Monthly Archives: October 2014

Hey beansters,

If you’re wandering along one day and you find a wooden pallet (there’s plenty floating around) and you’re feeling creative, you should try making a pallet garden. They don’t take up too much space and are a nice way of gardening up, especially if you have little people and want to have accessible things like strawberries growing out – yum!
Last chance to get in for Barbara’s next workshop on garden planning and soils/composting, more information on the fabulous Antwalk up O’Connor Ridge, and tomato seedling sale that you should definitely get in on.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS

 
DB Spring Excursion Calendar Excursion: Antwalk! 
2:30pm, Saturday 18 October @ O’Connor Ridge (flyer attached)
TIME FOR THIS HAS CHANGED TO 2:30pm
Did you know for example that ants started harvesting resources to use as compost for the cultivation of fungal gardens more than 50 million years ago? And that Australia has over 1500 species of ant? That Canberra houses more ant species than the British Isles? Ants occupy almost every corner of the planet with the exception of Antarctica and a few islands. ANU ant biologist Chloe Raderschall has been studying navigation in nocturnal bull ants, seeking to understand how they use visual landmarks and the sky to navigate between food sources and their nest, what sensory adaptations they need to see in dim light and how their brain processes this information. She will take you on a wonderful journey up in local bushlands to explore the life of ants.
More info in flyer – suitable for children. Please wear enclosed shoes, and if you have a hand lens bring it along.  RSVP by Thursday 16 October.
 
Next Excursion: The Ceramicist Vegan Garden, Saturday 1 November
 
 
Garden Planning Workshop @ the Food Co-op (flyer attached)
with Barbara from Backyard Food
Saturday 18 October, 10am-12pm

Barbara will be looking at the physical aspect of gardens and at soil health – two very important factors in growing good vegies.

Still accepting people although we’re nearly full. Email for payment details and to confirm your place.
 
 
If you’re heading along to this fabulous lifestyle festival, come along for one of our workshops! All three are onSunday 26th October:
10.30am Knitting and Crocheting (Arts Marquee)
1pm Soils and Composting (Workshop Space)
4:30pm Knitting and Crocheting (Kids’ Space)

Merici School Seedling Sale (flyer attached)
Saturday 25 October, 8am-midday
Cnr Limestone Ave & Henty St Braddon
 
The fine tomato growers of the Merici Sustainability Program are selling the products of their hard work! An amazing variety of seedlings will be available, including Black Krim, Green Zebra, Tigerella and Cherry tomatoes – at the unbeatable price of 4 for $10. Go get your spring gardening on!
 
Seed Packing @ the Food Co-op 
Thursday 6 November4:30-6pm

Come help us pack summer varieties – skipping a fortnight in here to allow for exam period (we’re all hardworking students).
 

REGULAR WORK
ING BEES
 

SLC/ANU Organic Garden Working Bees
Saturday 10am-12pm, Tuesday 4-56m, 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
 
Next working bee will be this Saturday 18th October. Last Saturday didn’t have any plants to put in in the end, so it’ll be happening Saturday week. If you’re interested in input on what goes in or want to know more, send us an email and we’ll put you in touch with lovely coordinator Sara.

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

Construction Expert (or just experienced person) needed for Canberra City Farm Site
 
If you know how to build stuff, CCF want to hear from you! Help is needed with construction of the new temporary site in Turner, which is a very exciting stage to be involved in – setting up the hub that the city farm will be! Email them at canberracityfarm@gmail.com.
 
 
Volunteering with DB – Film Organiser
 
Still nobody has volunteered for this 😦 Would be great for next year! There’s a 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.
 
 
THE LAST WORD
 
Natural Sequence Farming (NSF) is this interesting little theory on a way of farming developed by (somewhat controversial) Aussie farmer Peter Andrews. The idea is to rehydrate degraded landscapes in a way that works with nature not against it by reconstructing natural flows within waterways, instead of something like irrigation. Australian Story has done a show on Peter Andrews and he’s written a couple of books.
It’s great for larger-scale farming, it’s not really an urban agriculture thing, but it’s very interesting for our hinterland close-by, our food bowl. Different people are trying it, it’s made its mark on Australian agriculture, and it’s another voice questioning how food is produced – just how do we get past intensive production to healthy productive landscapes?
 
 
In gardening love,
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Meet 1:20pm @ 180 Dryandra Street O’Connor

RSVP to thedirtybeanstalk@gmail.com

Turned up late? Call 0403 668 644

Come along to our workshop!


Please email us to reserve your place and get details – payment is required by Friday 10 October. We may accept people after this date, but we need numbers to go ahead, so if you’re interested please contact us asap – have had lots of interest but not many payments so far.
 

Hello garden lovelies,

Have you ever seen red brussels sprouts? Do you even like brussels sprouts? They’ve been grown in Belgium (well Brussels) since 1200. Now’s the time to grow them in Canberra, and find out if your taste buds are partial to them (hint: they’re for sale at the Co-op)! The red variety have a milder, nuttier flavour than their normal green counterpart, as well as being full of antioxidants, vitamins C & D and folic acid… and are easy to cook.
 
Last chance to get in for Barbara’s next workshop on garden planning and soils/composting, more information on the fabulous Antwalk up O’Connor Ridge, and volunteering opportunities.
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 
Seed Packing @ the Food Co-op 
Thursday 9 October4:30-6pm

Been a bit slim on the helpers last few seed packings, if you’re thinking about coming we’d love some extra help…. for the whole time or come for a bit (and take home some seeds). We have heaps of lovely heirloom varieties in so could be interesting learning also 🙂
 
 
If you’re heading along to this fabulous lifestyle festival, come along for one of our workshops! All three are onSunday 26th October:
10.30am Knitting and Crocheting (Arts Marquee)
1pm Soils and Composting (Workshop Space)
4:30pm Knitting and Crocheting (Kids’ Space)

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

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 and get details – payment is required by Friday 10 October. We may accept people after this date, but we need numbers to go ahead, so if you’re interested please contact us asap – have had lots of interest but not many payments so far.

 
DB Spring Excursion Calendar
 
Next Excursion: Antwalk! 1:30pm, Saturday 18 October @ O’Connor Ridge (flyer attached)
Did you know for example that ants started harvesting resources to use as compost for the cultivation of fungal gardens more than 50 million years ago? And that Australia has over 1500 species of ant? That Canberra houses more ant species than the British Isles? Ants occupy almost every corner of the planet with the exception of Antarctica and a few islands. ANU ant biologist Chloe Raderschall has been studying navigation in nocturnal bull ants, seeking to understand how they use visual landmarks and the sky to navigate between food sources and their nest, what sensory adaptations they need to see in dim light and how their brain processes this information. She will take you on a wonderful journey up in local bushlands to explore the life of ants.
More info in flyer – suitable for children. Please wear enclosed shoes, and if you have a hand lens bring it along.  RSVP by Thursday 16 October.
 

REGULAR WORKING BEES

SLC/ANU Organic Garden Working Bees
Saturday 10am-12pm, Tuesday 4-56m, 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
 

Next working bee will be this Saturday 18th October. Last Saturday didn’t have any plants to put in in the end, so it’ll be happening Saturday week. If you’re interested in input on what goes in or want to know more, send us an email and we’ll put you in touch with lovely coordinator Sara.

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

Construction Expert (or just experienced) for Canberra City Farm
 
If you know how to build stuff, CCF want to hear from you! Help is needed with construction of the new temporary site in Turner, which is a very exciting stage to be involved in – setting up the hub that the city farm will be! Email them at canberracityfarm@gmail.com.
 
 
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 still needs a few more people to practice massage on for a course! Thanks to those who have already volunteered – if you’re interested send us an email and we’ll put you in touch.

THE LAST WORD

 
There isn’t one. But you can spend lots of time checking out this awesome website which is full of fascinating information on every type of plant that ever there was. There’ll be more last words next week.
 
In gardening love,

Rooftop Garden Tour October 2014

This weekend marked the first of our spring excursions and we could not have asked for a better start to the series of events planned for this season. We began close to home in the perfect spring Saturday sun – starting where the roots of The Dirty Beanstalk lay (quite literally!) with a tour of our rooftop garden. It was truly a pleasure to be joined by such a delightful bunch of first-time visitors at this enchanting piece of urban agriculture nestled atop the Food Co-op building.

There were some keen growers/gardeners amongst the group who undoubtedly held a wealth of knowledge and strong commitment to growing food in the most natural ways possible. Although just as importantly there were also those with a keen interest in learning more, with everyone sharing in the chance to see an inner-city growing space in action.

A lot of the discussion focussed on how the soil and plants cope in a rooftop micro-climate often exposed to harsh winds, heat, and potential frost. Brendan talked us through his strategies and gave us a close-up look at his mulching, composting, and watering techniques. For now at least, everything is looking mighty healthy up there!

Some of the highlights included hearing about Peter’s experiments with wood chips in his home composting system (apparently the worms love it!), and Break O’ Day Farm’s John and Vicki describing their revegetation work (and own battles with frost and water restrictions) on their land in Gundaroo. Lastly, what a pleasure it was to witness the excitement and curiosity our youngest visitor Clover displays towards growing food and also find out about her school Kitchen Garden.

In summary, there were no mistakes for this group that it is all about sun, soil and water – the key elements for not only growing our food but for all life, and through our visitors and resident Beanstalker’s coming together we all created the opportunity to grow a bit of community as well!

So, thank you again to everyone involved in making our first excursion extremely enjoyable, full of good company and interesting discussion. We welcome anyone and encourage everyone to join the weekly opportunity to help out/hang out in the garden on Saturday’s from 11 to 1pm. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for fresh chemical-free produce from both the rooftop and Break O’ Day Farm regularly available at the Food Co-op.

Finally, stay tuned as we head further afield for more adventures of the season!

Hello plant-lovers,

If you’re looking for something special to grow this summer, why not try Turkish Orange Eggplants? Apparently they originated in Africa, albeit Turkish in name, and are small, sweet and have a prolific yield. We have some packs at the Food Co-op so come on down and get experimenting!
 
Lots of exciting news this week, including Barbara’s next workshop on garden planning and soils/composting, our Rooftop Garden Tour THIS SATURDAY (!!) and free massage!

 
UPCOMING EVENTS

 
Seed Packing @ the Food Co-op 
Thursday 9 October4:30-6pm

Been a bit slim on the helpers last few seed packings, if you’re thinking about coming we’d love some extra help…. for the whole time or come for a bit (and take home some seeds). We have heaps of lovely heirloom varieties in so could be interesting learning also 🙂
 
 
DB @ Floriade
Tuesday 7 October, 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 and get details – payment is required by Friday 10 October.

 
 
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 (flyer attached).
 
Up next: Antwalk! 1:30pm, Saturday 18 October @ O’Connor Ridge. More details next week.
 

REGULAR WORKING BEES

SLC/ANU Organic Garden Working Bees
Saturday 10am-12pmTuesday 3:30-5pmLennox 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
 
Next working bee will be this Saturday 4th October, going to be doing a bunch of planting with new seedlings so come on down!

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

 
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

 
The Australian permaculture scene is a happening place. The brainchild of Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, permaculture is a (continually evolving) system where agriculture, design, economics, ethics and other elements are considered as integral elements to productive, sustainable lifestyles. To get into learning about permaculture, there’s heaps of books and info online, but a great way is to access one of the many courses around – the standard course being the Permaculture Design Course (PDC), offered at a variety of places including Milkwood,Permaculture College Australia, the Permaculture Research Institute and truly, the list goes on, there are places EVERYWHERE.
 
In Canberra, there’s lots happening too. There’s the Permaculture Exchange, who run courses frequently including the up-and-coming Introduction to Permaculture course at the end of November; Permablitz use permaculture principles and focus on getting unused space (maybe in your back/front garden!) into productive edibles land.
 
If you want to read about permaculture in hard copy, check out Pip Magazine – the first Australian mag truly dedicated to just permaculture! You can pick up a copy at your local Food Co-op too 😉
 
In gardening love,