NewsletterMarch 2012
Warners Bay Community Garden
Dear Members and Friends,

We hope you're enjoying our regular newsletters and look forward to seeing you soon!
WBHS WB High School JobQuest Programme  

 

The Community Garden has been invited to participate in a Warners Bay High School and JobQuest Programme commencing on Tuesday 28th February.

 

The programme will run each Tuesday afternoon for 16 weeks and involves students from years 9, 10 and 11.

 

WBCG members will be on hand to encourage the students as they learn to build and tend a garden.

 

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Trish - 49471821

Quality Cow Manure Available 

Quality Cow PooWe have sourced a good supply of of quality cow manure. It is washed, screened, milled and bagged with nothing added (no fillers).

Available at our next market stall (11th Mar) or self-pickup from Eleebana.
Please phone Wendy on 0438 461 949
Non-Members: $5 a bag
WBCG Members: $4 a bag or 3 bags for $10 
 

AGM
Thank you to all participants of last month's Annual General Meeting and congratulations to the incoming office bearers and committee members.

Office Bearers 

  • Convenor: Collis Learney
  • Deputy Convenor: Ben Henley
  • Treasurer: John Jarvie
  • Secretary: Steve Taylor
Committee Members
  • Trish Jarvie
  • Julie Butel
  • Ian Potter

 

Fancy a Cuppa?  

 

Some interesting information has been published over the years regarding the effectiveness (or possible lack thereof) of compost teas. Compost tea is "brewed" by placing plant and/or animal wastes into a permeable bag and hold in a bucket of water until the water turns dark. The resulting liquid can apparently boost garden output and aid disease resistance.

 

Unfortunately there is very little official scientific evidence to draw upon and support these theories. While a number of universities have investigated the effects of aerated teas on disease control, few studies have been published. Some studies by Linda Chalker-Scott of Washington State University can be found here.

 

In the March/April 2012 edition of Organic Gardener magazine, there is a  detailed article that discusses this topic. The advice given is somewhat ambiguous but nonetheless, informative. The bottom line is, unless you're a seasoned veteran of compost home brewing, save yourself the hassle and just dig the compost directly into your soil rather than gambling with hit and miss potions.   

Planting Vegetables and Herbs in March

So we missed out on a proper summer this year - bring on the Autumn veg!  

Recommendations: Beetroot, Beans, Broadbeans, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chili, Chives, Corn, Dill, Dwarf Beans, Leeks, Lettuce, Parsley, Radish, Rocket, Shallots, Silverbeet / chard. 

 

For more planting advice see  

Next Public Meeting
NOTE: There will be no public meeting of WBCG in March.
The next scheduled meeting will be on Sunday 1st April at 2pm at the Lions Club hall Warners Bay. All welcome.
Membership

There have been a few inquiries about renewal of membership fees. Until we get the garden running at Bunya Park, renewal of membership fees will not be required. New members can apply on our website here.
If you'd like any more information on the activities of the Warners Bay Community Garden please call or email Trish.
Click here for contact details.  
 
Sincerely,
Warners Bay Community Garden Inc.
In This Issue
WBHS Programme
Manure Available
AGM Update
Compost Tea
Planting Guides
Next Meeting
Membership
Coming Events
Clean Up Australia Day
Sun 4th Mar
Click here to check the website for your nearest site or phone 1800282329
 
Lions Club Market Stall

Sun 11th Mar, 8am-1pm
John Street Warners Bay

Public Meeting
Sun 1st Apr, 2pm-4pm
Lions Club Hall
Queen Street
Warners Bay

LMCC Workshops
Lake Macquarie City Council is hosting a number of free workshops in the coming months. Bookings are essential so please call 4921 0333.

Energy Smart Living
Sat 3 March, 9am-11am
Cameron Park Community Centre

Love Food Hate Waste
Sat 24 March, 2pm-4pm
Swansea Centre

Make Your Own Backyard Habitat
Sat 28 April
9.30am- 11.30am
Landcare Resource Centre

Love Food Hate Waste
Sat 28 April, 2pm-4pm
Swansea Centre

Composting Workshop
Tue 8 May, 10am-11am
Landcare Resource Centre

Composting Workshop
Wed 9 May, 10am-11am
Landcare Resource Centre

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