STEVE’S SEASONAL GROWING TIPS MARCH 2017

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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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A GULLY STORY – SATURDAY 18 MARCH 2017
15th March, 2017

Local Gundungurra man David King will be at the Co-op’s new space this Saturday 18 March, sharing stories about his family and The Gully (Garguree) – a designated Aboriginal place in Katoomba, and a special place in our community.

Come hear the stories of Aunty Mary’s removal and reconnection from her son David. Have a laugh, shed a tear and see the Aboriginal connection to Country.  This Saturday from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm, Shop 3 Ha’penny Lane Katoomba (just across the lane from the main shop).

 

MINDFUL EATING FOR HEALTH
13th February, 2017

Title: Eating Mindfully for Health - how to find balance in all the busyness. Images: abundant luscious fruit and vegetables

Do find yourself rushing to fit in meals around other commitments, or using meals as a chance to catch up on work or social media, barely noticing or enjoying what you put in your mouth? At the pace most of us now live, eating often becomes just another task to tick off. However, our focus on expediency may have a greater impact on our health and wellbeing than we realise. (more…)

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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LITTLE SHOP STOCK NEWS FEBRUARY 2017
13th February, 2017

New in stock the little shop –

Activated charcoal toothpaste, shampoo and soap

Charcoal products

The Amazing Activated Charcoal Soap now in 100 g blocks – unscented and vegan with an organic coconut base.

My Magic Mud – activated charcoal, coconut oil and bentonite clay toothpaste in mint or cinnamon clove.

Coming soon…

Voodoo bamboo and charcoal solid shampoo – suitable for dry or oily hair and every type in between! The charcoal enriches the natural colour and vibrancy of all hair types.

Back to school and work lunchboxes, water bottles and sandwich wraps.

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EGGS: LLANDILO FARM AND BEYOND
5th September, 2016

What is it like at Llandilo Egg Farm?

Rebecca Tyson visited the farm in 2016 wrote up her observations in this report.

Some hens dust bathing in the open paddock.

Chickens dust bathing in the open paddock

Within the ‘direct from the farm shop’, where the public can buy Llandilo’s barn-laid eggs (free-range eggs are not available at the shop), there is a viewing window into one of the barns.

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