Aug 292013

Welcome to new readers this week – Alexander, Ann, David, John, Judy, Lone and Michelle.

Local food-related events

Food Swaps

The Monty Swap this Sunday will be followed by a Garden Talk: To Bee or Not to Bee, from 11.30am to 12.15pm. Jane Woollard and Sally Koster will share their experiences of backyard bee-keeping and will cover topics that include:

  • First things first – what essential items do you need to get started.
  • Location and lifestyle – for you and them.
  • Hive inspections for first timers – a personal perspective.
  • Seasonal tasks.
  • The dos and don’ts of honey extraction.

There’ll also be information on the Great Tomato Taste Off which is planned for the February food swap, but needs your careful thought right now.

Lemons for October 26th

Briar Hill Primary school children make lemonade for their annual Spring Fair on October 26. Are there any readers who have or will have more lemons than they can use and be willing to offer to the activity? If so, please let Giuliana know at or 0407 046422

Community radio 3CR

The 3CR gardening radio show is on Sundays at 7.30am to 9.15am on 855AM or 3CR digital. Also available as a podcast online. The host is an Eltham woman called Pam Vardy. She’s very good.. and the regular presenters include Penny Woodwood, Stephen Ryan and Millie Ross. They are all very knowledgeable and you ring in with questions.

Local gardening clubs

Nillumbik Garden Club, Meets: first Monday of the month, 7.30pm at  Metzner Hall, Eltham Retirement Centre, 43 Diamond St. Contact: 9444 0304. So their next meeting will be Sept 2nd.

Hurstbridge Sow and Grow. Meets: first Tuesday of the month. Contact 9438 1563.

Soil improvement workshop

At Edendale, Friday September 6, 10am-12pm. bookings 9433 3711 or

Other food activities/information

Fruit Squad

Did you read this article in The Age last week? This is a great idea for collecting food surplus, which could become food waste, and distributing it to the needy. I also like the arrangement where the pickers are given horticultural training at TAFE level. If anyone is interested in setting up such a scheme around Nillumbik, Banyule, Whittlesea area and using Darebin’s blueprint LFC would be delighted to know about it.

Give a fork

This is the latest campaign of Sustainable Table. They are asking people to host a sustainable seafood dinner party in the week of October 7-14.

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