Friends of the Maribyrnong Valley Inc. working with the Maribyrnong City Council and community groups within the council we have produced a Maribyrnong Sustainability and Environment Guide. The MARIBYRNONG ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP BOOKLET 2017 contains lots of great info for everyone to use, not just residents of Maribyrnong.
You are invited to the following event:
Sunday, 6 August 2017 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Yarraville Community Garden
Yarraville, VIC 3013
|The espalier pruning technique is becoming more popular as gardeners discover just how productive well trained trees can be, especially in gardens with limited space.
In this workshop, Chris England from Merrywood Plants will be demonstrating the correct technique to ensure your espalier trained plants are healthy and set to yield a bumper crop for seasons to come.
Merrywood Plants was established in 1999 by Chris and Jenny England. Merrywood operates from its purpose built espalier nursery located at Baxter on the Mornington Peninsula.
Workshop places are limited, so please register to attend. A gold coin donation is requested to help cover the cost of Chris’s time and travel.
We hope you can make it!
We’ve been selected to participate in Local Matters at Grill’d Yarraville this May!
Local Matters is the Grill’d community donation program that sees each Grill’d restaurant donate $500 back into the community every month. The donation is split between 3 local community groups $300 / $100 / $100.
HOW YOU CAN HELP?
We’d love your support in receiving the highest $300 donation! Simply head to Grill’d Yarraville during May for a burger and pop your Local Matters token in our jar. The group with the most tokens at the end of the month receives the largest donation.
It’s a simple (and delicious) way to show your support!
You’ll find us on a jar at Grill’d Yarraville, 18 Anderson St, Yarraville.
Ten easy ways you can help save the bee
- Plant your garden with bee friendly plants
Bees are rapidly losing their habitat, you can help by planting flowers in your garden or even just a pot. Bees love to have a snack on one thing at a time so plant out an area with all the same flower. Great varieties include lavender, sage, mint, sunflowers, rosemary, verbena, tomatoes, pumpkin, zucchini, poppies, wisteria..
- Buy local honey
Support bee keepers that use sustainable, respectful, natural methods. It’s better for your health too and might even get rid of your pesky hay-fever.
- Use organic gardening principles
The chemicals and pesticides you put on your lawn and garden can damage the bees system. These treatments are especially damaging if applied while the flowers are in bloom as they will get in the pollen and nectar and are taken back to the beehive where they also get into the honey. Pesticides are one of the major culprits in Colony Collapse Disorder.
- Shout a bee a drink
Bees are thirsty and now that they will be visiting your garden thanks to your flowers, they’ll appreciate a little bowl of water or a birdbath to wet their whistle.
- Weeding is no fun and a lawn full of clovers and dandelions is perfect bee habitat
So go easy on the weeding and fix yourself a green smoothie (Many of the weeds are also edible, check out Adam Grubbs edible weeds guide).
- Buy organic seed or get it from your local swap meet
Seeds can be treated with chemicals that make the plant unsafe for bees. Check out localharvest.org.au to find a swap meet in your local area.
- Drop your local polls a line to tell them to:
A) Ban the seven most dangerous pesticides. B) Protect pollinator health by preserving wild habitat, and C) Restore ecological agriculture.
- Bees are pretty chilled – they aren’t out to sting you!
To avoid getting stung if a bee lands on you, remain calm and stay still. They will probably have a sniff and fly off unless you freak out. Also don’t block their path to the hive or stand outside the opening of one.
- If you’ve got space why not host a hive
Honey doesn’t get any better than straight from the hive and as a bonus you’ll get a bumper crop of veggies. Hive hosting lets you experience what it’s like to keep bees without all the work or having to open a hive.
- Go forth and pollinate
Share your bee knowledge with your mates.
If you planted garlic this year now is a good time to harvest it.
Garlic can be cured by hanging it in a dry, airy place away from day light for a few weeks. Once the outer layers are dry and the bulb is firm, you can preserve garlic by freezing, pickling or drying. If you have the patience, try braiding. Video how to braid garlic
If you missed the last planting day, we plan to have another one next year. The organic bulbs were supplied from CERES by one of our members.
Whole roasted garlic appetiser
One or more whole heads of garlic
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 200 deg C
– Cut about 5 mm off the head of garlic to expose the top of each clove.
– Leave the skins on and place in baking dish cut side up.
– Pour about one tablespoon of olive oil over each head and season with salt and pepper.
– Cover with foil and bake for 50 – 60 minutes depending on your oven and size of garlic.
Check after about 30 minutes to see how they are going.
They are ready when soft and tender – you can check by prodding with a fork.
To help caramelise, take off foil for the last 10 minutes or so of baking.
Squeeze out warm garlic cloves and spread on crusty baguette.
Serve with goats cheese (Meredith works well) and a sprinkle of toasted pine nuts.
Very easy and very delicious!
Unsure what to plant in your plot this summer?
Use this handy planting guide for inspiration and see what you should be planting this month.
The following planting guide is for the Melbourne area and surround.
|Basil||Plant out seedlings.||Harvest from February.|
|Beans – climbing||Plant in garden.||Harvest from March.|
|Beans – dwarf||Plant in garden.||Harvest from March.|
|Beetroot||Plant in garden.||Harvest from March.|
|Capsicum||Plant out seedlings.||Harvest from March.|
|Carrot||Plant in garden.||Harvest from April.|
|Celeriac||Plant out seedlings.||Harvest from April.|
|Celery||Plant out seedlings.||Harvest from April.|
|Chilli||Plant in garden.||Harvest from March.|
|Chives||Plant in garden.||Harvest from March.|
|Cucumber||Plant in garden.||Harvest from March.|
|Eggplant||Plant out seedlings.||Harvest from March.|
|French tarragon||Plant in garden.||Harvest from February.|
|Kohlrabi||Plant in garden.||Harvest from March.|
|Leeks||Plant out seedlings.||Harvest from April.|
|Lettuce||Plant in garden.||Harvest from March.|
|Okra||Plant out seedlings.||Harvest from March.|
|Oregano||Plant in garden.||Harvest from February.|
|Parsley||Plant in garden.||Harvest from March.|
|Pumpkin||Plant in garden.||Harvest from April.|
|Radish||Plant in garden.||Harvest from February.|
|Rockmelon||Plant out seedlings.||Harvest from March.|
|Sage||Plant in garden.||Harvest from 18 months.|
|Silverbeet||Plant in garden.||Harvest from March.|
|Pumpkin & Squash||Plant out seedlings.||Harvest from February.|
|Sunflower||Plant in garden.||Harvest from March.|
|Sweet corn||Plant in garden.||Harvest from April.|
|Sweet Marjoram||Plant out seedlings.||Harvest from February.|
|Tomatillo||Plant out seedlings.||Harvest from March.|
|Tomato||Plant out (transplant) seedlings.||Harvest from February.|
|Turnip||Plant in garden.||Harvest from March.|
|Watermelon||Plant out seedlings.||Harvest from March.|
|Zucchini||Plant out seedlings.||Harvest from February.|
Hello to all of our current members!
Membership renewals are now due, so please renew your annual Membership and plot fees using the link below. Thank you if you have already paid.
Forms can be posted to PO Box 176 Kingsville Vic 3012, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have decided not to keep your plot it’s important to let us know as there are keen gardeners on the waiting list. It’s also important to keep the plots weeded and looking loved – if we all keep our weeds under control they won’t spread across the garden plots!
Despite the challenging weather, we had an inspiring permaculture talk by Fleur from Book-a-Chook who discussed the importance of growing food in the suburbs, and how to get started. She also brought some of her chooks along and talked about how to keep chooks in the burbs. We had a harvest swap with some lovely lemons and herbs featuring, and a seedling sale with organic tomato, basil and beans snapped up by our members. We also had a delicious honey and honeycomb demonstration and tastings from a local Seddon producer.
We sold plenty of tickets for our raffle and Andrew from Kingsville was the lucky winner of the gardener’s basket. Between the seedling sale and the raffle we raised nearly $100 for future initiatives for our garden.
Mc Nish Reserve, just outside the Community Garden – 12 noon – 2pm (Set up from 11am). Sit and relax under the trees, have a nibble and chat to fellow gardeners (weather permitting). Fingers crossed for sunshine! BYO chair and a favourite dish to share. Tables supplied.