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Welcome to Autumn!

Welcome to Autumn! What a fantastic time to get out in the garden and enjoy the change in seasons. With the recent wet weather, I hope your gardens are going well. Remember, rain is a great ingredient in your compost or worm farm. After all, the ‘M’ in ‘ADAM’ stands of moisture! Next time it rains why not lift the lid off your compost bin or collect some rainwater to add to your worm farm?
 
This year International Composting Awareness Week falls from Monday 5 May until Sunday 11 May. Here in the Hornsby Shire we are holding a Compost and Worm Farming workshop on Friday 9 May for all interested, from beginners to experts. For all details, please visit the website
 
Need help with your compost bin? Can’t remember how to harvest your worm castings? Has your compost bin turned into a smelly sludgy mess? We are always happy to answer compost and worm farm questions and provide troubleshooting support. Just call Council’s Waste Hotline on 9847 4856 and ask for a Waste Education Officer, or email waste@hornsby.nsw.gov.au.

Planting/Sowing

Plant now: silver beet, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, bulb onions, broad beans, coriander, garlic bulbs.


To do in the Garden

  • Maintain soil moisture and remove weeds.
  • Divide perennial herbs.
  • Remove finished plants such as beans and tomato.
  • If you’re growing asparagus, cut the fronds to the ground in late autumn and mulch the bed with compost. 


Recipe

August is time to harvest beetroot! Beetroot is full of folate and fibre, and is great on sandwiches, salads or as a relish. This Beetroot & Potato Salad is a great accompaniment to a BBQ, maybe over your Easter long weekend.
 
Beetroot & Potato Salad
Source: gofor2&5.com.au
10 minutes preparation + 45-60 minutes cooking
19 serves of vegies in this recipe
 
5 medium potatoes, scrubbed, cut into chunks
4 medium beetroot
4 spring onions, sliced
2 sticks celery, sliced
1 Lebanese cucumber, sliced
½ cup plump raisins or sultanas
 
Dressing
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon orange juice
3 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (parsley, mint, coriander and/or basil)
Steam potatoes for 15-20 minutes until tender. Boil unpeeled beetroot for 30-40 minutes until tender. Cool, peel and cut into wedges. Mix all salad ingredients in a serving bowl. Combine dressing ingredients in a screw-top jar and shake well. Toss through salad and serve immediately. Serves 6.
 
Hint
Salad can be prepared beforehand but do not add beetroot and dressing until just before serving as the beetroot will colour the potato and cucumber.
 
Variation
Balsamic vinegar or lemon juice may be substituted for red-wine vinegar.


Pest Control in the Garden

Left-eating Ladybirds are the only Ladybirds that are pests and are marked by 26 or 28 spots (rather than the other species which have 18 spots). They attack water-stressed plants in hot weather. To remove, don some gloves and squash these critters along with their eggs and larvae. 
 

Events / Workshops

We hold FREE face-to-face workshops and events. Remember bookings are essential as spaces are limited. For full details and to book, please visit the website or phone Council’s Waste Hotline on 9847 4856.
 
Eco Garden Kids Activities on Wednesday 16 April, 11am and 1pm.
Eco Garden Gazebo, Eco Garden, Fagan Park, Arcadia Road, Galston.
 
Eco Garden Kids Activities on Wednesday 23 April, 11am and 1pm.
Eco Garden Gazebo, Eco Garden, Fagan Park, Arcadia Road, Galston.
 
Eco Garden Basics workshop on Sunday 4 May, 10am – 12.30pm.
Eco Garden Gazebo, Eco Garden, Fagan Park, Arcadia Road, Galston.
 
Compost and Worm Farming workshops on Friday 9 May, 9.30am – 12.30pm.
Wallarobba Garden, Edgeworth David Ave, Hornsby.
 
Kimbriki Tour and Eco Gardening Talk on Tuesday 13 May, 9am – 2.45pm.
Bus leaving Hornsby Park bus stop, Hornsby.
 
Compost and Worm Farming workshops on Saturday 24 May, 10am – 12.30pm.
Eco Garden Gazebo, Eco Garden, Fagan Park, Arcadia Road, Galston.

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