Sep 122018
 

Community gardens in Maroondah

The website now has pages for most of the community gardens in Maroondah:

Bedford Park, Ringwood Eastland Multicultural, Ringwood Glen Park Oaks, Bayswater North
 
Seasons of Hope Garden, Croydon Tables, Heathmont  

Thanks to Barbara, Jess, Penny, Stephanie and Vanessa for providing all the information.

Blooming lovely!

The Forest Hill food swap isn’t happening this Saturday (15th Sep). This is because the relevant people are all taking part in a garden show entitled Blooming lovely! at Box Hill Town Hall.

The Beales Road Farm crowdfunding campaign reached its target

The Beales Road Farm crowdfunding campaign for an irrigation system reached its goal of $5,500. I counted at least 12 newsletter readers who contributed. Well done everyone!

Peppertree Place (Coburg) may have been saved

Read this week’s article in The Leader.

Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival moved to the autumn

The next festival will be held in autumn 2019 instead of the usual spring/November.

Interview with Joe Garita – erstwhile market gardener on Merri Creek

Joe Garita had a 5 acre market garden on the Merri Creek in Coburg. Read the interview with Joe on wikinorthia. Note that, although recently published, the interview actually took place in 2012.

Is honey vegan?

Read this Facebook post by Ben Moore from Ben’s Bees.

Which link was clicked most times in the last newsletter?

Possible arsenic contamination in Diamond Creek.

Joke of the week

That awkward moment when you pay $5 for Evian water and notice that it is Naive spelt backwards.

Read all the jokes.

New events

Top tips for reducing waste in your household

What: Why is it so hard to be waste free? Where do you even start? Will your small household contribution really help the planet? Why isn’t the government doing more? How can you get more involved? Whether you want some ideas on where to start, or if you’re already on the journey and have some Top Tips you’d like to share, go along for a chat. Organised by Sustainable Greensborough.
When: Sunday, 16th September, 2-4pm.
Where: Watsonia Library.
Cost: free.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Growing mycelium (mushrooms) in the city

What: Take home your own DIY mycelium mushroom kit. This workshop will give you the skills to grow your own mushrooms at home and is aimed at an entry level point. It will cover oyster and lions maine mushrooms. Learn the hands-on techniques for re-building soil, drought proofing gardens and growing new varieties of mushrooms. A vegan, gluten-free lunch will be provided. Facilitator: Stuart Muir Wilson.
When: Monday, 17th September, 10am-3pm.
Where: Brunswick.
Cost: $70 (includes lunch).
Bookings: WeTeachMe.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Official opening of Macleod Organic Community Garden

What: Macleod Organic Community Garden will be formally opened by Costa Georgiadis. Celebrate with them as they approach three years since commencing work on the garden. Following the opening, they will be serving pizza straight out of our community oven, as well as other refreshments. There will be activities for children and tours of the garden.
When: Sunday, 30th September, 2-4pm.
Where: Macleod Organic Community Garden.
Cost: free.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Olives and olive trees

What: A presentation by David Strutt at Nillumbik Garden Club.
When: Monday, 1st October, 7-10pm.
Where: Metzner Hall, Eltham.
Cost: free.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Cooking master class

What: Enjoy 3 tasting size courses cooked by chef Bek McMillan, from Gourmet Living, who will demonstrate step by step. All recipes are included. Menu: Thai pesto bruschetta; coriander & lime rockling; and apple & cranberry rice pudding.
When: Thursday, 4th October, 7-9pm.
Where: Gourmet Living, Templestowe.
Cost: $42.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Chinese tea – a history and tasting

What: Chinese teas have a long and fascinating history. Hear from the tea specialists at Libertea about the various blends and culture associated with Chinese teas, and sample a few for yourself.
When: Sunday, 7th October, 11am-1pm.
Where: Realm Library, Ringwood.
Cost: free.
Bookings: by phone (9800 6430).
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Festive inspired cooking master class

What: Enjoy 3 tasting size courses cooked by chef Bek McMillan, from Gourmet Living, who will demonstrate step by step. All recipes are included. Menu: pesto pasta salad; roast mustard pork loin; and apple & fig puff tarts.
When: Thursday, 11th October and again on Friday, 12th October, both 7-9pm.
Where: Gourmet Living, Templestowe.
Cost: $42.
Bookings: EventBrite (Thursday and Friday).
Further information: Thursday; Friday.

Alexandra and district open gardens

What: Fancy a visit to the country? There are 10 gardens to visit in Buxton, Taggerty, Acheron and Alexandra Township comprising 6 town gardens and 4 country gardens. Visit their website for details about each garden.
When: Saturday, 27th October and again on Sunday, 28th October, both 10am-4pm.
Where: Buxton, Taggerty, Acheron and Alexandra.
Cost: $5 to visit a single garden or $35 for all ten gardens.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Growing fruit and veggies in small spaces

What: What you will learn: which produce plants are suitable to grow in small areas; coping with shade and sun for produce growing; and how to make the most of any available space for growing produce. Presented by Angelo Eliades. Do you only have a small garden or no garden at all? Would you still like to grow your own food? This class will inspire you to get started. Topics will include fruit, vegetables and berries for small spaces, growing produce in pots and containers, maximising productivity in any size space and plant selection.
When: Thursday, 8th November, 6.30-9pm.
Where: Bulleen Art and Garden.
Cost: $50.
Bookings: WeTeachMe.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Green at Kathleen – preparing for summer harvest

What: All you need to know to grow fresh produce at home in Summer including: what to plant and when; soil maintenance in the Summer months; smart watering and managing hot weather; and feeding and maintaining the patch for a great harvest.
When: Saturday, 10th November, 11.30am-1pm.
Where: Kathleen Syme Library.
Cost: free.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Arthurs Creek Mechanics Institute’s 30th annual garden walk

What: Celebrate 30 years of open gardens in the area of Arthurs Creek and Doreen. 5 beautiful gardens to visit. Light lunches and Devonshire teas available. Various art/craft items to purchase including: Jane Annois pottery, Tara Stubley’s paintings, Robyn and John Harris’ craftware/lavender products, and Melissa Thomas’ metalwork. Plants also available for purchase. All proceeds will go towards the upkeep and restoration of the hall.
When: Sunday, 11th November, 9.30am-5pm.
Where: Arthurs Creek Mechanics Institute Hall.
Cost: $20.
Bookings: Purchase tickets at the hall on the day.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Open Gardens Victoria – chooks in the city workshop

What: Open Gardens Victoria and Jessamy Miller (from ABC’s Organic Gardener) will show you how to keep and care for chooks in the city, including: housing; diet & health; and Council rules.
When: Sunday, 11th November, at 10-11.30am and again at 12.30-2pm.
Where: Northcote.
Cost: $35.
Bookings: TryBooking.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Introduction to permaculture (two sessions)

What: Developed by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, permaculture (permanent agriculture) is a whole system approach to ecological planning and design for sustainable living. This workshop, spread over two weekends, will be beneficial to both those new to the concept of permaculture and for those thinking of undertaking a permaculture design course. You will be introduced to permaculture and gain a basic understanding of the principles and design methods associated with permaculture.
When: Saturday, 10th November and Sunday, 11th November, both 10am-4pm.
Where: Edendale.
Cost: $120 for the two days.
Bookings: TryBooking.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

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