in summer while providing views to the visiting wildlife on the large dam. The garden has been built using materials salvaged from the site, second hand materials collected from around Canberra and recycled products.

The large kitchen garden includes a poly tunnel fitted out with wicking beds for all year round vegetable production as well as conventional vegetable beds, berries and espalier heritage apples. The hens next door provide a composting and pest clean up service.

The food forest, which had only just been planted when the garden was last open, now boasts established fruit trees, swales diverting water from the driveway, chop and drop mulch, ducks and the ‘Bath House’.

The garden has won multiple design awards and been featured in books and magazines. It is used to explore and test ideas for living and gardening more sustainably in the 21st century on small and larger blocks and is home to the Fresh Landscape Design studio.

Extra attractions

Farm walks both days at 11am

Bywong Nursery will be selling native plant cultivars that are bred and selected locally and perfect for our climate 

Abbeyfield House Bungendore will be doing morning and afternoon teas

More information

Download the Roogulli A5 flyer and Roogulli garden notes

Also see www.freshlandscape.com.au

Directions to Roogulli

From Canberra, take the Federal Highway towards Goulburn (if you get to Lake George you’ve gone too far). Turn right into Bungendore Rd (next turnoff after Macs Reef Rd). Just after Gum Flat Creek crossing turn left onto Creekborough Road.

About 400m down Creekborough Rd, turn right onto Glendale Lane (dirt road). Roogulli is at the end on the left – the grey colorbond house.

Local Sustainable Garden Design – Visit Roogulli Open Garden

Roogulli boasts a large kitchen garden including a poly tunnel fitted out with wicking beds for all year round vegetable production as well as conventional vegetable beds, berries and espalier heritage apples. The Silkie hens and roosters next door provide a composting and pest clean up service. The food forest, which had only just been planted when the garden was last open, now boasts established fruit trees, swales diverting water from the driveway, chop and drop mulch, ducks and the ‘Bath House’. The rock garden around the house is planted with native grassland plants.

The garden has been built using materials salvaged from the site, second hand materials collected from around Canberra and recycled products.

Roogulli is used to graze alpacas, llamas and miniature sheep. Brooks Creek runs along one boundary and the owners have done extensive clearing of weeds and replanting of native vegetation along its banks in a project with neighbours and Wamboin Gearys Gap Landcare.

Entry: Members of Open Gardens Canberra free, Non-members $8, Children under 18 free if accompanied by an adult.

More information at  http://www.opengardenscanberra.org.au/node/34


Bungendore Community Garden Membership

community garden brochure titleAre you interested in gardening? Would you like to learn more about permaculture, worm farming and food forests?
To find out more about what we are doing and meet other members of the community with interests in local food production and sustainability, download the Bungendore Community Garden brochure and come to our next meeting at the Bungendore Community Garden!

Everyone is welcome. Hope to see you soon.

Canberra Region Planting Calendar – Autumn

Autumn is a great time to plant vegetables that you can eat throughout winter, however you need to get in there quickly before the frost season starts. By April you are generally better off planting out seedlings, with a few exceptions such as garlic, onions, broad beans and peas.

Here are some suggestions of what can be planted in early to mid-autumn:

  • Asian Greens for quick results.
  • A range of brassicas do well in autumn but will need quite a long time to mature, including: Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli and Cauliflower, Kale and Chinese and European Cabbages.
  • Broad Beans and Peas are not only great to eat but are also good for your soil.
  • Garlic, Leeks and Onions do very well in our climate.
  • Corn salad, Spinach, Endives and Lettuce will give good results and provide great leafy green ingredients for a lovely winter salad.
  • You can still plant Silverbeet, but early frosts may slow down growth.
  • You could try Carrots, too, but success varies very much depending on how early and how long the first frost periods are.

And if you have a bumper crop, why not swap some for something you didn’t grow at one of our food swaps at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market?

Or come along to the Bungendore Community Garden and meet other keen gardeners and find out more! We meet regularly at the gardens on the first and third Monday of each month from 10am to 12noon for garden maintenance and a chat. BYO chair and coffee.

Bungendore Community Garden

herbs-in-a-tubBungendore’s Community Garden is located next to the Bowling Club at Turallo Terrace, on the edge of Bungendore Common.

The garden was established in 2009 and is managed by Bungendore Landcare who meet irregularly to organise community garden activities, local tree-planting and maintenance and other events.

New members are most welcome.

Contact Convenor David Watson on 62381234 to find out about Landcare and the Community Garden.

Bungendore Homegrown Produce Swap

Bungendore Homegrown Produce Swap

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Back due to popular demand!

Just bring along any of your home grown produce to swap for something you haven’t been able to grow yourself or to give away.

  • November 16th 2014, 10.30 till 11.30am
  • December 7th 2014, 10.30 till 11.30am
  • December 21st 2014, 10.30 till 11.30am


On the footpath in front of Wild Rose Organics, Ellendon Street, Bungendore

For more information please call or email Louise 62381422 or wrorganics@gmail.com