Natural Garden Remedies (session notes)

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Hoverflies have many beneficial roles in our gardens. Photo: Karen Retra

Big thanks to Chiara Cass for facilitating our June gathering on this interesting topic. The evening was very well attended and we had lots of terrific discussion. Thanks to all who came along.

Below are some of Chiara’s notes. We also had many interesting conversations about related issues and potential solutions, some of which are also noted.

If you have a tip or experience to share, please feel free to leave a comment so everyone can benefit from it! Continue reading

Seed Savers Event at Black Barn Farm in Stanley

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Visit to Black Barn Farm

By Roz Phillipson

Two months on from the promise of apocalyptic weekend weather in December when the farm visit was postponed, the day arrived for a re-try. Together with the Beechworth Food Co-Op, Seed Savers members took the opportunity to learn from Charlie and Jade about setting up a poly-orchard on permaculture principles. Continue reading

Event notes from ‘Embrace your weeds’

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Emma discussing weeds!

By Karral Millar & Chiara Cass

Workshop: Embrace your Weeds, held Thursday 12/10/17
Presenter: Emma Street

As gardeners we spend a great deal of time and money and risk our health with the use of herbicides in order to remove weeds from our garden. Perhaps we should rethink and use some of these weeds which can be delicious and highly nutritious. Continue reading

Seed Stocktake Success

By Jane Barlow

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Notes from our event on Thursday 8th June 2017.

The wonderful workers got onto sorting, repackaging, labelling and reboxing to further organise our seed collection.  Seedlings were also brought along and swapped, and we shared supper between getting on with the jobs at hand.  Lots of good advice, tales and laughter. Continue reading

Our visit to Thea’s garden

By Karral Miller

Thea's terrific talk and photos

Introduction by Victoria. First of many fabulous photos in Thea’s presentation. Photo: Karral Miller

Three years ago Thea and Luke O’Loughlin came from Melbourne to live in a rented house in Albury. Previous tenants had planted some citrus trees, a banana tree (plantains), a passionfruit vine and a few pumpkins and potatoes but had left little in the way of good gardening beds. Undaunted and with almost no gardening experience, Thea and Luke set out to produce as much of their own food as they could without spending a heap of money.  Continue reading