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Welcome to summer! Here’s hoping for some great compost this season!

Christmas, New Years, Australia Day and good ol' BBQs in the backyard... We seem to get together with friends and family during summer. While you're celebrating remember to collect your food scraps and send them to your compost bin or worm farm. Summer is a great time to keep diverting your food waste from landfill and create free, natural fertiliser.

We have nearly reached 200 people who have joined the Compost Revolution. Remember to keep sharing your compost experiences with your friends, family and neighbours. With all the socialising many of us do over Christmas and summer, it’s a great time to tell them all about 'the Revolution'!

To do this summer

  • Ensure your compost heap and/or worm farm is covered with a hessian sack or similar – to keep moisture contained during the heat.
  • On very hot days, give your compost and/or worm farm extra water. You can also add moisture putting half drunk glasses of water/drinks in your compost.
  • Keep your worm farm in the shade and your compost bin in the sun.
  • If you love eating melon in summer, worms will love eating your melon skins! So make sure your melon skins go in your worm farm or compost bin.
  • Spread mulch to minimise the growth of new weeds and conserve moisture from rain.
  • Weed and water, and then water some more to give your plants to best possible chance of survival over summer.
 

Recipe 

Simple Tomato Sauce
(from The Woman’s Weekly The Cooks Garden Cookbook)
 
1/3 cup (80ml) olive oil
4 small onions (320g), chopped finely
20 medium tomatoes (4 kg)
8 gloves garlic, crushed
2/3 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  1. Heat oil in large frypan, add onions, cook covered over low heat, 20 minutes, stirring occasionally
  2. Meanwhile peel, seed and chop tomatoes.
  3. Add garlic to pan, cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.  Add tomatoes; bring to boil. Reduce heat, simmer, uncovered, about 1 ½ hours or until mixture has the consistency of a pasta sauce.  Stir in basil, cook, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes then season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour sauce into freezer containers leaving 1-2 cm above sauce for expansion. Cover, cool in refrigerator, then freezer for up to 6 months or store in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.
Prep + cook time 2 hours 30 minutes
Makes about 7 cups


Planting seedlings

Beans, corn, tomatoes, beetroot, broccoli, rocket, cabbage, carrot, rockmelon, zucchini are all great to plant towards the end of summer while the soil is still warm.

Shade cloth may help prevent your new seedlings from over heating in the summer sun.

If you’ve got some great finished compost or worm castings ready to go, don’t forget to use it while you’re planting! Your seedlings will love all the nutrients.


Compost with Your Community

If you've an idea on composting in your community, email it to waste@hornsby.nsw.gov.au. We may be able to support with advice and resources.

Events / Workshops

For all details on upcoming events, please see hornsby.nsw.gov.au/whats-on/all-events

Sunday 13 Jan 2013
Chipping for Mulch Day
5 Beaumont Road,
Mt Kuring-gai
8am - 2.45pm
For all terms and conditions please call Council's Waste Hotline on 9847 4856.

Sunday 17 Feb 2013
Chipping for Mulch Day
The Old Dog Pound, next to 8 Warrigal Drive, Westleigh
8am – 2.45pm
For all terms and conditions please call Council's Waste Hotline on 9847 4856.

Sunday 24 Feb 2013
Compost and Worm Farming Workshop
Eco Garden Gazebo, Eco Garden, Fagan Park
10am – 12.30pm
Booking essential, phone the Waste Hotline on 9847 4856.

In 2013, we will again run a range of workshops - Eco Gardening Basics, Composting and Worm Farming, Propagation, Pest Management and Chooks.

Pest Control in the garden

Plants with viral disease will respond well to a spray made of 500gm of milk powder to 4 L of water (From Choice A-Z of gardening hints).
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