Copy
Did you know The Compost Revolution is spreading?

Welcome to summer! 

Did you know The Compost Revolution is spreading? The number of households involved in The Compost Revolution has more than doubled this year and there are now over 2,200 households involved! We can be proud that we have collectively kept over 95 tonnes of waste from landfill and avoided over 151 tonnes of CO2e emissions this year alone. So well done, you are part of something great!

Over summer remember to pay special attention to your worm farm and compost bin – we don’t want your friendly compost critters to wither in the heat. The Tip of the Season will show you how to give them some extra special attention over our warmer months.

Your children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren are sure to love some time in the garden this season. A number of the To do in the Garden tips are well suited to our little ones and are fun jobs to do during school holidays.

Planting/Sowing 

The warm weather is finally here! Early summer mornings and balmy summer evenings are wonderful times to be out in your garden. What could be better?
 
Plant now: Brussel sprouts, annual herbs, celery, leek, carrot, parsnip, swedes, turnips, beetroot.
 


To do in the Garden 

  • Tie tomatoes to stakes and give them a good feed of worm liquid or compost tea once a week.
  • Ensure compost bins and worm farms are covered with wet hessian or another natural fibre (like an old towel or t-shirt) to keep the whole system moist.
  • Continue to water all vegetables and provide shade for leafy vegetables and young seedlings.
  • Cover bare soil with mulch (e.g. lucerne) to keep moisture and nutrients in the soil.
  • Remove vegetables that have gone to seed and/or withered, such as broccoli, spinach and peas.


Recipe

This delicious salad is a great accompaniment to your summer BBQ. It’s a wonderful way to use your celery and parsley from your garden too. From Gofor2and5.com.au
 
Crunchy Waldorf Salad
2 red apples, cored and chopped
2 green apples, cored and chopped
1 cup celery, sliced
1 cup orange segments
¼ cup walnuts, chopped
 
Dressing
½ cup low-fat natural yoghurt
2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
Juice of ½ orange
 
Combine salad ingredients in a bowl. Mix dressing ingredients in a separate bowl and pour over the salad. Mix thoroughly and serve. Serves 4.
 


Did you know?

‘Worm Castings’ are the solid fertilizer from your worm farm. Worm castings are essentially worm poo and have a high level of microbial activity, which will increase the microbial activity in your soil. This helps plants strengthen their immune systems, battle disease and deter pests. 
Events / Workshops

We hold FREE events and face-to-face workshops. Remember bookings are essential as spaces are limited for workshops. To book, call Council’s Waste Hotline on 9847 4856.
 
Sunday 18 January 2015 – Chipping for Mulch
5 Beaumont Road, Mt Kuring-gai, 8am – 2.45pm
Bring along materials for chipping and take home free mulch. For more information about what materials will be accepted call Council's Waste Hotline on 9847 4856.
 
Sunday 15 February 2015 – Chipping for Mulch
The Old Dog Pound, next to 8 Warrigal Dr, Westleigh, 8am – 2.45pm
Bring along materials for chipping and take home free mulch. For more information about what materials will be accepted call Council's Waste Hotline on 9847 4856.
 
Thursday 22 January 2015 - Shellie the mermaid and Sailor Sammy
Hornsby Library, 10:30am to 11:15am
Interactive theatrical story telling eco adventure with Shellie the Mermaid and Sammy the Sailor. Join them as they navigate the waters of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and other mysterious location! This is a 45min show for primary school aged kids that explores the concept of waterway plastic pollution in a fun and engaging way.
 
Thursday 22 January 2015 - The King and Queen of Green
Hornsby Library, 1:30pm to 2:15pm
Interactive theatrical story telling eco adventure with puppets, songs and the King and Queen of Green! A lively tale of chickens, composting and worm farms as they endeavour to find the good soil! This is a 45min show for primary school aged kids that explores waste abroad and the Hornsby Shire Council area. 
 
For all details on the above workshops and events, please visit or phone Council’s Waste Hotline on 9847 4856.

Copyright © 2014 Hornsby Shire Council, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Hornsby Shire Council
PO Box 37
Hornsby, New South Wales 1630
Australia

Add us to your address book