Topics this month

•    Evening Meeting; Day Changed
•    Stand back!
•    Potting / Seedling Hothouse
•    Red Communists?
•    Demo Crop Rotation Plots
•    Deep swamp
•    Our Swap and Share
•    Membership Subscriptions Due
•    Fund Raisers
•    Recipe in Season
•    Today’s Poem

Monday Evening Meeting

After the long weekend, Monday 16th June, 7pm at the Glenelg North Community Centre.


What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, Fortune of the Republic, 1878
Informed by her Greek upbringing, Maria will show you some edible wild grasses or “weeds” which are  currently in season. She hopes to  demonstrate that some garden variety “weeds”  are highly nutritious and easily prepared and very tasty .
Bring a small plate to share for tea and coffee after the meeting.

Stand back

Then jump in!  There is a lot going on in the garden these days. That’s because we are building everything  from scratch. It’s not work, just fun things to do. And drinking coffee and tea. Activities will change in a year when larger things are completed; plots built, compost bays moved and built; shed organised, electricity installed, hot house built; reticulation schemes installed, spa …
So if you are thinking of getting more involved, now is the best of times.
And will you be standing on one leg wondering what to do? No way. on the shed wall is 30 suggested mini-projects we would love you to do; you can select what you fancy.

Potting / seedling hot house

We aim to make a warm sunny micro climate to raise seedlings towards the end of winter.  We better get moving. Who knows, we might install automatic misters on the shelves.
shade shed

50% shade cloth. Let’s see how it works

Red theme.

Whose who’s?  No doubt about who owns these garden tools. Beryl is painting all our garden implements shockingly bright red.  So they are easy to spot among the greenery and clutter AND – in your own home. Woops! 🙂

red tools

Not that we are drifting socialist. But we like red things like raddishes and beetroot.
Red radish
Now, that’s a red radish And a red shirt
shirt stirrers
Sh_#&rt Stirrers

Demo Crop-Rotation Plots

These new ones will be used to demonstrate rotational planting where, from year to year, you vary the crops so as to avoid bug buildup and nutrient depletion. Using the new timber, we built these in double quick time. So more to come as planned.
demo plots

Deep Swamp water

Don’t forget to half fill a bucket from the green bin near the compost. This liquid has all the nutrients from the drowned weeds in the green bin. Dilute it and spread on the earth in you plot. (Not on the fruit).

Our Swap and Share

June is handling our swap and share at the Organic Market on Thursdays. And doing a good job in connecting with the larger community.  She might like a little support from someone else from time to time.
Any items you would like to contribute to the table on Thursday’s can be left in or at the garden shed with a note to indicate this please. Great support from fellow garden members so far is much appreciated.

Membership Subscriptions

Both Membership and plot subscriptions now fall due.  Please pass your money to Neville or Michael at the garden on a Thursday or Saturday.  Plots $40 for six months.  Membership $10 for 12 months for individual or family.
For Renewals only, you can do it electronically. Newbies need to do the induction first. Details:

National Australia Bank – Glenelg
BSB    085 221
acc    159 042 309
Brighton Community Eco Garden Inc
Do Identify yourself on the transaction so we can see who paid.

Fund Raiser  lottery

All books, please return them so we can finalise. Sold or unsold, they must be returned.
You can also purchase tickets on the web.
Go to   and follow the bouncing ball.
Our garden keeps ALL the money we raise.

Fund Raiser – Aussie Farmer’s Direct

Aussie Farmers will donate 2% of your food delivery bill to the Community Garden. Is anyone using Aussie Farmers besides me?   Lost the link? It’s a post on our website.

Recipe in season – Green tomatoes

If you grow it, eat it.

Green Tomato Pickle

3Kg green tomatoes
1 Kg onions
Cut onions and tomatoes into shape and size you want in the final pickle
Sprinkle with ¼ cup salt in a pan, stir through vegies and leave for a few hours or preferably overnight.  Then drain off liquid
Add about 3 cups white wine vinegar (can use some cider vinegar for extra interest), 1 Kg sugar and good grind of black pepper.  Bring to the boil and boil for an hour stirring from time to time.
Into ½ cup vinegar, mix 2-3 tbspn mustard powder and about the same of curry powder.  Stir evenly through the pan of pickles and boil until it thickens (5-10mins).  Adding some turmeric to the spice mixture will help with thickening, vary the flavour and make the colour more intense

Bottle in sterilised jars and seal.  Can be eaten straight away or keeps well in cupboard

Cheers and have fun

Not by bread alone.

(Or in our case, not by vegetables alone)
1. Peace of mind
2. Peace of heart
3. Peace of soul
1. Squash gossip
2. Squash indifference
3. Squash grumbling
4. Squash selfishness
1. Lettuce be faithful
2. Lettuce be kind
3. Lettuce be patient
4. Lettuce really love one another
1. Turnip for meetings
2. Turnip for service
3. Turnip to help one another
1. Thyme for each other
2. Thyme for family
3. Thyme for friends
Our website
For those more static details. See

About Michael D

Member of the Glenelg North Community Garden, Adelaide South Australia. Member of the Marion Writers Group and writing about the fascinating topic of our future. Member of SA Recreational Cycling Club. Interests in cycling for sport, socialising, health, transport and the frugal use of declining natural resources. Member of Beyond Oil South Australia. Particularly interested in the decline in world oil supplies (Peak Oil) and the effect this will have on economies based upon growth. B. Bus in Information Technology and Public Administration. A career in Information Technology.

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