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
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
By Lou Bull
Please, we would love more peas …
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
By Jane Barlow
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
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 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
Notes from our gathering on March 30th
by Wendy Smith
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.
Seed Savers Albury-Wodonga is proud to host a special workshop with ‘Pete the Permie’ during Albury Wodonga Sustainable Living Week.
Growing fabulous backyard fruit – workshop flyer
GROWING FABULOUS BACKYARD FRUIT
Advance your fruit tree management skills
The workshop will cover:
- root stock choice;
- pruning options; and
- natural pest management.
Sunday 8th November 2015, 10am – 4pm
Cost: $95 (covers workshop, morning and afternoon tea plus workshop notes NB Participants to BYO lunch.) Continue reading
By Karen Retra
Height of summer and no heat stress in this wicking bed; nor does the gardener feel pressured to water daily.
Wicking beds are frequently discussed at our Seed Savers gatherings, with quite a number of members having created this type of bed (or pot or other vessel) in their garden.
For those not so familiar with the concept here’s a quick overview and some resources for further reading.
Please proceed with caution – wicking beds are proving quite addictive! Continue reading