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

Integrating animals in your garden

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Next event: 20th March, Wodonga

Have you had a go at integrating animals into your garden? Come along to this session and tell us what you’ve done in your patch to include, exclude or manage animals. We know there are benefits to having animals in the mix, but how can we ensure they don’t destroy the garden? We’ll also discuss tips and tricks for dealing with less-desirable animal visitors, like roaming cats, rodents and black birds. Continue reading

Set your sights on saving seeds this spring

By Lou Bull

Please, we would love more peas …

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Photo by Simon Dallinger

Coming across this photo again was a lovely surprise. Taken just over 7 years ago the faces in of our seed saving committee were a little bit different with a couple of familiar ones as well.

I found it while I was looking for some photos of pea flowers to encourage everyone to save some seeds when their peas take on a little spring fling. 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

Seed Cleaning Session to kick off 2017

Seeds ready for cleaning! Photo: Lou Bull

Seed Savers Albury-Wodonga’s first event for 2017 will be a seed cleaning session, on Saturday 18th February, from 2pm-4pm at the National Environment Centre*, Thurgoona.

  • Do you have seed in a corner ready to clean but haven’t done it yet?
  • Are you unsure what to do with that bunch of seed heads you stuffed in a paper bag somewhere?
  • Want to save seed from those incredible summer vegetables you’re harvesting, but not sure how to go about it?

It’s time to come along to our annual seed cleaning session! Continue reading

Seed bank stocktake

Seed bank stocktake event, 14 June 2016

Seed bank stocktake event, 14 June 2016

Our next gathering is a chance to become intimate with the seed we have in our shared seed bank and methods for storing and sorting. Yes, this evening is all about the seeds!

As many of you know, there are both challenges and delights to finding seeds in our seed bank – it can be a mix of emotions. Come along and help us maintain the collection, grab seeds ahead for next season and learn about storing your own seed. Continue reading

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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