·       Vinegar Presentation. What Which Why

·       Practicalities

·       Plot Fees Due

·       Bunnings Thursday Sausage Sizzle 5th May

·       People’s Choice Lottery

·       Recipe in Season

·       We were on Channel 10

·       Compost, Composition and Construction

·       Heads Up and Looking Ahead

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Vinegar – What Which Why

WHAT: A Talk by Tim Mortimer, Wine Maker of Black Stump Wines.

WHEN: Saturday, 16th April 12:00

After Tim’s talk we may sit around for a cuppa, nibble and chat. Please bring a few nibbles to share.


Vinegar is one of those things we take for granted. We forget how vinegar is a basis for preserving, cooking, health and even hygiene. How it is made, Chemistry, and the various flavours …

Thanks Tim (http://www.blackstumpwines.com.au/ ) for coming along to give us the ins and outs of vinegar. (He also makes excellent wine. Ed)


Practical things

Upon arrival at the Community Garden, do look in the Communications Book. You might find something most relevant to you.


Leaf Miner on the Tahitian lime. 

leaf minser citrus

Plot Fees Due

Hear Ye!   Hear Ye!

Charge is $40. Six months for large plot

$20. Six months for shared or smaller plot

Cash to Nev or direct to National Bank

— BSB    085-221.

— A/c No.   159042309    Quote your:  Name, Plot No.

Your prompt attention to this matter will make Me, the bean counter (see below) look so efficient  !! Neville D


Bunnings Thursday Sausage Sizzle 5th May

Neville has organised three shifts with less people because Thursdays are pretty relaxed. Neville is always looking for more fingers to join the Flash Mob. Contact him.


People’s Choice Lottery

Some of us (no names) have won a big prize. Books to be distributed soon. You can also go to our website and be directed to their sales.

Peoples Choice

Recipe in Season

-Beryl’s pesto-

2 cups fresh basil leaves

½ cup pine nuts or roasted almonds

½ cup freshly grated good quality parmesan cheese

½ cup virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic crushed

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Salt and pepper


Blend together. Taste, adjust salt, pepper, lemon juice


We were on Channel 10

filming composite

Here’s the link: http://tenplay.com.au/news/adelaide/2016/3/30/weather-report-with-kate-freebairn

Compost, Composition and Construction

Not only does the compost you are putting on your plot contain, horse, sheep and chook poo, it also contains Volcanic Rock Dust for added vitamins and minerals. And now – Bentonite Clay. Why add more to your plot??

What’s Bentonite Clay?

Calcium bentonite added to soil or water, disperses into tiny sub-micron particles. These mix with sand and other soil components. The calcium bentonites are reactive materials, and when dispersed have a massive surface area which is also reactive. Soil structure from binding of sand grains into aggregates, ability to hold water, ability to hold and release nutrients, ability to support diverse and healthy bacterial populations and produce healthy vigorous plant growth. See


The time and effort spent in adding soil amendments such as compost, manure or clays such as calcium bentonite will be richly rewarded for years to come. Also see: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/add-calcium-bentonite-soil-83607.html

The New Compost Bays – Steps to completion

Step 1. The trial was well worthwhile. Thanks to John who put it together. From this we learnt it needed to be moved south, the warped pieces of timber can’t be used (and Leon says can’t be fixed) and we will add two extra bays to store the heaps of spare pots we have.

Step 2. Add strings to guide the sides and exact placing.

Step 3. Buy concrete.

Step 4. Carefully concrete in the steel riveted posts.



Our visitors from Forestgate, London.

The have frost and frozen ground to deal with. We have heat but lots of it is all the same.

Heads Up and Looking Ahead

What does this mean about what we can grow?

The Bureau of Meteorology has reported that Adelaide has just had its hottest December on record, for the first time ever Tasmania’s dams have fallen to less than 15% of their capacity, and just a few days ago Perth recorded a maximum temperature of 41 in what once was considered autumn. We are moving into uncharted territory, and our Federal Government with its new Prime Minister still fails to grasp the enormity of it.

Sandra Kanck
National President Sustainable Population Australia



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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