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,
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