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Welcome to winter! We certainly had our fair share of cold and rain in June, apparently it was the wettest June in six years! For those of you who aren’t too keen on the cold weather, there’s some good news. The winter solstice has come and gone. Which means 21 June was the shortest day in the southern hemisphere and days thereafter will actually start to get longer. On those sunny winter days it’s a perfect time to get out into the garden and warm up a little.


Compost guru Costa visits the Eco Garden, Fagan Park!



Costa Georgiadis the compost guru often seen on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia visited the Eco Garden at Fagan Park on Sunday 26 May to talk all things compost. Costa pumped enthusiasm into the 70 odd ‘Compost Revolutioners’ gathered to hear him speak. Describing benefits of home composting and recycling our green waste and our food waste at home, he also reminded us the importance of the ADAM principle (Air, Diversity, Aliveness and Moisture – four essential components of any successful compost bin and worm farm). A wonderful way to spend a sunny autumn morning!

When addressing the concept of why to compost Costa asked the group ‘How am I going to change the world with something like this?’, for which his reply came ‘We are not asking you to change the world… just change your world. Your bin can change your world, which can ultimately change the entire world!’. After Costa’s energising talk ‘Compost Revolutioners’ had the chance to meet and greet Costa, check out live composting and worm farming in the garden and enjoy some morning tea in the sunshine.

If you’d like more information on composting or worm farming, remember you can always email waste@hornsby.nsw.gov.au or phone Council’s Waste Hotline on 9847 4856.
 

Planting/ Sowing

Remember, good soil is essential to a good harvest. Compost helps build nutrients in the soil and in your crop and helps build the water holding capacity for your soil…so keep composting!

Winter is also a great time to plant a Green Manure Crop and add nitrogen back into the soil to keep it healthy.

Plant now: Carrots, broccoli, leek, beetroot, spinach, cauliflower, lettuce, peas, sliver beet, garlic.

 

Recipe

Root Vegetable soup recipe
Recipe provided by Health Promotion, NSLHD
Serves 6

Ingredients:
2 parsnips – cut into ½ inch pieces
2 carrots – cut into ½ inch pieces
1 stick of celery – peeled and sliced
1 turnip – peeled and cut into ½ inch pieces
1 sweet potato – cut into ½ inch pieces
½ butternut pumpkin – peeled and cut into ½ inch pieces
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
3 cups of Vegetable Stock
Optional: reduced fat natural yogurt.

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 220oC
  2. Combine parsnips, carrots, celery, turnip, sweet potato and pumpkin in a large roasting tin. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss vegetables in the pan to make sure they’re evenly coated.
  3. Roast vegetables in the oven for 30-45 minutes, until vegetables are softened and easily pierced with a fork. Toss vegetables in the roasting pan every 15 minutes to evenly roast and re-coat with oil.
  4. In a large pot, heat a little olive oil. Add diced onion and cook for about 5 minutes, until onion has softened. Stir to ensure onion doesn’t burn.
  5. Add vegetable stock to the pan with the onion. Bring to the boil then reduce heat to simmer.
  6. Add the roasted vegetable and continue to simmer for 10 minutes.
  7. Puree soup in a blender and serve. Optional: When blending the soup, you can add some reduced fat natural yogurt for a creamier consistency.


Root Vegetables – why they are good for us

  • Carrots, turnips, pumpkins, etc are a great part of a healthy diet.
  • Readily absorb essential minerals from the soil.
  • High in fibre, so keep you feeling fuller for longer and provide a steady source of energy.
  • Orange/yellow root vegetables are a significant source of Beta carotene, which when converted to Vitamin A in the body is good for the skin and eyes.


To Do in the Garden

  • Plant Green Manure Crops 
  • Prune fruit trees and woody plants 
  • Clean up any fallen fruit 
  • Plant dormant fruit trees 
  • Plant native plants 
  • Keep composting and worm farming
Events / Workshops

Saturday 20th July - Propagation
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.

Wednesday 7 August - Kimbriki tour and Eco Gardening talk
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.

Sunday 18th August - Eco Garden Basics
If you want to make your garden more environmentally friendly, this introductory session on Eco Gardening is for you! Topics covered include non dig gardening, companion planting, permaculture, native plants, crop rotation and more.

Sunday 15th September - Bushland Shire Festival
Celebrate Spring by coming along to the annual Bushland Shire Festival! The Eco Garden will be open with staff from the Waste Education team to chat about composting and gardening! Please note, bookings are essential as spaces are limited. For more information and to book, please phone Council’s Waste Hotline on 9847 4856.

Pest Control in the garden

Keep checking and removing the white cabbage butterfly eggs and caterpillars from your cabbages, cauliflowers and broccoli to ensure you will be rewarded with a healthy head in the months to come.

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