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Spring is in the air! What a great time to potter around in the garden

Well the weather is certainly starting to warm up, especially during the day. Spring is in the air! What a great time to potter around in the garden. As the sun shines and the birds sing in our glorious Shire, let’s make the most of being outdoors. There are a number of outdoor activities happening, some of which are listed below and lots more on hornsby.nsw.gov.au/whatson

As we get closer and closer to summer, remember your compost and worm farms! Ensure they are covered with moist hessian (or some other natural, breathable material) and the whole system is moist but not dripping wet. It’s also a great time to ‘flush’ out your worm farm as they can tend to get clogged up with silt. Just open the lid, poor a bucket of water of it, and make sure the tap is open. Collect all the beautiful liquid that comes out, dilute to the colour of weak tea, and spread around your garden. 

Have a question? Council’s Waste Education team are always happy to assist with you compost and worm farming queries. We are available on 9847 4856 or waste@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

Planting/Sowing

Plant now: Lettuces, peas, potatoes, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, tomatoes… the list goes on!


To do in the Garden

  • Mulch around plants
  • Weed around strawberries
  • Place netting over developing soft fruit trees
  • In late spring, thin seedlings of carrot, parsnip, leek, beetroot and lettuce


Recipe

Carrots are a good source of vitamin A and zucchinis are a source of vitamin C. This cake is a good healthy snack for school lunches and can also be frozen.

Carrot, Zucchini and Date Cake
20 minutes plus 4 hours to stand, preparation + 1 1– ¼ hours cooking
7 serves of vegies in this recipe

2 cups dates, pitted and chopped
½ cup bran cereal (e.g. Allbran ®)
½ cup untoasted muesli
1 ½ cups low-fat milk
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup low-fat natural yoghurt
1 egg, beaten
1 cup zucchini, grated
1 cup carrot, grated
2 cups self-raising flour
1 cup wholemeal self-raising flour

Combine dates, bran cereal, muesli, milk, sugar and cinnamon and allow to stand for 4 hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 180 °C. Line a 23cm square cake tin. Add yoghurt, egg, zucchini and carrot to the date mixture and mix well. Add flour and combine. Pour mixture into tin and bake for 1-1 ¼ hours until firm and browned. Cool on a wire rack. 

Serves 12.


Did you know?

Composting and worm farming is the best way to deal with your 'unavoidable' food waste (the parts we can’t really eat such as vegetable peelings, apple cores and egg shells). We should all also focus on 'avoidable' food waste (those that end up in our rubbish bin but are actually edible when they come into our home). These might be peas the kids don’t eat, yogurt that is ‘forgotten’ and passes it’s used by date, bread that goes stale or cheese that goes mouldy because it’s not stored properly. Check out lovefoodhatewaste.nsw.gov.au and foodloversrepublic.com.au for more information.
Events / Workshops

We hold FREE face-to-face workshops and events. Remember bookings are essential as spaces are limited. To book, call Council’s Waste Hotline on 9847 4856.

Kimbriki tour and Eco Gardening talk - Wednesday 8 October Bus departs Hornsby 9am
Come along to the Kimbriki Waste and Recycling Depot to tour the facilities and see what happens to your garden waste after you place it in your bin.

Compost and Worm Farming workshop – Sunday 12 October 9.30am - 12.30am
Eco Garden gazebo, Eco Garden, Fagan Park.
Composting is a fun and easy way to recycle your garden and kitchen waste and reduce your rubbish by a third. Come to a fun and free composting and worm farming information session to get the dirt on how to create one for your home. Composting can improve the environment, help your garden thrive and save you money.

Propagation workshop – Sunday 26 October 10.00am – 12.30pm
Eco Garden gazebo, Eco Garden, Fagan Park.
Want to save money by growing your own vegetables from seed? Learn how easy it is at this fun workshop on propagation. Basic skills on how to grow from cuttings will also be covered.

Eco Garden Basics workshop – Saturday 1 November 10.00am – 12.30pm
Eco Garden gazebo, Eco Garden, Fagan Park.
If you want to make your garden more environmentally friendly, this introductory session on Eco Gardening is for you! Topics covered include no dig gardening, companion planting, permaculture, native plants, crop rotation and more.

Compost and Worm Farming workshop – Friday 7 November  9.30am - 12.30am
Wallarobba Garden, Edgeworth David Ave, Hornsby
Composting is a fun and easy way to recycle your garden and kitchen waste and reduce your rubbish by a third. Come to a fun and free composting and worm farming information session to get the dirt on how to create one for your home. Composting can improve the environment, help your garden thrive and save you money. 

Recycling tour – Tuesday 11 November 
Bus departs Hornsby 9am
At some point we have all questioned what should go in which bin. Get the answers first-hand and take a free recycling tour. You'll learn about the recycling sorting process and what should and should not be placed in the bin.

For all details on the above workshops and events, please visit or phone Council’s Waste Hotline on 9847 4856.

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