Excursion to RAD Growers

Join us at RAD Growers, 5th Nov.

Join us at RAD Growers, 5th Nov.

Our final gathering for the year is an excursion to RAD Growers at Bungowannah (about 15 minutes drive from Albury).

We’re thrilled to be visiting this exciting  food growing adventure (‘Real And Delicious’), just as it turns one year old. There have been plenty of ups and downs in this story already, not least of which was the recent flooding that inundated the patch.

If you’re keen to see food growing taken to the next level, and learn more about seasonal, local food production in the form of market gardening and eggs from chickens on pasture, be sure to RSVP. Continue reading

Protecting, propagating and providing season extensions

What crop protection methods do you use in your garden?

Getting an early start to the season with hoops

Getting an early start to the season with hoops. Photo: Lou bull

When: Wednesday March 30th 2016, from 6:30pm, Thurgoona

Come to this gathering to share your ideas on how you:

  • protect your crops from various elements
  • use heating or housing to propagate seedlings
  • use netting for crop protecting and/or shading
  • use hot housing to extend seasons or grow plants from other climates

We will have the seed bank available. Continue reading

From Tragedy to Triumph

After admiring Thea and Luke’s posts about their garden adventures on social media, we asked Thea if she’d write something for our inaugural round of How does your garden grow? And she did!

Text and photos by Thea O’Loughlin Continue reading

Busyness and my garden

leafy greens and herbs

“It’s given me a chance to rethink about our food growing” – Sue

Here’s another response to our prompt How does your garden grow?

By Sue Brunskill

I have had a challenging year and probably have the least productive veggie garden since we moved to Wooragee more than 20 years ago. I did get a bit depressed – we have planted so well for habitat that the parrots and the wallabies have demolished much. But I did “put it on the table” and have a look and realised that I was away in September when I usually get ready for summer garden and then of course when I got back had to catch up on all other things I’d missed, then worked until 23rd Dec instead of stopping earlier, and had a busy family end of year.

But there are some positives too – I might just get my autumn veggies in on time, it gave me a chance to really build up the gardens and do some other things like play with our 2 gorgeous new miniature pigs that we collected on 23rd December.

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Tomato Extravaganza – 25th Feb

Photo huge pile of tomatoes

La Tomatina, Spain. Photo source: allevents.in

The first Seed Savers Albury-Wodonga gathering for 2016 is a seed cleaning session and discussion of all things tomato – tomato seed saving, tomato growing experiences, best varieties, and what to do with the glut!

Bring samples of your tomatoes and recipes to share.

We’ll have the seed bank in action so bring your other summer seeds to clean too or use the opportunity to take home some seeds for the coming seasons. Continue reading

Karral’s garden journal

By Karral Miller (SSAW committee member)

Member's garden journal image

Another Seed Savers member’s garden journal – as much a work of art as a record of the garden!

My most useful gardening tool is not a favourite trowel or that cunning little device for measuring soil pH but something more ephemeral – my gardening journal.

I began several years ago jotting down planting times and sketches of garden beds on various bits of paper but this soon became inefficient and unmanageable. I graduated to small dairies where I could write under the dates when I planted and harvested, weather conditions and garden events but I soon found there was insufficient space as I wanted to make comments and reflections. Continue reading