Welcome to your new year! We hope it’s an exceptionally good year for you, with a bountiful harvest.

Welcome to your new year! We hope it’s an exceptionally good year for you, with a bountiful harvest.

When we experience high temperatures remember to pay special attention to your worm farm and compost bin – we don’t want your friendly compost critters to wither in the heat. The Tip of the Season will show you how to give them some TLC throughout summer.

Your children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren are sure to love some time in the garden this season. A number of the To do in the Garden tips are well suited to our little ones and are fun jobs to do during school holidays.

Enjoy your summer!


The warm weather is finally here! Early summer mornings and balmy summer evenings are wonderful times to be out in your garden. What could be better?

Plant now: Brussel sprouts, annual herbs, celery, leek, carrot, parsnip, swedes, turnips, beetroot.

To do in the Garden

  • Tie tomatoes to stakes and give them a good feed of worm liquid or compost tea once a week.
  • Continue to water all vegetables and provide shade for leafy vegetables and young seedlings.
  • Remove vegetables that have gone to seed and/or withered, such as broccoli, spinach and peas.
  • Cover bare soil with mulch (e.g. lucerne) to keep moisture and nutrients in the soil.
  • Ensure compost bins and worm farms are covered with wet hessian or another natural fibre (like an old towel or t-shirt) to keep the whole system moist.


This light lunch is a simple and delicious way to enjoy your tomato harvest. Tomatoes are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A and niacin.

Tomato & Garlic Bruschetta
7 minutes preparation + 10 minutes cooking
5 serves of vegies in this recipe.
4 slices crusty bread, cut into 2-3 cm thick slices
2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
2 teaspoons olive oil, warmed
2 medium ripe tomatoes, sliced
1 tablespoon red or white onion, finely diced
A few fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces

Lightly toast bread on both sides under grill or in a hot oven at 200°C for 10 minutes each side. Rub both sides of bread with garlic and brush with oil. In a small bowl mix onion and basil. Place slices of tomato on each piece of toast and top with onion and basil mixture. Serves 2.

Did you know?

Worm castings are essentially worm poo and have a high level of microbial activity, which will be beneficial for your garden. This helps plants strengthen their immune systems, battle disease and deter pests.

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.
Sunday 23 February – Compost and Worm Farming workshop.
Eco Garden gazebo, Eco Garden, Fagan Park, Arcadia Road, Galston.
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.
Thursday 27 February – Kimbriki tour and Eco Gardening talk
Bus Leaves Hornsby Park bus stop, Hornsby at 9.15am
On the tour of the Kimbriki site you will see hoe your green waste is transformed into a usable garden product. We will then stop at the Eco Garden and hear a short talk on eco gardening.
For all details on the above workshops and events, please visit or phone Council’s Waste Hotline on 9847 4856.
Also see Council’s Summer Holiday activities website for more activity ideas.

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