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Spring - what an ideal time to get outdoors. On those perfect not-too-hot and not-too-cold days enjoy pottering around the garden and looking after your compost bin and worm farm.

Children will enjoy getting in the garden too. Why not plant out a pizza garden or pot with your children, grandchildren, nephews or nieces? Planting some of their favourite pizza ingredients with the help of some great finished compost will ensure they get excited about being outside, watching their crops grow and leading a healthy lifestyle. My top pick would be a few fresh herbs, tomatoes, capsicum and eggplant. Yummo!

Planting/ Sowing

Plant now: eggplant, capsicum, chilli, cucumbers, pumpkins, tomatoes, zuchhini, lettuce, salad greens, spinach.


Recipe

Psst! Guess what? It’s time to harvest cabbage. This leafy green is high in vitamin C and fibre and is best stored in an airtight bag in your fridge crisper. 

Cabbage Rolls
Source: gofor2and5.com.au

20 minutes preparation + 1 hour cooking
16 serves of vegies in this recipe

½ cup white rice
8 large cabbage leaves
1 onion, finely chopped
250g lean pork minced
50g packet reduced-salt cream of chicken soup mix
1 egg
¼ cup chives, chopped
3 spring onions, chopped
2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 large capsicum, seeded and finely diced
425g can crushed tomatoes

Cook rice following packet directions and cool. Preheat oven to 180 °C. Blanch cabbage leaves in boiling water for 1–2 minutes until soft, drain onto a clean tea towel and remove coarse stems. Combine remaining ingredients except canned tomatoes. Divide between the cabbage leaves and fold into rolls, ensuring the filling is enclosed. Place seam side down and pack tightly in an oblong baking dish. Spoon over crushed tomatoes and cover tightly with foil. Bake for 1 hour. Serves 4.

Variation - substitute chicken or beef for pork mince. Add 50g grated Parmesan cheese to the rice mixture for added flavour.


To Do in the Garden

  • Make sure your compost and/or worm farm is covered with hessian or another natural fibre (an old towel or tshirt works well!). This will keep the much-needed moisture in your compost as we come into summer.
  • Mulch around plants.
  • Weed strawberries.
  • Place netting over developing soft fruit trees.
  • In late spring, thin seedlings of carrot, parsnip, leek, beetroot and lettuce.


Pest Control in the garden

The liquid from your worm farm deters creepy crawly pests. Just dilute worm liquid until it looks like weak tea, pour into a spray bottle and spray onto leaves for a super-formula to help keep unwanted bugs away.

Events / Workshops

Chipping for mulch - Sunday 20 October 8am - 2.45pm
Council Depot, 5 Beaumont Road, Mt Kuring-gai
Bring along materials for chipping and take home free mulch. For more information about what materials will be accepted call Council's Waste Hotline on 9847 4856.

Compost and Worm Farming workshop - Monday 28 October 9.30am - 11.30am
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 - Wednesday 13 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.

Chipping for mulch - Sunday 17 November 8am - 2.45pm
The Old Dog Pound, next to 8 Warrigal Drive, Westleigh
Bring along materials for chipping and take home free mulch. For more information about what materials will be accepted call Council's Waste Hotline on 9847 4856.

Please note, bookings are essential as spaces are limited. For more information and to book, please phone Council’s Waste Hotline on 9847 4856.

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