Oct 212015

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.

little drop of poisonNew planter box in Eltham

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.

blue pear pantryNew home delivery meal service in Warrandyte

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.


New events

Warrandyte Community Garden open day

warrandyte_1What: 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.
Cost: free.
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.
Cost: free.
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.

Where: Various events in Northcote, Preston, Reservoir and Thornbury.
Cost: Each event is $10 / $5 Concession (children free).
Bookings: Eventbrite.
Further information: read the web page.

Summary of all upcoming events

Over the next week
Over the next month

Click here for the complete calendar of upcoming events.

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