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Want Composting Tips? Free Workshops? Latest Compost News and Events? Just read on...

Spring Greetings

Want Composting Tips? Free Workshops? Latest Compost News and Events? Just read on...

You are receiving this email as you signed up for the Compost Revolution and probably earned yourself a half price Compost Bin or Wormfarm. I hope it's going great for you.

Harvesting Compost

Your compost is ready when it looks like rich dark soil and smells earthy.
  1. To harvest the whole lot, pull the compost bin up and off the compost pile (if you've rat proofed with wire then untie it from the bin first)
  2. Re set-up the bin nearby
  3. Shovel any unfinished layers back into the compost bin (now's a good chance to fix any problems if needed, such as adding nitrogen, carbon or water. See the composting tutorial for more info).
  4. Spread the remaining pile of finished compost around plants and build up garden beds.
  5. Always mulch over the top to keep your compost and soil alive.  Leave a 5-15cm gap around stems and trunks to avoid 'collar rot'.
If you're doing any other spring gardening, remember to stock pile garden scraps near your compost, so you can add equal portions each time you add kitchen scraps.


Breeding Up Worms...

Worms eat their weight in food each day. So the more worms you have, the more your worms will eat. Spring and autumn provide optimal breeding temperatures. 
  • Fluff up their bedding and give them some space. Mix in some shredded newspaper (soaked), coconut fibre or compost. Worms breed better with more than their own poo and food to bed in. (If your wormfarm is full, you can harvest some castings to make room. See the wormfarm tutorial for more info.)
  • Give them some extra food. Slowly increase the amount of food you give them each week. You need to make sure everything is eaten before adding more food, as uneaten food will go mouldy.
  • Give them a treat. Worms breed faster with their favourite foods and smaller pieces. Put a bit more thought into giving them food they love, and help them get in the mood to breed.


Planting / Sowing

Summer vegetables are mostly sown in spring.

Plant now: capsicum, eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini, basil, beans, pumpkins, sunflowers, watermelons.

Plant your seedlings using the compost you have been making all winter.  Compost and mulch adds valuable nutrients, encourages the necessary microbe and helps aerate the soil.  Adding compost will also assist the soil to absorb and retain water.


Recipe

Basil PestoBasil Pesto
(From the Woman’s Weekly "The Cooks Garden Cook book")
2 cups firmly packed fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic, quartered
1/3 cup (50g) roasted pine nuts
½ cup (40g) coarsely grated parmesan cheese
¾ cup (180ml) olive oil
  1. Blend or process basil, garlic, nuts and cheese until chopped finely. With motor operating, gradually add oil in a thin steady stream; processing until smooth.
Prep time 10 mins.  Makes 1 cup
 
Note. Pesto will keep, refrigerated, for up to one week; spoon into a screw-top jar and cover with a thin layer of olive oil.  If you to keep it longer, freeze in the same container.  Pesto will never freeze solid because of its high oil content, so you can easily remove a little at a time.



Spread the Compost Love

We have almost reached our 100th member of the compost revolution in Hornsby, help the revolution spread; send your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to Compost Revolution to do the tutorial, to get a half priced compost bin or wormfarm.



Compost with Your Community

If you've an idea on composting in your community let us know and we can support with advice and resources.
Events / Workshops
Tues 9 October:
Kimbriki
Kimbriki, Ingleside 9am-2.30pm
Bookings on Waste Hotline
9847 4856

Sat 13 October:
Eco Gardening basics workshop
Eco Garden 10-12.30pm
Bookings on Waste Hotline
9847 4856

Sun 14 October: 
Reusing textiles creatively Wallarobba 10-2pm
Bookings on Waste Hotline
9847 4856

Fri 26 October:
Balcony Talk
Library 10am-12noon

Tues 6 November:
Compost Workshop
Wallarobba 9.30-11.30am
Bookings on Waste Hotline
9847 4856

Mon 12 November:
SITA Tour
Chullora 9am-1pm
Bookings on Waste Hotline
9847 4856

Sat 17 November:
Propagation
Eco Garden 10-12pm
Bookings on Waste Hotline
9847 4856

Pest Control in the garden

Aphids – Chop 1 large onion and blend with 1 l of water to deter red spider mites and aphids. (from Choice A-Z of gardening Hints)

Congratulations??

We would like to be able to thank you for all the food waste you are diverting from landfill. Please send back your tally sheets so we can congratulate you on the great job you are doing to help reduce the carbon emitted when food scraps are sent to landfill.

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