BULK SEEDS

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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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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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