Where to buy Certified Organic compost
I have recently had some difficulty finding Certified Organic compost. Many nurseries do not sell it and, unfortunately, some of them try and pass off their compost as the equivalent by saying something (moronic) like it is “100% organic”. So, I have done something of a survey. A list of the local outlets that I now know do actually sell Certified Organic compost can be found at the compost section of the local resources page. In summary:
- Diamond Creek: Nillumbik Nursery.
- Doncaster East: Beasley’s Nursery & Teahouse.
- Doreen: Sertel’s Nursery.
- Eltham: Webster Farm and Garden.
- Ringwood North: Branch Out Nursery.
- Ringwood North: Oban Trading.
- Any Bunnings (there are 7 in our area).
If you know of any others, please email me.
In passing, when I referenced the horse manure section of the local resources page in a newsletter, it immediately became one of the most clicked links of any newsletter(!). I have now added four other sources of horse manure, all free and all from Banyule Horse Riders.
Nathan Ezard has begun to adorn the outside of The Little Drop of Poison with vertical gardens, such that they can be seen from both the road and the railway. The first (see picture) contains succulents.
The comparative costs of fruit & veggies
How do you think that the costs of the food at Eltham Farmers’ Market compare with a) the local small shops and b) supermarkets? Well, I didn’t know so I decided to do a survey to find out. The survey took place in August 2015 (i.e. at the end of Winter) and all the shops surveyed were in Eltham. It focussed on veggies and fruit, but also covered other staples (eggs, bread, etc). The results can be found at the Eltham Farmers’ Market section.
In summary (from a cost perspective only):
- The market was generally a good option for both veggies (10% cheaper than the supermarket) and fruit (14% cheaper than the supermarket).
- For veggies on average, the supermarket was the most expensive, the small shop was the cheapest, and the farmers’ market was between the two.
- For fruit on average, the farmers’ market was the cheapest, with the other two roughly equal.
- For other staples, the comparisons were a bit all over the place, with the farmers’ market prices being competitive for some items (e.g. free range eggs and camembert) but more expensive for others.
Read the full results here.
Deborah Graham has recently launched Blue Pear Pantry, a home delivery meal service that focuses on fresh, fast and health meals at half the price of a takeaway. For more info, call 0415 170733, visit www.bluepearpantry.com.au or look at www.facebook.com/BluePearPantry.
Warrandyte Community Garden open day
What: Everyone welcome. This is the location which also hosts the newly established Warrandyte Food Swap, which is on the previous day.
When: Sunday, 8th November, 10am-1pm.
Where: Police Street, Warrandyte.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.
The art of food forest gardening
What: Angelo, from Deep Green Permaculture, will discuss how make your garden more productive by utilising the sustainable ecological principles of a natural forest.
When: Tuesday, 17th November, 11.30am-12.30pm.
Where: Diamond Valley Library.
Enquiries/Bookings: Dione Fisher by phone (9434 3809) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.
Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival
What and when: A week long series of events celebrating local food gardens, sharing food, and growing knowledge & skills across generations and cultures.
- Backyard beekeeping: Saturday, 21st November, 9.30-11.30am.
- Minh’s Vietnamese garden: Saturday, 21st November, midday-1pm.
- Antony’s Greek garden: Saturday, 21st November, 1.30-2.30pm.
- George and Marika’s mini market garden: Saturday, 21st November, 3-4pm.
- Harry’s micro orchard garden: Sunday, 22nd November, 10-11am.
- Citrus and apple tree aerial layering and grafting workshop: Sunday, 22nd November, 11.30am-12.30pm.
- Steve and George’s mini suburban farm: Sunday, 22nd November, 1-2pm.
- Fruit tree selection and care: Sunday, 22nd November, 2.30-3.30pm.
- Fotios and Effy’s Mediterranean garden: Sunday, 22nd November, 4-5pm.
- Kim’s recycled renters garden: Monday, 23rd November, 6-7pm.
- Angelo’s fertile food forest: Tuesday, 24th November, 6-7pm.
- Wicking bed eorkshop: Wednesday, 25th November, 6-7pm.
- Robbie’s aquaponics garden: Saturday, 28th November, 10-11am.
- Introduction to aquaponics workshop: Saturday, 28th November, 11.30am-12.30pm.
- Edible and medicinal plant identification and use: Saturday, 28th November, 1-2pm.
- Kat’s small scale urban farm: Saturday, 28th November, 2.30-3.30pm.
- Small space veggie patch design workshop: Saturday, 28th November, 4-5pm.
- Permaculture garden: food forests: Sunday, 29th November, 10-11am.
- Permaculture garden: enhancing biodiversity: Sunday, 29th November, 11.30am-12.30pm.
- Permaculture garden: design: Sunday, 29th November, 1-2pm.
- Sharing homegrown food: Sunday, 29th November, 2.30-4.30pm.
Summary of all upcoming events
Over the next week
- Achieving a bountiful harvest: Thursday, 22nd October, 11am-midday.
- Successful and sustainable vegetable gardening: Thursday, 22nd October, 2-3pm.
- Hurstbridge Learning Coop Primary School permablitz: Saturday, 24th October, 9am-4.30pm.
- Biodynamic farm visits: Saturday, 24th October, starting at 9am.
- Melbourne Cheese Festival: Saturday, 24th October, 10am-5pm.
- Moreland Community Gardens mega tour: Saturday, 24th October, 10am-3pm.
- Authentic Asian cooking: Saturday, 24th October, 11am-1pm.
- Food swap at Wonga Park primary school fair: Saturday, 24th October, 3-5pm.
- Setting up and maintaining a worm farm: Saturday, 24th October, 3-5pm.
- Bellfield Community Garden official opening: Sunday, 25th October, midday-4pm.
- Plant identification workshop: grasses: Sunday, 25th October, 1-3pm.
- Wicking bed workshop: Sunday, 25th October, 2-4.30pm.
Over the next month
- Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes (and basil): Thursday, 29th October, 11am-midday.
- Lalor Community Garden plants sale and open day: Saturday, 31st October, 10am-2pm.
- Growing and using Asian greens: Tuesday, 3rd November, 7.15-9.15pm.
- Growing herbs indoors: Thursday, 5th November, 11am-midday.
- Warrandyte Community Garden open day: Sunday, 8th November, 10am-1pm.
- Beekeeping – a taster: Sunday, 8th November, 2-4pm.
- Growing vegetables in your garden: Monday, 9th November, 10.30am-12.30pm.
- Maintaining beneficial insects in the garden: Thursday, 12th November, 11am-midday.
- Eltham Wine Show: Sunday, 15th November, 10.30am-12.30pm.
- The art of food forest gardening: Tuesday, 17th November, 11.30am-12.30pm.