Feb 242016

Your Autumn plantings

Helen’s article for March is on autumn plantings. As she says in her introduction: “Two things happened in February 2016 to increase the number of veggies that can be planted now: milder than usual weather and lower levels of ‘cabbage white’ moths around to lay hungry leaf munching caterpillars. She then lists 26 veggies that can be planted now and discusses possible experiments with different colours and textures and with unusual veggies. Read the full article.

For those of you who don’t know, Helen Simpson is Montmorency’s equivalent of Jane Edmanson and is also the proprietor of The Mushroom Shed.

rockmelonsRockmelons: smell their bottoms or watch them change colour?

As I fight with the rats for ownership over my rockmelons (current score: rats 2, me 1), I recently had cause to re-read a short article that I wrote a few years ago for Nillumbik’s Home Harvest Grower Newsletter on how to judge when rockmelons are ripe. Read the article.

Roma tomato fundraiser

Do you love it when sauce tomatoes come into season? This year you can order them by the box at a cheap price and help raise money for the Montmorency South Primary School (MSPS) at the same time. $30 per box of 16Kg vine-ripened Roma tomatoes ($10 from each box sold is for MSPS). Orders need to be received by lunchtime, 26th February at the latest. If interested, contact Jenna Farrington by phone (0406 738220) or email.

How to make a self-watering pot

Carolyn Leach-Paholski, a regular at the monthly Box Hill South Urban Harvest swap, has created a great illustration of how to make a self-watering pot. It comprises 8 simple steps, which are numbered on the illustration as 1-2i-2ii-3i-3ii-4i-4ii-4iii. In summary, cut a plastic soft drink bottle in half, punch a hole in the lid and thread a length of string to wick water up to the soil.
self-watering pot          self-watering pot2

st andrews 2‘Meet me at Market’ book now available at half price (and free to some people!)

Jo Skuse, author and photographer of ‘Meet me at Market’, has told us that the book is now available for only $20. For those of you who don’t know, ‘Meet me at Market’ is a book of images and stories celebrating the people of St Andrews Market and the importance of connecting and community. It is a great book, with some wonderful photos in it. If interested, either email Jo or visit Nature’s Harvest Hurstbridge.

Furthermore, as a newsletter exclusive, if you funded Jo’s original Pozible project that made the printing of the book possible then, to show her support for your support, she will give you another copy of the book for free! Just email Jo.

peachesAn ode to the upcoming Harvest Feast at Edendale farm

The Harvest Feast has come around again.
Where gardeners share tales of joy and pain.
And eat the fruits of their collective labours.
And savour all those wonderous flavours.

There’ll be veggies, fruit and lots of eggs.
But nothing that ever got about on legs.

I’ll take along some peaches in bottles.
Glowing like sunshine on flowers of wattles.
This year the feast will be the best by far.
Especially with my gift of sunshine in a jar.

For those of you who don’t know, the author of this ode, Pam Jenkins, is Diamond Creek’s equivalent of Banjo Paterson and the organiser of the Diamond Creek Food Swap.

2016 Australian Good Food & Travel Guide Readers Choice Awards

Congratulations to the following local eateries.

Name Category Suburb
Cocoa Moon Cafe Cafe Warrandyte
ezard @ Levantine Hill New restaurant Coldstream
Machan Indian Restaurant Indian Eltham
Rae’s Restaurant Modern Australian Yarra Glen
The Blue Dog Bar Cafe Park Orchards
Tokar Estate Restaurant Vineyard restaurant Coldstream

So, fame doesn’t beckon for you

Interestingly, only one(!) of you clicked the link to apply for The Great Australian Bake Off. Applications close today (24th February).

New events

Heide’s kitchen garden

What: Sunday Reed established the historic Heide I kitchen garden in 1936, placing an emphasis on the cultivation of fresh produce, a tradition that continues today. Join a volunteer guide for a tour of the Heide I and Heide II kitchen gardens, examining their history and development.
When: Wednesday, 2nd March, 11am-midday, and again on 23rd March, 31st March, 21st April and 25th May.
Where: Bulleen.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: Heide Museum of Modern Art by phone (9850 1500) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Heal your gut

What: Lee Holmes is a nutritionist, wholefoods chef, yoga teacher and author of a number of books about healthy eating including Heal your gut and Supercharged food. Heal your gut is a step-by-step protocol for restoring your inner gut health via a treatment program and detox regime, supported by over 90 anti-inflammatory recipes to heal and nourish. Join Lee as she discusses the four phases of gut healing and her everyday checklist for good gut health so that you can experience wellness from head to toe, gain more energy and feel healthy again. Free event, bookings essential.
When: Tuesday, 22nd March, 7-8pm.
Where: Kew.
Cost: free.
Enquiries/Bookings: Kew Library by phone (9278 4666).
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Under the Pickle Tree – talk and tasting

What: Local condiments producer Kelly Meredith started her business Under The Pickle Tree four years ago in order to live and work locally in Panton Hill. Find out how Kelly created her recipes, started her business and her plans for the future. There will be a product tasting session after her talk and her products will also be available for purchase on the night.
When: Friday, 8th April, 11am-midday.
Where: Watsonia.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: Watsonia Library by phone (9435 2397).
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Cool season vegetables

What: Gardener Katie Nettelbeck will talk about which vegetables to plant during the cooler months, including succession planting and inter-cropping. A recipe from Café Vue using fresh seasonal produce will be provided.
When: Thursday, 14th April, 11am-midday.
Where: Bulleen.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: Heide Museum of Modern Art by phone (9850 1500) or email.
Bookings: Eventbrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Home harvest Manningham

What: A monthly home gardening seminar series on how to grow your own delicious fresh food at home. No bookings required.

  • March 30: Unusual fruits to grow in Manningham.
  • April 27: Rejuvenate your soils after a hot summer.
  • May 25: Organic pest control.
  • June 29: Winter in the veggie garden.
  • July 27: Maintaining your fruit trees over winter.
  • August 31: Let’s plant ourselves a pie.
  • September 28: Starting a patch from scratch.
  • October 29: Composting and worm farming.
  • November 30: Getting ready for the summer harvest.

When: Last Wednesday in each month, 7-9pm.
Where: Doncaster.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: Nigel Philpot by phone (9840 9173) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

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