AUTUMN SEEDLINGS AT THE CO-OP

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AUTUMN SEEDLINGS AT THE CO-OP
11th April, 2017

Get your winter veggie garden kick-started with some lovely locally grown seedlings on sale at the Co-op ready to plant now.

Robin Johnson – Saturday 15th April 9.00 am – 12.00 pm

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GROW YOUR OWN APRIL
15th March, 2017

STEVE’S SEASONAL GROWING TIPS MARCH 2017
15th March, 2017

One of the central concepts in organic growing is feed the soil, not the plant. The idea is that if you work on building soils through organic processes (as opposed to synthetic ones), you provide plants with the conditions they require for healthy growth. Healthy soils lead to vigorous plants, which are less susceptible to pest and disease attacks. So, it’s always compost season.

Which leads me to one of the most asked questions I receive: “How do you make compost? Mine is all smelly and I can never use it.”

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WHERE DOES YOUR GREEN WASTE GO?
15th March, 2017

Council green bin and green waste truck dumping its load

Did you know that our green waste is trucked out west of the mountains to be processed?

We asked Blue Mountains City Council (BMCC) to explain the process and rationale for our green waste processing, and Co-op member and internationally renowned permaculture guru Rowe Morrow to share her thoughts about the approach and its long term impact.

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HOW TO ERADICATE MONTBRETIA CORMS
15th March, 2017

Montbretia growing in the bush plus close up of rhizome and corms

Montbretia (Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora) is a horticultural hybrid plant that has escaped into bushland areas and become a hard-to-eradicate weed, out-competing native plants. In the Blue Mountains it is classed as a noxious weed.

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HOW TO COMPOST WEEDS BY LYNDAL SULLIVAN
15th March, 2017

None of your weeds need to go to landfill or be removed from your garden for processing. They can all be composted, including seeds and tubers (except Montbretia corms*). This hot composting method will compost down your weeds in about 3 months.

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GROW YOUR OWN MARCH
13th February, 2017

Grow Your Own - Autumn Kitchen Garden Fri 3 March 2017 9am-12pm at Katoomba Community Gardens

STEVE’S SEASONAL GROWING TIPS
13th February, 2017

Growing in the mountains in autumn is enjoyable because the temperatures can be a bit more even, with less of the extremes you get in summer and winter and, with some of the heat we have been getting lately, not as dangerous for plants.

A lot of the edibles that can be planted in late summer and early autumn can see you through autumn and well into winter. From late summer I am planting lettuces, broccoli, radishes, beetroot, Asian vegetables, lots of coriander and my favourite winter green: mache or corn salad.

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with Robin Johnson

ROBIN'S SEEDLINGS

‘With the wet and humid weather we have experienced in the upper mountains this summer, my newly germinated seedlings have been very susceptible to “Damping off”. I have lost about 5 trays of seedlings over the last 3 or 4 weeks.  Seedling “Damping Off” is when the root of the newly germinated seedling collapses. The trick is, at this stage of the young plant’s life, to provide a steady clean flow of air.’

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WHAT TO PLANT NOW
29th October, 2015

What to Plant and Spring Activities at the Community Gardens, North Katoomba –

It’s a super busy time in the garden. Getting seeds in the ground is the most important thing, otherwise before you know it the season is half gone and it’s too late to try that larger tomato or get long beans off to a good start. Here’s what we’re planting and the jobs we’re getting on with in Katoomba’s community garden in October. Come along and learn how to get growing by doing, or use our calendar as a guide for what to plant in Upper Mountains gardens.

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