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Seed Savers – seedlings bonanza

25th November 2017

Our last seed saver meeting for 2017 arrived far too fast. We had a smaller group at Seed Savers with 26 people plus 1 child and 2 visitors.

12 varieties of seedlings from previous months were transplanted to bigger pots. We did not plant any seeds this month. The greenhouse was emptied out for the summer break. Members took home many seedlings and the rest have gone with Annette and Karlene to be cared for and distributed to Auburn Community Garden, schools and PSW members.

As usual, seedlings were taken to the blitz and gifted to the blitz host to assist with their garden makeover.

Most of our morning was spent cleaning harvested seeds. We cleaned 23 varieties:

Amaranth – mangostanus (hert leaf)

Basil – Sweet

Bean – Brown Seeded Snake Bean

Bean – Cherokee Wax Bush Butter Bean

Bean – Lazy Housewife

Beetroot – Burpee’s Golden

Capsicum – Sweet Red Bullhorn

Capsicum – Yellow Banana

Carrot – Nantes

Chilli – Jalapeno

Chilli – Joe’s Long Red Cayenne

Cress – American Upland

Feverfew

Lettuce – Forellenchluse (Flashy Trout Back)

Lettuce – Red Cos

Marigold – Aztec Gold

Pumpkin – Butternut

Pumpkin – Kent

Radish – Chine Red Winter Radish

Radish – Daikon

Spearmint

Tatsoi

Tomato – Thai Pink Egg

We also received many seeds donated from members’ gardens to help build our seed bank. Some seeds were sent home with members for direct planting:

Brown Seeded Snake Bean

Carrot – Scarlet Nantes

Cucumber – African Horned Kiwano

Cucumber – Armenian Yard Long

Marigold – Aztec Gold

Parsley – Giant Italian Florentine

Rockmelon – Minnesota Midget

Silverbeet – Orange Fantasia

Zucchini – Black Beauty

We were lucky to finish off the year with a party at Sandra’s place to celebrate our year of seed saving. Thanks Sandra for a wonderful lunch!

Seed Savers meets 9am-1pm on the 4th Saturday of each month at Bidjiwong Community Nursery, Baulkham Hills. All welcome, with free seedlings to take home each month. You are welcome to attend 1 meeting to see if this group suits you, if so you can become a single member for $25, or family member for $30 a year. Becoming a member is for the purpose of insurance cover and venue hire when you do any activities with us. Children from 8 years are welcome at Seed Savers.

Our November Seed Savers was the last for the year. We start back again on 24th February 2018.

Don’t forget February is TOMATOFEST month so bring in your tomatoes and help kickstart our event into a fun new year.

Happy Gardening!

Penny Janson

 

Group, 'saving seeds' October 28

Seedsavers- October seedlings

28th October 2017

Thanks to our first decent rain in months, sunshine and fertilizer mid-month our seedlings from last month had grown enormously. We had another big group at Seed Savers with 35 people including 4 children and 1 visitor. John organised a pop up shelter to give us some more shade and room to work. Thanks John!

64 varieties of seedlings from previous months were transplanted to bigger pots. This was the most we have ever transplanted in one day this year. This month 51 varieties of seeds were sown and 5 types of plants propagated. The ones propagated were bay, camphor basil, kaffir lime, golden oregano and lemon verbena.

The seeds planted were anise, basil, 5 types of beans, bok choy, mini wombok cabbage, celery, chamomile, chickpea, 2 types of chillies, 4 types of cucumber, cumin, 3 types of eggplant, 8 types of lettuce, nettle, oregano, parsley, rockmelon, shallots, silverbeet, warrigal spinach, spaghetti squash, 6 types of tomatoes, watermelon, yarrow and Italian verde zucchini.

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The attached table shows all currently registered Farmers markets in Sydney and New South Wales, and some smaller local markets. The name, address and opening hours for each market is shown. The opening hours tell you when the market is open. If the market is not open each week, the opening hours will tell you which weeks of the month the market is open, for example a market open Sunday on the second week of each month: 2nd Sunday. If you know of a market running in Sydney and New South Wales that is not listed, please contact- seasonal food guide and tell us.

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Penrith Council -the REAL Festival!

Penrith Council has an invitation for you – they have some special events happening on the week end after next – the REAL Festival!
There is a massive range of activities taking place, but in particular Costa is coming along and doing a Q&A  session on
Saturday as well as some workshops on the Sunday.
All welcome!
To see the full program please visit the event website http://www.realfestival.com.au.
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Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Starting tomorrow (Monday 23rd Oct) and for the following week all you keen bird watchers out there are being asked to put those skills to good use and participate in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count. Count and identify as many birds as you can during a 20 minute period and submit your results either online or via the “Aussie Bird Count” app. Submit as many times as you want over the course of the week. If you are unable to identify a bird then the app also has a handy field guide which will help. Register online to contribute to this worthy cause.

https://aussiebirdcount.org.au/

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Annette allocating out seeds to take home and sort.

Seed Savers – hot September

23rd September 2017

Today broke the heat record for September with 33 degrees. That didn’t deter the 30 adult members, 4 member’s children and 4 visitors from coming to Seed Savers for another huge month.

18 varieties out of 102 varieties from last month were transplanted to bigger pots. They hadn’t grown as much as usual, possibly due to the hot weather and no rainfall we have being experiencing. This month 64 varieties of seeds were sown and 5 types of plants propagated, these were rosemary, camphor basil, 2 lavender varieties and thyme.

The seeds planted were green and purple artichokes, beetroot, cabbages, capsicum, chard, celery, 8 types of chillies, comfrey, coriander, cress, cucumber, cumin, custard apple, 5 types of eggplant, fennel, gai lan, garlic, goji berry, kohl rabi, 5 types of lettuce, loquat, Sapodilla, Mild Mesclun mix, Moringa, Nettle, Orach, Silverbeet, Sunflower, Tomatillo, 11 types of tomatoes and Yam Bean.

Cleaning Marigold seeds

After our very busy morning it was time to slow down the pace with a cup of tea, cake, and great company to start cleaning the seeds that had been harvested. We cleaned 11 varieties including Red Salad Leaf Amaranth; Marigolds, Green and Purple Choy Sum, Salsify, Purple King and Great Northern climbing beans, and Mini Wombok, garlic chives, Bishop’s Crown chillies, Little Leprechaun lettuce.

We also received 3 varieties of seeds donated from members’ gardens to help build our seed bank. 12 varieties of seeds were sent home with members for direct planting: Cobra Melon, Purple King and Great Northern climbing beans, Bali corn, JAP and Small Sugar pumpkins, rockmelon, Yellow Button squash, Spaghetti Squash, Poona Keera Cucumber and Grey and Golden Zucchinis.

 

Seed Savers meets 9am-1pm on the 4th Saturday of each month at Bidjiwong Community Nursery, Baulkham Hills. All welcome, with free seedlings to take home each month. You are welcome to attend 1 meeting to see if this group suits you, if so you can become a single member for $25, or family member for $30 a year. Becoming a member is for the purpose of insurance cover and venue hire when you do any activities with us. Children from 8 years are welcome at Seed Savers.

Happy Gardening!

Penny Janson

pic showing Home grown Veggies

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kaffir limes

Kaffir Lime Health and Culinary Uses

-Citrus hystrix

Mostly grown for its aromatic leaves that add authenticity to Asian salads, stir fries and soups. BUT, did you know the fruit of the Kaffir Lime has medicinal applications, or that you can turn it into shampoo? Three quarters of rural families throughout Asia make their own. In many of the warm/hot climate Asian cultures it is common to have a kaffir lime in the backyard or common area for villager’s use.

pic of Kaffir limes
Kaffir limes

Health benefits: oral health, detoxify the blood, boost skin health, improve digestion, ward off insects, lower inflammation, aid the immune system, reduce stress, improve health of hair and cleanse the home. Juice can also be used to control head lice, deter and expel leeches, and fruit is made into shampoo.

Kaffir lime leaves
Kaffir lime leaves

Uses: Edible leaves for cookery, juice in drinks like gin and tonic, grating the rind for cakes, using fruit for making marmalade. Juice is also used to control head lice, to deter and expel leeches, and fruit is made into shampoo. That’s pretty versatile.

Kaffir Lime shampoo – halve if only wanting smaller amounts

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