Along with Wendy’s notes from the preserving session, we have a couple of other resources you might be interested in, namely Jacky’s favourite websites handout and Helena’s eggplant kasundi recipe. Enjoy!
Notes from our gathering on March 30th
by Wendy Smith
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.
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.
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.
You might like to grab yourself a cuppa and settle in for a little reading session. Continue reading
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.
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.
At our recent gathering, several members contributed to a discussion about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), specifically in relation to food labelling and genetically modified crops. We agreed to share some links to information on the TPP for those looking to find out more. Continue reading
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.
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
For those who missed our pumpkin night in May, three generous members have shared their notes with us. Thanks Anna, Thea and Cathy!
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