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post Sustainable Gardening

July 2nd, 2008

Filed under: Greening Copley — newseditor @ 6:14 pm

Green thumbs, check out Sustainable Gardening Australia for tips on creating healthy soils and propagation tips.  Get your garden beds ready because there will be herbs and seedlings for sale at the winter fair!

post Local Green Thumbs: Morgaine

June 26th, 2008

Filed under: Greening Copley,Kids — newseditor @ 9:03 pm

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Mogsie and her dad have been busy planting all sorts of wonderful greens in their vege patch at Maynards Well. The area is well protected from winds and goats and they have come up with an ingenious solution to both irrigation and frost protection with their poly pipe domes which can be covered at night and double as sprinkler mounts. The garden is sprinkled with edible and medicinal herbs and a great mix of winter and spring veges growing well, including brocolli, carrots, tomatoes and bok choy which is attracting the local bees who have a hive in the creek and occasionally provide honey. What a treat! The garden is fully organic and Mogsies secret ingredient? Poo! Well done Morgaine!

post Rain!

June 5th, 2008

Filed under: Greening Copley — newseditor @ 5:08 pm

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No more than a shower so far but enough to make a garden blush.

More pics in  the Copley Skies gallery.

post Guerilla Gardening

May 5th, 2008

Filed under: Greening Copley — newseditor @ 3:35 pm

All you radical greenthumbs check this out…

http://www.guerrillagardening.org/

post Sweet Success

April 19th, 2008

Filed under: Greening Copley — newseditor @ 2:17 pm

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Who are these people and why the happy delirium, I hear you ask. Simon and Stephanie delight in a rare treat: organic Copley bananas grown at the Space Station.

Bananas are pretty easy to grow here, they just need a trench filled with pooh and compost, a spot out of the harsh wind  and plenty of water. These ones grew on grey water from the shower and kitchen without strong detergents. When the bunch is green and full it is picked an hung in a plastic bag for a week or two to ripen. Once they have fruited, the plants die off (making  great fodder) and new plants grow from suckers.

post Working Bee & Feast at the Chapel

April 17th, 2008

Filed under: Events,Greening Copley,Your Stories — newseditor @ 12:59 pm

Posted by Carrie Ann

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You are invited to a working bee and delicious feast and fire at the chapel this Sunday 20th April. Activities include getting trailer loads of gravel, sand, shale and poo; tree planting; pathmaking; trellising and weeding. Bring spades, pliers etc and a trailer if you’ve got one.

Carrie Ann the pregnant woman is nesting, gardener style!

Come and enjoy the feast.

post Easy Hot Compost

April 17th, 2008

Filed under: Greening Copley — newseditor @ 12:47 pm

If you’re keen to get some veges growing you’ll need some rich soil. A quick way to make some is by creating a hot compost. Within a month you’ll have living, organic compost to turn into your soil mix. It’s easy:

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post Autumn Planting

April 2nd, 2008

Filed under: Greening Copley — newseditor @ 4:53 pm

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What to plant now in time for the winter camp oven:

Seeds and Seedlings: Spinach, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Brocolli, Celery, Endive, Peas, Lettuce, Rocket, Celery, Asparagus, Kale, Beetroot, Carrot, Leek.

Seeds: Turnip, White Onions, Broad Beans, Winter Squash.

Between the extremes in weather it’s also a great time to plant fruit trees and passionfruit.

If you’re wondering where to get seeds or catalogues, there are various places who will mail them to you, including Diggers and Eden Seeds, and of course Bev has a selection of seeds, punnets and plants at her shop in Leigh Creek.

Dig in!

post Growing Acacia is Easy by Ms Bramble

March 18th, 2008

Filed under: Greening Copley,Your Stories — newseditor @ 2:04 pm

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Growing Acacia (wattle) is easy when you know how. 

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post Local Green Thumbs: The Chapel

March 6th, 2008

Filed under: Greening Copley — newseditor @ 8:00 pm

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The first local green thumb profile is on the Chapel of the Eighth Sister, Mission of St John. When the Chapel was established in 2005 in Murray St, there was an established mandarin tree flourishing on the underground septic nutrients, a young kurrajong, a bougainvillea, some young natives and a very old grape.

In the past couple of years a successful mandala permaculture garden designed by Carrie Ann has provided several seasons of fresh organic produce, currently producing a variety of summer melons (centre image). The above ground beds have been rejuvenated each season through layering of soaked goat/sheep poo, soil mix from the Leigh Creek depot ($35 trailer load), soaked cardboard and homemade hot compost (more on that later) – much the same as making a lasagne. Crops in the vege garden have included tomatoes, chillis, nasturtians, herbs, brocolli, cauliflower, and edible greens such as kale, lettuces and rocket. (more…)

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