Thanks for Rosemary for this report, to all the gardeners who contributed and to Joy and Rosemary for setting up this ride.
The Gardens Delights Trail Ride (south of the river) held on 10 August in Grovedale, Waurn Ponds and Belmont was fun and informative. We observed the improvements being made on the 35 productive plots at the Grovedale Community Garden before riding to Silvana’s extensive permaculture garden with its strong and quirky recycling elements and where indigenous and cottage plants happily jostled side by side. We admired Joy’s many and varied camellias, her veggie patch and hot composting system. There were numerous fruit trees at Louise’s plus an impressive aquaponics setup with silver perch and catfish providing nutrients for veggies which, in turn, cleaned the water for the fish. The last garden we rode to was Mark’s with 48 fruit trees, some beautifully espaliered, including a four year old Granny Smith which yielded 600 apples this year. This suburban Belmont garden has been visited recently by owls, a kookaburra and numerous rainbow lorikeets. One pleasing outcome of the ride was our chat with a local cycling and gardening enthusiast who happily joined us for part of the ride and has shown interest in joining Cycling Geelong. We enjoyed fine weather, good camaraderie, a variety of interesting gardens, some easy but enjoyable cycling and a lovely lunch together.