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Welcome to our new members!
In early March we have welcomed new members,   Jayne Harris, Pam King (plot) and Rhiannon Kirkwood.  We look forward to seeing you all around the garden. 
This Saturday morning (April 6th) from 9:00 to 12:00.  
The main emphasis will be on mulching.
If possible there is an insect house to place in the herb garden.
Preparation for the Turning the Soil Celebration 
Lunch will be provided.

It was great to host a group of Warrnambool East PS Grade 3&4 students at the Garden. In 2018 we had students visit from pre-schools through to secondary. The potential for educators at the Garden is huge - we're a great location for things like art and geography apart from gardening and science. We also get lots of visits and tours from adult community groups - the most recent was Koroit Probus and Rotary Day Break.

The flowers from the civic green placed there by our community in solidarity and sorrow for the Christchurch massacre are now in our compost at the community garden. Those still fresh were put in the HUB building for everyone to enjoy in peace and love. We are ONE WORLD.

The Herb Patch is looking amazing and the herbs are so beautiful. Members are free to pick herbs for use at home at any time. The French Tarragon is in abundance and ready for picking along with lots of Sage, Thyme, chives, garlic chives and Asian greens. Thanks to all who help out to keep this area weeded, mulched and watered. Small band of helpers who do amazing work and take huge pride in the patch.

 
There are lots of new additions to the Chook Hilton with the donation of 3 beautiful black hens from Kardinia Childcare (Pearl, Josephine & Clucky Norris) and the purchase of 3 further new girls.    We now have lots of egg layers with a range of fabulous names including Miss Prissy, Blacky Chan, Dame Eggna, Scarlett, Trumpy, Rita, Fluffy Butt (mother of the chicks), Tiger Lily,  Mrs. Poppleberry and Ossi.
The Garden Market Season has finished.   What a huge success!   Now where do we get our fresh produce & eco products until the market starts again!!
You will find Nick and Frances from Merri Banks Market Garden still selling vegetables on Wednesday's and will continue to trade every Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm in the courtyard out the back of the Dart and Marlin in Timor St, Warrnambool. The show rolls on selling their fabulous fresh produce 
For all your goat milk cheese and yogurt needs contact the Drake's at Childers Cove Cheese Company.  They are a family run farmhouse goat milk cheese and yogurt producer with a wide variety of soft and hard goat milk cheeses as well as goat milk yogurt.  Check out their Facebook Page for contacts details.
You will find a full range of Beeswax Wraps, Resuable Facial Wipes and Reusable Nursing Pads on Wrapped With Love Beeswax Wraps Website.    www.wrappedwithlovebeeswaxwraps.com    They have free drop off in Warrnambool, just use the shipping code LOCAL for free delivery.   Also check out their Facebook page. 
Jayne from Simply Sour Dough 3280 will be taking weekly orders from home for fresh bread, starter kits and starter culture.   Email simplysourdough3280@gmail.com, mobile 0427 268 333 or checkout their facebook or instagram pages.    
Huge thank you to Bruce Campbell and Friends for bringing fabulous music to the weekly Wednesday market at Warrnambool Community Garden. Everyone enjoyed music by Bruce Campbell, Russ Goodear, Gypsy Spelling, Barney Hurrell, Des Bunyon, Owen Ellemor, Stones La Femme, MarTee, Tina Reilly, Bronson Valpeid, Peter McKenna & Scotty and many more great local artists.  
Dates to Remember
April
Saturday 6th - Working Bee 9 to 12 noon (BBQ lunch) 
Sunday, 7th - 10 Year Celebration (members & invited guests only)
Tuesday, 9th Committee Meeting  7.00 pm
Saturday, 20th - Bushfood Group 9 to 12 noon
Saturday, 27th - Sri Lankan Cooking Master Class (See brochure)

May
Saturday 4th - General Working Bee 9 o 12 noon
Wednesday, 8th - Committee Meeting 7.00 pm
Saturday 15th - Bush food / native plants group
Sunday,19th - Beeswax Wraps Workshop with Wrapped with Love Beeswax Wraps
Saturday, 25th - Pickling & Preserving Connect Cooking Workshop with Kylie Treble 10 to 12 noon.    
April in the Garden
  • Get your plot in tip top shape ready for winter plantings.
  • If you live in an area prone to cold and frost, stay away from secateurs this month.
  • Mulch autumn leaves and add them to the compost heap.
  • Divide clumps of perennials such as iris, perennial phlox and Shasta daisies.
  • Repot plants into larger containers with fresh potting mix.
  • Prepare a bed for your roses. Dig the soil over in a sunny position, and then add compost or a rose planting mix.
  • Remove stone fruit from trees and dispose of them to eliminate sources of brown-rot fungus.
  • Start applying Seasol solution to help protect against frost in the colder months.
Veggies to Plant in the Patch
The colder wetter months are a great time to grow veggies, and now is an excellent time to plant! Consider cabbage, asian greens like mizuna, tatsoi or pak choi, lettuce, rocket, spinach, carrots, celery, cauliflower, spring onions, leek, onions, garlic,radish, turnips and swedes.

With wintery weather underway, it can be difficult to find something cold hardy to plant in the veggie patch. But garlic loves the cold weather. In fact the more it receives, the better, as the cold is essential for large bulb formation.

Garlic can be planted in Melbourne from early April to late June. Surprisingly it’s a perennial, but usually grown as an annual and harvested from late November into December.

The downside of growing garlic is it takes up space in the veggie patch for around six to seven months. However its advantages include being relatively free from pests and (as long as it’s kept well-weeded and receives reasonable rainfall) pretty much fuss free. Of course it tastes great!

Herb Patch 
Every Tuesday, 10 am to 12 pm
Come and help with the upkeep of the Herb Patch.   Everyone welcome.  
Communal Gardening 
Thursday & Saturday, 10am to 12 noon 
Come and help plant, water, weed and learn gardening skills in the Communal Garden areas.   Everyone welcome to come help and share the joy of gardening and take home some fresh produce.   
Saturday, April 27th - Sri Lankan Cooking Master Class with Chamari (See brochure)
Sunday, May 19th - Beeswax Wraps with Wrapped with Love Beeswax Wraps
Saturday, May 25th - Pickling & Preserving Connect Cooking with Kylie Treble 
Saturday, June 8th - Chinese Cooking Master Class with Jun from Jun's Home Kitchen
Saturday, June 22nd - Chinese Cooking Master Class with Jun from Jun's Home Kitchen
Saturday, July 20th - Pasta Making Connect Cooking with Kylie Treble 
Saturday, Sept 14th - Pastry Making Connect Cooking with Kylie Treble 
Saturday, Oct 26th - Dairy Free (nut milks & nut cheese) Connect Cooking with Kylie Treble 

MORE EXCITING WORKSHOPS TO COME
DO YOU HAVE A WORKSHOP YOU WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT AT THE GARDEN?   EMAIL warrnamboolcommunity@yahoo.com.au.   We would love to hear from any presenters.    

The zero in “zero waste” makes it sound scary and hard to achieve. It is actually not as as hard as it seems, and it is as simple as following these Five R’s, in order:

  • Refuse what you do not need.
  • Reduce what you do need.
  • Reuse by using reusables.
  • Recycle what you cannot refuse, reduce, or reuse.
  • Rot (compost) the rest.

Refuse
1. Fight junk mail. It’s not just a waste of resources, but also of time. 
2. Refuse single use items such as coffee cups, straws, plastic cutlery, bottled water.    

Reduce
3. Declutter your home, and donate to your local thrift shop. You’ll lighten your load and make precious resources available to those looking to buy secondhand.
4. Reduce your shopping trips and keep a shopping list. The less you bring home, the less waste you’ll have to deal with.

Reuse
5. Swap disposables for reusables (start using handkerchiefs, refillable bottles, shopping bags, cloth napkins, rags, wax wraps etc.). 
6. Avoid grocery shopping waste: Shop at farmers markets and unpackaged stores.  Bring reusable totes, cloth bags and jars to purchase package free.

Recycle
7. Know your city’s recycling policies and locations—but think of recycling as a last resort. Have you refused, reduced, or reused first? 
8. Buy primarily in bulk or secondhand, but if you must buy new, choose glass, metal, or cardboard. Avoid plastic: Much of it gets shipped across the world for recycling and often ends up in the landfill (or worse yet, the ocean).

Rot
9. Find a compost system that works for your home and get to know what it will digest (dryer lint, hair, and nails are all compostable).
10. Turn your home kitchen trash can into one large compost receptacle. The bigger the compost receptacle, the more likely you’ll be to use it freely.

And remember: You’re not alone. There are so many tips to reduce your waste on the internet, check out a few different sites.   

Thank you for being open to change!

Beach Patrol 3280-3284 Clean-Up Group Event

When: Saturday April 27, 2019

Where: The Cutting (Rutledge's Cutting), access at end of Gorman's Road, Tower Hill.

Time: 10.00am-12.00pm

What to bring: Be sun smart - hats, sunscreen, Reusable water bottle, closed in shoes, gloves
Come along to our monthly group plastic pick up event. Meet like-minded people and lend a helping hand for a very important cause. 
BBQ supplied.
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