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Garden Visit: Free ranging in Fernmount

Twenty-five of us came from far and wide to see what Tim has achieved in "The Secret Garden Tiny Farm". It is great to see so many people enjoying these events, with each event attracting a mixture of regulars and new faces. We even had a visit from a French WWOOFer at this event.

As usual there was plenty of fine food and a jovial mood. 
After we had satisfied our appetites Tim informed us how he had gone about getting organic certification for his mini-farm. The process had been quicker and easier than he expected. The verification needs to be maintained by annual inspections and documentation / accounting of activities carried out on the site, including all inputs.

Next we went on a tour of Tim's front garden. Tim explained his design philosophies and discussed how things have performed in the last year. He showed us three hundred perennials crammed into a fairly small area, and explained that he is aiming to increase the number to roughly five hundred. Tim finished off with a discussion of some of his longer term plans for the back part of the property.

Thanks to Tim and his family for sharing their garden for the afternoon, and to Tim for sharing his experiences and plans for the future.

Diary Dates

Seed Packing for the Spring Plant Fair at Gillian's in Fernmount

SATURDAY August 17, 1.00pm - 3:00pm


Remember to seek out the sign-in sheet on arrival.
Please bring a snack plate to contribute to our quick shared lunch

Bellingen Seed Savers will distribute seeds and plants at a stall at the Bellingen 2019 Spring Plant Fair, Saturday, September 14th. In preparation, we will gather to pack seeds, and share  lunch and plant knowledge. Gillian's garden is in Fernmount.

If you have them:
Please bring donations of saved dried seeds for packing.
Please bring donations of seedlings for potting up.

If you have no propagating material to donate at this time, we would still love to see you there. Many hands make light work, the more the merrier etc. etc. 

Coming? please click here to RSVP, to obtain the address and so we know who’s attending. Please RSVP even if you already know how to get there.
Organiser: Lisa O'Callaghan / gardenvisits@bellingenseedsavers.com or phone 0417 536 490

Garden Visit to John and Carol's food forest in Fernmount (with Seed Labelling afterwards)

SUNDAY August 25, 1.00pm - 3:00pm


Remember to seek out the sign-in sheet on arrival.
Please bring a snack plate to contribute to our quick shared lunch

John and Carol have been long time seed savers and integral members of our Bellingen group. Their Fernmount residence has been thoughtfully designed on renewable and permaculture principles - the garden is amazingly successful and prolific! As their property is now on the R/E market, this may be our last chance to enjoy a remarkable garden, so please join us for a beautiful experience.
 

After lunch, a garden tour and sharing of plant knowledge, we will label seeds. Bellingen Seed Savers will distribute seeds and plants at a stall at the Bellingen 2019 Spring Plant Fair, Saturday, September 14th.

Coming? please click here to RSVP, to obtain the address and so we know who’s attending. Please RSVP even if you already know how to get there.
Organiser: Lisa O'Callaghan / gardenvisits@bellingenseedsavers.com or phone 0417 536 490

Call out for Plant Fair Volunteers


The upcoming Spring Plant Fair is on Saturday September the 14th.
Can you spare a couple of hours to help out on the stall? We need people to sell plants, and seeds. You won't be left on your own! There are always at least 3 people rostered on at once. You don't need to be an expert - all the seeds are labelled, there are print outs of what to plant when and there are other people around to answer questions on plants you don't know.

6:30 to 8:30am - 4 people for Set Up Team

8:00 to 10:00am - 5 people for Early Morning Team

10:00 to 12:00pm - 4 people for Mid-Morning Team

12:00 to 2:00pm - 3 people for Afternoon Team

2:00 to 3:30pm - 3 people for Packup Team

All time slots are allocated on a first-volunteer-first-selected basis.

We also need donations of seedlings. Please bring along on the day or let us know if you're not coming and we'll arrange a drop off/collection.

If you can do it, please contact Gillian - by Email 
plantfair@bellingenseedsavers.com or phone 0481 317 281

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Bellingen Spring Plant Fair 2019

Gardens wanted for visiting

If you have a garden and are willing to share it with fellow gardeners from the Bellingen Seed Savers, please let us know. It doesn't matter whether your garden is in its infancy or worthy a full episode of Gardening Australia. The seed savers enjoy meeting up in all kinds of gardens. Garden visits typically last for approximately two hours and attract 15-30 people. Garden visitors can be asked to bring their own chairs, cups and plates and between them will bring an appetising buffet.

If you are interested in showing your garden, please contact Lisa O'Callaghan / gardenvisits@bellingenseedsavers.com or phone 0417 536 490.

Seed & Plant Swaps

Do you have any Doryanthes sp. or Gymea Lilly seed. If you please click here to contact Leela.
Do you have any low chill apples. If so please click here to contact Jodi. She is happy to swap Ein Shemer for scion wood of Dorsett Golden or Anna.
Are you looking for particular seeds or plants? Do you have an abundance of something to give away?
Email in to news@bellingenseedsavers.com for your search or offer to be put in the newsletter in this section.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Jeff for the photos.
 
SEED SAVING DETAILS
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)
Email: seeds@bellingenseedsavers.com

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.
Bellingen Seed Savers Chatter is our Facebook group where we can talk and talk and talk on all things seed savers and edible gardening.
www.BellingenSeedSavers.com is our website.
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