Welcome to the Compost Revolution newsletter, a seasonal newsletter to help keep us connected.
What does it mean to be part of the revolution?
The Compost Revolution is about building community and supporting neighbourhood garden projects, as well as having some fun and spreading the word about composting and why it matters. Did you know that when it comes to global warming, methane (created by food rotting in landfill) is 21 times more destructive than carbon dioxide produced by aerobic composting.
Vouchers for half price composting equipment
You can collect a voucher for a half price compost bin, turner, worm farm, or worms by completing the online tutorial and quiz or attending one of our workshops. Remember to come and redeem your vouchers as the on-line vouchers are only valid for two months then you will need to re-do the quiz. You can come and redeem your vouchers at the Waste Management Depot 31- Sefton Rd Thornleigh Mon-Fri 9-4pm or at a workshop at the Eco Garden. Please call (02) 9847 4856 to ensure if worms are in stock.
Keep your compost going in winter
In winter, when it’s cold, it’s easy to let your composting drop off. There’s lots of good material around at this time of year to feed into your compost bin, especially all those vegie scraps created when making vegie soups, as well as all the leaves falling from deciduous trees, so don’t let your compost suffer.
Remember to turn your compost at least once a week. This is done to add more oxygen to your compost heap to form ideal conditions for aerobic micro-organisms.
With more oxygen the aerobic activity multiplies, raising the temperature of the compost and speeding up decomposition. You can also help the microbes by adding some animal manure.
If your compost is smelly, you can add some dolomite lime to change the pH. If it’s too wet, let it dry out – leave the lid off or add some shredded paper. Compost should be moist like a damp sponge.
Rainbow silver beet with pine nuts, garlic and Raisins
(from the Woman’s weekly The Cooks Garden cookbook)
1 bunch rainbow silver beet (750g)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium brown onion (150g) chopped finely
2 cloves garlic, crushed
½ cup (85g) raisins
1/3 cup (50g) roasted pine nuts
1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Separate leaves and stems of silver beets; chop coarsely.
- Heat half of the oil in a large pan; cook onion and garlic,
stiring until just tender, add leaves; cook; stirring until wilted.
- Remove pan from heart, stir in raisins and half nuts. Season
to taste. Drizzle with lemon juice and remaining oil; sprinkle
with remaining nuts.
Prep + cook time 20 mins
Planting / Sowing
Plant now: Cabbage, onion,
shallots, endive, broad beans,
snow peas, asparagus, beetroot,
To do in the garden
Pest Control in the Garden:
Cabbage Worms – Garlic Spray
Soak garlic cloves in 1L of water
for several days and thenblend.
Spray on affected plants. This
should deter caterpillars, ants,
pahids and cabbage worms.
(from Choice A-Z of garden hints)