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Welcome to winter - a great time to keep composting and worm farming!
Brrrr! Winter is well and truly here! Wonderful sunny days means it’s a great time to get outside, move around and warm up.

As you make warming soups, stews and curries this winter, remember to collect and compost your food scraps. Save the ‘rubbish’ from landfill and reap the benefits in your garden or pots.

If you have a compost bin, remember to keep giving it a good stir and ensure there's enough air in the system to create wonderful, rich compost from all your food scraps. ‘Tuck it in’ by laying a wet hessian sack or old towel over the compost to keep the moisture in.

If you have a worm farm, it might be a good time to harvest those worm castings (solids) and use this free fertiliser in your garden. For a quick reminder on how and when to do this, please email waste@hornsby.nsw.gov.au and request a Compost and Worm Farming factsheet.

Planting/Sowing

Plant now: kale, onions, shallots, asparagus, cabbages, leeks, spinach… the list goes on!


To do in the Garden

  • Plant Green Manure Crops
  • Prune fruit trees and woody plants
  • Clean up any fallen fruit
  • Ensure you keep stirring your compost to aerate. 


Recipe

Here’s a warming dessert for you and your family. Both rhubarb and pears are high in vitamin C. Remember to compost all those food scraps as you prepare this yummy crumble!
 
Rhubarb and Pear Crumble
Source: gofor2&5.com.au
 
20 minutes preparation + 20-30 minutes cooking
7 serves of fruit in this recipe
 
4 pears peeled, cored and diced
2 cups rhubarb (4 stalks), diced
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons water
Crumble
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons margarine
1¼ cups untoasted muesli
½ cup plain flour
 
Preheat oven to 180°C. Place pears, rhubarb, sugar and water in a saucepan, cover and cook for 8-10 minutes until softened. Spoon fruit into an ovenproof dish. Combine honey and margarine in a small bowl and microwave on HIGH (100%) for 20 seconds. In a separate bowl, combine muesli and flour. Stir in honey mixture, mixing until the crumble resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Spread over fruit and bake for 20–30 minutes until golden. Serve hot. Serves 6.


Did you know?

Wood ash from your fireplace is a source of lime. It can be placed in your compost bin and will act to neutralise pH.
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 or book online at hornsby.nsw.gov.au/whatson.
 
Eco Gardening Basics workshop
Sunday 3 August. 10.00am -12.30pm.
Are you interested in making your garden more environmentally friendly and productive? Come along to the Eco Gardening Basics workshop! Topics covered include no-dig gardening, companion planting, crop rotation and lots more.
Fagan Park Eco garden, Arcadia Rd, Galston
 
Kimbriki Tour and Eco garden talk
Tuesday 12 August. 9.00am – 2.45pm.
On this tour of the Kimbriki site you will see how 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.
Bus Leaves Hornsby Park bus stop, Hornsby at 9.15am sharp.
 
Recycling Tour
Tuesday 26 August. 9.00am – 1pm.
Ever wondered what happens to the mix of materials in your yellow bin. Come on a tour of the Materials Recycling Facility and find out how your paper is recycled from your plastic containers.
Bus Leaves Hornsby Park bus stop, Hornsby at 9.15am sharp.

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