Great night talking about protecting crops from pests and extending the growing season

Notes from our gathering on March 30th
by Wendy Smith

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Lou discussing different supports for row covers. Photo: Anna Sullivan

The row cover system can used lots of different ways: veggie netting to protect from fruit fly, cabbage moth or white butterfly, etc; builders plastic to create a mini hot house to extend the warmer season (starting tomatoes, beans and corn at the end of August!); or shade cloth to protect coriander from the heat.  As Lou mentioned, keeping your growing bed area to a standard size enables you to use the same set-up across all beds and for all sorts of protection.

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Thanks Hume Bank for hosting Earth Hour in Wodonga

Clipping from News Weekly

News Weekly article

We had a very pleasant evening at the Wodonga Earth Hour event (Saturday 19 March).

We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and cool weather following on from a hot few weeks. The acoustic ‘Music by Moonlight’ was provided by talented local group Mia Grace and the Aviators, with the crowd joining in to help with percussion and later, some enthusiastic dancing.

Here’s a snippet from the News Weekly paper about the night.

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Tomato Extravaganza Recap

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Members brought their favourite tomatoes – we checked them out, tasted them, and some even went home for seed saving still in the fruit!

Our February gathering was a tomato-themed triumph with more than 35 attendees sharing their experiences, tips and questions. Big thanks to Karral Miller for her work to prepare and facilitate the session and to all who joined in.

Karral has also generously summarized the discussions so you can refer back to (or catch up on) the content, including tomato varieties, growing advice, pests and diseases, saving seed, dealing with the glut (yes, that includes recipes!) and even links for further reading.
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End of year wrap up

By Lou Bull

As the season winds up and the year winds down …
I am never sure which way to go with this idea that the year winds down for Christmas.  In our climate the lush growing season kicks in, the wildlife gets very excited and events galore get organised.  This was certainly true for Seed Savers Albury-Wodonga as both event organisers and participants.

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Thanks Seed Savers. Image: Lou Bull

This update is a brief reflection on the last few gatherings we had in 2015 and to invite your ideas for our plans in 2016.

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‘The other pollinators’ – event report

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Photo: Dr Manu Saunders,  wildpollinatorcount.com

By Victoria Schollick

Our guest speaker was Dr Manu Saunders, post doctoral research fellow on ecosystems with the Institute for Land, Water and Society at Charles Sturt University. Manu spoke about the role of all sorts of pollinators in food growing and agriculture and explained how we can provide a welcoming environment in our own gardens to encourage them to visit.

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Bungam Community Garden wicking beds

An update on our contributions at the newest community garden in Albury.


Time-lapse video: Installing wicking beds at Bungam Community Garden, Albury (2 mins 18 sec).

On a superbly sunny winter weekend (August 18 & 19) we constructed four wicking beds on Saturday and returned on Sunday for some planting and the official launch by the Mayor. Continue reading