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Welcome to Autumn! What a great time to be in outside, in your garden, spreading your finished compost or worm juice around. Your soil will love all those precious nutrients you’ve saved from going to landfill. If you’re using compost in your vegie patch or orchard, you’ll be reaping the rewards when it’s harvest time with fresh, healthy and nutritious fruit and veg! Yummo!
This autumn there’s loads of events to keep you going on your composting or worm farming journey, including The Compost Revolution Celebration on 26 May with special guest presenter Costa Georgiadis! Costa is a well known TV personality and compost guru, and will share advanced composting and worm farming tips at the Eco Garden at Fagan Park. Don't miss out on this very special event! Remember to book in quick as spaces are limited. For all event details please see the Events/Workshops section below and check out Council's website.
International Compost Awareness Week is on 6 – 11 May 2013. The Waste Education team here are Council will be holding a free face-to-face Compost and Worm Farming workshop on Wednesday 8 May to celebrate. This is a wonderful opportunity to spread the word about The Compost Revolution. If you’d like support or ideas on talking to your friends, family and community groups about The Compost Revolution, we’d love to hear from you!
Need help with your compost bin? Can’t remember how to harvest your worm castings? Has your compost bin turned into a smelly sludgy mess? Any other problems or questions? We are always happy to answer compost and worm farm questions and provide troubleshooting support. Just call Council’s Waste Hotline on 9847 4856 and ask for a Waste Education Officer, or email

Planting Pots

Step 1 – add gravel or stones to bottom of pot to help with drainage.  Add to approx 5 cm deep (depending on pot size)

Step 2 – Fill the pot ¾ full with good quality potting mix .  You can add a bit of your wonderful compost and/ or water crystals and fertiliser at this stage.

Step 3 – Tease out seedling roots if compacted. Put seedling in pot (a bit lower than rim of pot) and top up with potting mix.  Pat down, water and fertilise.


Planting/ Sowing

Winter vegetables and herbs are sown in late summer and autumn while the soil is still warm.
All season vegetables and herbs are best sown in spring and autumn.

Plant now: Carrots, Broccoli, leeks, cauliflower, lettuce, peas, sliver beet, garlic.



Stir-fried broccoli with sesame (from the Vegie Patch Cookbook)

1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp light soy sauce
Pinch of dried chilli flakes
675g broccoli, florets and stems
60ml vegetable stock or water
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. Heat a large non-stick frying pan or wok. Add the sesame seeds and toast them, shaking the pan constantly for 1-2 minutes, or until the seeds turn golden. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Add the oil, soy sauce and chilli flakes to the pan, and stir to combine. Add the broccoli and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  3. Pour in the stock and cover the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender but still crisp. Stir in the sesame seeds and season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.

To Do in the Garden

The soil where summer crops grew can be amended with lots of organic matter, dug in, to prepare the beds for some autumn plantings of cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, silverbeet, lettuce, broad beans, peas, snow peas, radish, carrot, beetroot and parsnip.

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.

Compost and Worm Farming workshop on Wednesday 8 May, 9.30am – 11.30am
Wallarobba Garden, Wallarobba, Edgeworth David Ave, Hornsby.

Kimbriki tour and Eco Gardening talk on Tuesday 14 May, 8.50am – 2.30pm
Bus leaving Hornsby Park bus stop, Hornsby.

Compost and Worm Farming workshop on Saturday 18 May, 10am – 12.30pm
Eco Garden gazebo, Fagan Park, Arcadia Road, Galston.

Compost Revolution Celebration on Sunday 26 May, 9.30am – 11.30am
Eco Garden gazebo, Fagan Park, Arcadia Road, Galston.

Compost Revolution Celebration - with Costa Georgiadis! on Sunday 26 May 2013, 9.30am - 11.30am
Fagan Park gazebo, Fagan Park, Arcadia Road, Galston.

For all details on the above workshops and events, please visit What's On on the Hornsby Council website or phone Council’s Waste Hotline on 9847 4856.

Pest Control in the garden

Slugs – Regularly apply wood ash or coffee grounds around plants as slugs, snails do not like to cross it. (from Choice A-Z of garden hints).
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