For your DIARY:

Art Class. This Monday 13th Feb.

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle 23rd February

Activity Day – April Fools Day

What’s been happening

The Sundowners

Weeds in the garden

Water Irrigation – hold your breath


Toilet key lost

Lots of pickings in the garden


Waste council trip


Art Class – this Monday 13th Feb

Jo is putting on an art class for novices and master artists.

More details later but here is some information.

Time: 9-11 am. The first class is 13th February

Materials: Bring what you like to use. Some may be purchased.

Cost:  $12 Includes use of the Community Garden tea and coffee etc.

Contact Jo, Mob 0498 813 440

(More details later)

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle 23rd February

Our most successful fund raiser is happening again, (we cancelled the last one due lack of key people)

Still room for a few extra hands so contact Pat  Ph 8294 5689 our fearless coordinator who will love you for this.

Old hands know the day turns out to be chatty and pleasant.

Activity Day – Saturday 1st April

A special meeting of all members is called for this Saturday.

We will start at 09:30 and do something. Then we will have a member orientation (what is useful for you to know as a member in the Community Garden).

12:00 a BBQ with all the trimmings.

More news nearer the time.

The First Sundowners

This was a social only meeting . It is often very pleasant in the garden as the sun is setting particularly at this time of year. So we will do it again. Stay tuned.


Some of the guests. (Actually, the homo sapiens is an archive photo)

Edna’s Flowers Blooming

Here are some sunflowers grown from the seeds given out at her funeral. Happy memories.


Weeds in the garden

They seem to spring up everywhere. It seems I’m fighting a losing battle.


Water irrigation – hold your breath

We really, really hope the Measured Irrigation system will function nicely now. Bernie spent hours diagnosing and rebuilding the logic. Seems the problem was a drop in voltage as a result of a worn out battery among other things. We now have a new cable to bury. The cable is stronger and less voltage drop. And it stands out better.

Now on tank water.  Shame that we were unable to save and use the recent rains.

A rather handsome heap, the biggest made these last 4 years.


The compost will benefit from egg shells. They are a natural additive of calcium in the soils. Crush very small and toss into the compost.


Despite the best of intentions, these secateurs just won’t compost down. Best stick to plant matter.

Do check that all tools are in the shed when you leave.

Toilet key lost and safety.

The toilet key was lost for several weeks. It was handed into Bob at the Community Centre who was most concerned we might get awkwardly cut short. And lose his key for which we are responsible. Please take care to return it.

Have a care for safety. Obstacles and sharp objects in the garden need to be dealt with.

Also putting things away after use means you will know where it is when you need it. See the secateurs photo in the compost.

Lots of produce in the garden

We netted the nectarines. Please take about 6 with you now. That way all members will be able to enjoy them. Some have bruises, use a knife to clean them up and stew? Maybe next year we will get our act together and have more fruit trees protected. When the nets come off, we might cast them over the figs which look like they are coming along well.


Recipes in season

At this time of the year there can be a surplus of different vegies especially things like cucumbers. Pam’s two recipes may give you some ideas about what to do with surplus.

Bread and Butter pickles (proven and approved last Thursday‼)

This is a classic old pickle recipe but still very popular

5 large Lebanese cucumbers cut into 5mm slices

2 small brown onions, halved and thinly sliced

1 tablespoon salt

375ml (1 1/2 cups) apple cider vinegar

215gm (1 cup) caster sugar

2 teaspoons mustard seeds

2 teaspoons coriander seeds

Large pinch of ground turmeric


Place the cucumber, onion and salt in a bowl and toss to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight to soften.  Rinse the cucumber mixture in a colander.  Pat dry with paper towel

Place vinegar, sugar, mustard seeds, coriander seeds and turmeric in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Cook, stirring for 3 minutes until sugar has dissolved.  Add the cucumber mixture and bring to a simmer

Transfer the mixture to clean dry glass jars.  Seal and invert for 2 minutes.  Set aside for 1 day for flavours to develop


Coconut, cucumber and Tomato salad (courtesy Stephanie Alexander)

Mix cubes of cucumber and tomato with a little finely sliced red onion and freshly chopped chilli.  Dress with lemon juice or rice vinegar and add salt to tast

Garnish with torn basil leaves and a generous sprinkle of fried coconut.

Fried coconut

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

4 cloves garlic finely chopped

4 spring onions finely chopped including green tops

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 ½ cups desiccated coconut

Pinch salt


Heat  oil in heavy based pan and fry garlic and spring onion for 2 minutes. Add spices then coconut and salt.

Lift and stir really well to mix flavours and cook until coconut is a rich brown.  Allow to cool completely then store for up to a week in screw top jar.

To freshen tip required quantity into a dry frying pan and stir until warmed through.

Cheers Pam

Waste council trip

Holdfast Bay Council is running a Waste Bus Tour, (yep it takes you to all the places that our Red, Green and Yellow rubbish bins go to). Maxine says a tour is really worth while. So we think we will make it a Community Garden event.

Names to Michael to book. We better get in early.
Waste Bus Tour, Thursday 20 April from 10.30 to 2.30pm


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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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