Mar 302016

pak choyYour Autumn plantings (continued)

Helen’s article for April is on how to grow a) broad beans and b) Chinese cabbage. It complements her article from last month on brassicas and leafy greens, as well as her earlier article on how to grow garlic.

Broad beans, Chinese cabbage and garlic are all relatively easy crops to grow so, if you have never grown them before, now might be a good time to start. Read the article.

A new food swap at Mooroolbark

2nd Saturday of the month, 10-11.30am. Red Earth Community Park, Brice Avenue, Mooroolbark, 3138. For more info, contact Claire by email or phone (0425 700280).

That makes a total of 19(!) currently active food swaps in North East Melbourne. Have a look at our food swap page for the complete list, including where, when and contact details. Alternatively, see the same information in a different format in our calendar

New events

Fruit tree pruning workshop

What: Learn to prune apples, pears, plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines and a host of other fruit trees plus theory on the best time to prune depending on what size you want your trees to be. Afternoon tea provided.
When: Saturday, 16th April, 1-5pm.
Where: Macleod.
Cost: $15.
Enquiries/Bookings: Robin by email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Wicking bed workshop

What: The workshop will give you hands-on experience of building a wicking bed. It will include theory as well as practical experience and tips. It will be led by Paul Gale-Baker, member of Sustainable Macleod. Please bring lunch to share. Morning and afternoon tea provided. Not sure what a wicking bed is? It has a reservoir of water below the plants so that the roots receive consistent moisture. It uses 50% less water than the equivalent raised garden bed.
When: Saturday, 30th April, 9.30am-5pm.
Where: Macleod.
Cost: $15.
Enquiries/Bookings: Robin by email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Living longer the Mediterranean way

What: Mary Valle teaches Mediterranean-style cooking and consults to a cafe, assisting in creating menus, recipes and new dishes. Her style of cooking is seasonal, simple, healthy and delicious. She is the author of the cookery book My Greek Kitchen and contributes to magazines regularly. Mary will talk about her work and her cookbooks, with her latest being Everyday Mediterranean Cooking: food, life and living longer the Mediterranean way with healthy oil.
When: Thursday, 5th May, 2-3pm.
Where: Balwyn.
Cost: free.
Bookings: Eventbrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Bees, beekeeping and a bee-friendly garden

What: Bernie Heinze has been a beekeeper for fifty years and is the chairman of the Melbourne sector of the Victorian Apiarists’ Association. Bernie will answer your questions about bees and beekeeping. He will also talk about native plants and other strategies for maintaining a bee-friendly garden. Bookings preferred. Refreshments provided.
When: Saturday, 28th May, 1.30-2.30pm.
Where: Lilydale.
Cost: free.
Enquiries/Bookings: Lilydale Library by phone (9800 6457).
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Summary of upcoming events

Over the next week
Over the next month

Click here for the complete calendar of upcoming events.