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SUNNY BUT CHILLY MT VIC GARDEN
4th June, 2015

worms and bees are what it’s all about…

Local grower Michael Hurst popped into the Co-op a few weeks to stock up on garden seeds. That week the temperature had plummeted after the rain and the icy Mountains winds had set in, blowing all the pretty autumn leaves away. As he is located up in chilly Mt Vic we wanted to know whether he was planting now or planning for spring. Michael was indeed planting, so we decided to visit his hilltop garden to learn about how he and his partner, Sandra, grow such great herbs, tomatoes and greens in such cold conditions. (more…)

KATOOMBA ORCHARD
10th March, 2015

Paul Herzog has been bringing Katoomba-grown fruit to the Co-op for over a decade, making him one of our original suppliers of local produce. It all began over thirty years ago when Paul bought his bush block, built himself a home, a greenhouse and sheds and began his gardening adventure by planting his first fruit trees.

 

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GARDEN TIPS FROM LOCAL GROWERS
9th March, 2015

In March the garden can still be abundant with the last of the summer crops. All too soon though it’s time to take stock and tidy up spent crops, using the greens in compost or digging them into the garden. With all the rain and bursts of heat it’s also a great time to attack those weeds.

Steve Alton's garden bed

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COLIN’S SUMMER GARDEN
9th February, 2015

A summer garden in Katoomba

After his annual break from producing food for the Co-op, Colin Gliddon returns every spring with his bountiful rhubarb bunches. Colin is one of our main suppliers of local rhubarb, and also brings in parsley, squash, zucchini and corn. We decided to visit his Katoomba garden after its winter hiatus to see what he can produce over the subsequent spring and summer seasons.

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GARDEN TIPS – CHOOKS
8th December, 2014

How some Co-op members started their chook run

For many gardeners, having chooks is a great experience and complements their food garden.

Tania, Nick and Jezmina have only been in the Mountains for a few years and are now getting their roots in deep with a cosy cottage and a glorious productive garden. I visited them to learn all about how they got started with their long-desired chook run and what they did to prepare for their ‘girls’.

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NOVEMBER GARDEN TIPS
5th November, 2014

The time has finally come to put in your frost-tender seedlings.The soil has warmed up and despite the recent snow, the icy weather has hopefully come to an end. Late October to mid-November are considered ideal times to avoid the late frosts, however it’s been a month of extremes and there are never any guarantees with our unpredictable Blue Mountains weather!

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LOCAL EXOTIC FOOD GARDEN
30th September, 2014

 

Betty and Warwick with their figs from last autumn

Betty and Warwick have been bringing their wonderful fruits and vegetables to the Co-op for many years, including citrus, greens, fresh figs, persimmons and curry leaves. Their produce comes from the gardens of their 13 acre property, half of which is native bushland. When Betty and Warwick moved to the property 13 years ago the ‘garden’ around the  house was all lawn and the only established trees were some gums and a collection of palm trees. It’s great to seen how quickly a garden can produce so much food and flowers! Betty took me on a tour of the garden and shared some of her experiences of gardening in the mid to lower mountains. (more…)

EARLY SPRING IN THE GARDEN
5th September, 2014

September and October are the most important months in the garden, according to gardener and author of Your Sustainable Garden, Robin Johnson. This book is available to purchase at the Co-op, and you may remember we visited his garden for a newsletter a few years ago.

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STEVES’S LATE WINTER SURVIVAL TIPS
5th August, 2014

After being inspired by the talk and workshop of a “Tale of two Steve’s” (hosted by Permaculture Blue Mountains and BMFC) I began to think about what goes on in the winter garden? At the talk, Steve Alton whose garden is in Katoomba, shared with us information about the weather and water issues that we get faced with in the mountains. He reminded us that water is essential for the life of a plant and that winter is our driest season. He also showed us a graph of the winds we get living in the mountains, showing that in every month we could get hit with 40km winds. August is the notorious windy month, so what are his tips for the gardens survival?

Steve's Raised Beds

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COMMUNITY DINNER AND TALK – A TALE OF TWO STEVES
13th June, 2014

Come share a meal and join us in conversation with Farm and Community Development Manager Steve Fleischmann from Mamre House and local gardening guru Steve Alton to talk about how we can grow more food in the mountains.

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