LOOK WHAT WE HAVE WON!!!

Apologies for the lack of news on our website lately.

Once the drought, fires and floods had passed this summer, we surveyed our community garden beds and found that many of the veggies that had come to a standstill, trying to cope with the weather conditions, dust storms etc, had sprung back into life and were bearing well.

Just in time for our local Moss Vale Agricultural Show, in fact.  We love supporting our local show!

So, we gathered all manner of organic fruit & vegetables that we could submit as entries in the Pavilion.  Although we felt our chosen exhibits were not up to our usual standards, we were aware that everyone else growing backyard food in the Shire was in the same boat.  And it is exciting waiting in anticipation to see how many 1st and 2nd prizes we have won.  We even won two sashes this year for the “Most Successful Exhibitor – Vegetables” AND “Most Successful Exhibitor – Fruit”.

Here are photos of some of the other results! There are even more on our Facebook page.

Why don’t you join in and submit some veggies of your own next year?

SEEDY SUNDAY SEED SAVING

Hello, local Seed Networkers and budding Seedsavers out there around the Highlands. I am hosting a seed saving event at my home in Exeter. RSVP (essential), via email hidden; JavaScript is required.

SEEDY SUNDAY

When:      10.30am till 2 pm,  Sunday 5th May 2019

Where:     Jill and John’s place – Exeter  (full directions upon RSVP’ing that you can join us)

What shall I bring:   Seeds you have saved over the past 12 months that you have cleaned for the seedbank.  Also, seeds still to be cleaned, which we can winnow on the day. Or just yourself.

And please also bringA plate of savoury food to share as a pot-luck lunch. (Always a highlight!)

Why should I come?  To find out how to be a SEED HERO by saving seed of rare food varieties for the next generation of backyard growers – like the generations of gardeners did before us…..

Cost:  $2 for the day with a plate of savoury food to share (plus $5 to become a member if you wish)

Seedsaving manual available – special 1/2 price  @$15ea

SEED HEROS from a previous Seedy Sunday gathering: Barb brought seeds of Feldsalat (Lamb’s Lettuce) & Reisentraube tomato seed; Sylvia brought bulk Lazy Housewife bean and Yakumo Snow Pea seed; Norbert brought Serpent of Sicily Gourd seed; Lucy brought Kent pumpkin and Lohrey’s Natural Salt Bean Seeds; Anibal brought Catalan Chilli and Zapallito squash; and I brought Giant Russian Cucumber seed, plus six varieties of rare climbing beans shared with our group by Dr David Murray, an experienced seedsaver from down the coast.

The seeds these folk brought along had been grown and acclimatised to Southern Highlands Conditions over many years and dutifully saved and shared with friends and neighbours (and seedbanks).

To RSVP (essential), please email me asap on email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Jill

International Composting Week

Be Waste Wise in Wingecarribee.

As part of International Composting Week, Moss Vale Community Garden is hosting a tour and demonstration of Hot Composting.

When: Thursday 9 May, 10.30am-12 noon.

Be sure to check out the other composting demonstrations at the Four Seasons Community Garden in Bowral (Sunday 5 May, 10 am – 12 noon) and Resource Recovery Centre in Moss Vale (Saturday 11th May, 10 am -1.00pm).

More details here: Composting week details 2019

Sunday Openings Suspended for Winter

It was decided at our recent committee meeting to cancel our Sunday opening sessions until next Spring.

So this Sunday (7th April), the MVCG will be closed and will reopen for first Sunday sessions at a date later in the year. The reasons for the cessation of Sunday morning sessions include the lack of volunteers willing to open and operate the gardens particularly during the upcoming cold months.

Watch this space for our Spring Open Sunday event!