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What is going on in your garden?

I hope you have all had a wonderful time in your gardens or with your pot plants and window boxes. The seasons have certainly changed since the Autumn plant fair. The beauty of where we live, is that we can continue to enjoy gardening year-round. 

Here are some photos of winter bananas in their pyjamas from Dorrigo, with one optimistic plant prepared to meet the Dorrigo winter head-on with a newly formed bunch.
If you have any tips for extending your growing season or photos from your garden, please send them to, so that we can include them in our newsletter or blog.

I feel the need... The need for seed

We had our best ever plant fair in Autumn, selling out of many types of seeds.

As a result our seed stocks need replenishing; here’s a list of the main plant types:
Beans – green and butter bush
Basil – sweet
Bell Pepper or Bull-horn pepper
Bok Choy (white stem, dark green leaves)
Chinese Broccoli
Carrot – red or orange
Corn – sweet
Cucumber – any green varieties
Eggplant – large purple and long purple
Lettuce – any green or red varieties
Pigeon Pea
Peas – all types
Pumpkin – Jarrahdale, Buttercup
Tomato – any red or yellow varieties
Winged Bean
Zucchini – any green varieties

If you have any of these please bring them to our next seed packing day or contact Jeff by email:

Diary Dates

Garden visit to Dreamtime multiple occupancy gardens

Saturday June 27th, 12:00pm-3:00pm

How are things growing at your place? Reaping the benefits of hard work and saving seeds, I hope! BSS have had an 'unprecedented' demand for seeds and plant materials and there's been much enthusiasm for homegrown harvests.

To keep the momentum growing, we are planning a small meet up; to exchange seeds, surplus and stories. We also plan to tour a section of the Dreamtime multiple occupancy and see the beauty and bounty some of its members have been busy creating. 


Numbers of course will have to be limited, so rsvp to grab a place, then details and directions will be given to successful respondents. Please keep in mind the concerns of current times for the good of all, and let us lose ourselves to the beauty of the Bellinger River valley.
Coming? RSVP to obtain the address and so we know who’s attending, even if you already know how to get there.
Organiser: Leela O'Callaghan or phone 0417 536 490

Seed & Plant Swaps

Are you looking for particular seeds or plants? Do you have an abundance of something to give away?
Email in to for your search or offer to be put in the newsletter in this section.

Tom Topfer is looking for passionfruit and lemon grass. He can be contacted by email:

Marc Tonkin is looking for pigeon pea seeds, podded pea seeds and snow pea seeds. He can be contacted by email:

Can you help? Please contact the person directly.


Thanks to Leela for the garden visit invitation blurbs, and banana photos and to Jeff for the seed request.
When donating or sharing seeds, please email in the seed information so we know what we have (click the link, the email has the questions ready to fill out)

Or fill in this PDF form. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill this out digitally. Remember to save each seed info as a separately named file!
Or print it out and fill it in by hand. 
Check out the Bellingen Seed Savers blog for recipes, local growing information, Diary Dates and garden visit photos.
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