Hello beanies,

Well hasn’t the weather been gorgeous – hope your frost-sensitive seeds have been punneted, and the sun has given you inspiration! If not, there’s still time… otherwise, for non-frost sensitive vegies, pop in some beetroot, celery or leeks.
 
We have lots of exciting news this week – the beginning of the spring excursions calendar, back at last, talks at Floriade, and most importantly, seed packing! Also, we have another of Barbara’s fantastic workshops on, so if you’re keen check it out and send us an email.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS

 
Seed Packing @ the Food Co-op 
Thursday 25 September4:30-6pm

This week we need lots of helpers! Come help us lovingly package the life that goes in the ground – come for the whole time or come for a bit (and take home some seeds).
 
 
DB @ Floriade
Tuesday 30 September, 10am
 
We’re there next week talking about building healthy communities and doing a tour of the Urban Agriculture Australia display – come say hi, check out the flowers and the AMAZING urban agriculture beds – they have aquaponics, no-dig beds, composting systems, food forests, chickens, everything…

Garden Planning Workshop @ the Food Co-op (flyer attached)
with Barbara from Backyard Food
Saturday 18 October, 10am-12pm

We have another one! Last one was a great success, thanks to all who came and demanded more. This time Barbara will be looking at the physical aspect of gardens and at soil health – two very important factors in growing good vegies.

Please email us to reserve your place – payment is required by Friday 10 October.

Eatology: The Science of Eating

6-8pm, Thursday 25 September, Manning Clark Theatre, ANU
 
Brought to you by the Environment Centre, this event comprises of three knowledgeable speakers who are going to talk about soil, health and food. It’s on this Thursday, so book your tickets here: it’s free!!
 
DB Spring Excursion Calendar
 
First excursion: Rooftop Garden Tour @ Lena Karmel Lodge (Food Co-op building). 12pm, Saturday 4 October. No RSVP necessary, meet in the co-op at 11:55pm, 3 Kingsley Street Acton.
 
Full calendar details coming out early next week, stay tuned

REGULAR WORKING BEES

SLC/ANU Organic Garden Working Bees
Saturday 10am-12pm, Tuesday 3:30-5pm, Lennox Crossing

This lovely educational garden by the lake makes for a great place to spend an hour or two on a sunny Saturdaymorning. Check the facebook page for updates.

 
 
DB Bush Foods Bed @ the SLC Organic Garden
10am-12pm, every second Saturday @ Lennox Crossing
 
Thanks to everyone who helped last Saturday – the bed’s looking clean and beautiful. Next working bee will be onSaturday 4th October, might even do some planting!

DB @ the Rooftop Garden
Food Co-op, 11am-1pm Saturdays, Kingsley St

The Rooftop Garden grows herbs and some vegies in the difficult micro-climate up there in the wind and heat. Great for sunny days, come help and take some produce home.


OTHER NEWS/OPPORTUNITIES

Free kombucha and kefir!!

If anyone is interested in making their own kombucha, the tasty, fermented ‘miracle fungus’ drink your guts will love, DBer Rodney has offered to give a free scoby to anyone who is keen to try their hand at it. Contact him at rodney_martin2006 at yahoo dot com dot au.

We also have another member, Sadie, who is making lots of milk kefir and has offered it for free (maybe in exchange for something else yummy!) to anyone who might be interested. Contact her on u4469589 at anu dot edu dot au.

 
 
Volunteering with DB – Film Organiser
 
So there’s this great Pedal Powered Cinema we have access to at the co-op (some of you will be acquainted with it already), and of course there’s many, many wonderful garden and earth-health related films out there, which we’d love to show! If you’re an organising person who loves films and plants and has some time to invest, we want to hear from you! Can be short or long term, email us for details.

Shhhhh….. secret gardens

 
Guerilla gardening may be back. Email us your phone number to go on our very secret list, we’ll text you when there’s action.
 
Free Thai Massage
 
Our lovely blogger Saaro needs people to practice massage on for a course! If you’re interested send us an email and we’ll put you in touch.

THE LAST WORD

Weeds, perhaps the most underrated and under-utilised plants around! Many of these plants we see as pesky annoying invaders of our gardens are actually tasty, free, and sometimes medicinally useful greens! And of course, there’s lots of them.
This great article on edible weeds calls them the ‘rock stars of the plant world… they live fast, procreate a lot and die fast’. Because of that, they tend to not spend much energy on producing toxins (mostly), and also have to harvest nutrients, often from poor soils, making them hardy and nutrient rich. Ribwort, for example, a common weed in Canberra, is high in selenium and calcium! Or dandelion, which has a million medicinal uses. You can even make liquid fertiliser from weeds. Get out there and start harvesting your new friends!
 
In gardening love,
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