WHERE DOES YOUR GREEN WASTE GO?

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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.

Community Gardens

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BOOK REVIEW – COMMON THREADS: WEAVING THROUGH COLLABORATIVE ECO-ART
25th October, 2015

 

Common threads : weaving community through collaborative eco-art

 

This book is full of ideas for art and community projects using unwanted natural materials, especially invasive species and green waste. It is written by Canadian artist Sharon Kallis and is based on Canadian plants and seasons, but because a number of invasive species are also familiar to us in Australia, the ideas are relevant to Australian conditions as well.

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BULK SEEDS
1st August, 2015

Rob Lawrence is a Co-op member and a volunteer at the Blue Mountains Organic Community Gardens. He is interested in getting the most out of the food we eat and here he writes for us about  using our bulk seeds for planting purposes.

Coriander seeds - a great option for planting

We all love food! It brings us together. Our emotions and memories, our whole lives, are punctuated by the food we eat. What brings us all together at the Food Co-op is our passion for ethical, healthy food, but our bodies need so much more than food. They need the nourishment that can only come from growing our own food.

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ROBIN’S WONDERFUL WORLD OF COMPOST
31st July, 2015

Meet local grower Robin Johnson. Before moving to the mountains, Robin was the head gardener of Parliament House in Canberra. Now he’s head gardener of one of the most inspiring and productive suburban gardens in the mountains.

 

Robin and his wife Marilyn chose their house for its excellent north-facing aspect and sunny back yard. In the six years they have been there they have transformed a fairly typical dry mountain block into an oasis, based on Robin’s dedication to compost, hard work and a clever watering system. The garden is divided up into numerous raised beds that are packed with veggies, herbs and flowers. There are also three polytunnels which give added protection to plants during the cold Blackheath winters.

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