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

  1. Separate leaves and stems of silver beets; chop coarsely.
  2. Heat half of the oil in a large pan; cook onion and garlic, stiring until just tender, add leaves; cook; stirring until wilted.
  3. 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
serves 6

Planting / Sowing

Plant now: Cabbage, onion, shallots, endive, broad beans, snow peas, asparagus, beetroot, spinach.

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)

Events / Workshops

Sat 23 - Sun 24:
Chemical Clean Out
Beaumont Road 9.00 - 3.30pm

Fri 29 June:
Recycling Talk
Hornsby Library 10.00 - 12.00pm
Bookings on Waste Hotline
9847 4856

Wed 4 July:
Compost Workshop
Wallarobba 9.30 - 11.30am
Bookings on Waste Hotline
9847 4856

Tues 10 July:
Kids eco garden fun
Eco Garden 11.00 - 1.00pm

Wed 25 July:
Kimbriki Tour
Kimbriki 9.00 - 2.00pm
Bookings on Waste Hotline
9847 4856

Tues 21 Aug:
Sita Tour Chullora MRF
Chullora MRF 9.00 - 12.30pm
Bookings on Waste Hotline
9847 4856

Sun 26 Aug:
Compost and Worm Farming
Eco garden 10.00 - 12.30pm
Bookings on Waste Hotline
9847 4856

Tip of the Season

Grow mint near cabbages to enhance the growth of both