by Peter Croft and Dinali Devasagaym
The Grow Grow Grow Your Own group ran a Foraging workshop on 20 August 2017 with guest presenter Kate Grigg. It was a terrific event with 60 people turning out on a cold, overcast afternoon to find out more about out edible weeds, including several who came all the way from Ballywire, a farm near Edithburgh on Yorke Peninsula.
Anne Wilson led a lively Q&A session about problems faced by gardeners, then Kate took us for a tour of the grounds of Fullarton Park. Within 15 metres we found our first edible weed, chickweed, followed within metres by dandelions, milk thistle, shepherds purse (a brassica), prickly lettuce, mallow, flick weed, nasturtiums, peppercorns from the pepper tree and smooth mustard. All edible and highly nutritious. I was most surprised to know that mallow makes a good spinach alternative!
While Kate does not suggest we actively grow these plants, as many of them are serious problems in native bushland and on farm properties, it makes a lot of sense to harvest and eat the ones that pop up on their own in our gardens.
The group will present a follow up session with Kate in May 2018. Stay tuned for a date.
Free Grow Grow Grow Your Own Workshop
Saturday 8 July 2017
1.30pm at Morrie Harrell Reserve, Ramage Street, Unley for a pruning demonstration
Please register at email@example.com or phone 0401 122 547 to ensure your place
Pruning to create an espalier fruit tree
The Unley Council has generously agreed for a fruit tree at the Morrie Harrell Reserve to be pruned by Steven in the workshop. Then at 2.30pm, walk around the corner to Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur Street, Unley for afternoon tea and advice on selecting, planting, growing and harvesting fruit and nut trees. The workshop will be conducted by Steven Hoepfner, an experienced orchardist and local garden developer.
By Anne Bunning
Depositing all your electronic stuff is free and they really take anything from the batteries inside the radio to CDs, mobiles, cables, mouses, to the more obvious things like laptops and TVs. The best thing I saw were the insides of traffic lights – the arrows and the body shapes. The basic rule is – if it is domestic, plugs into a power point, uses a charger or is powered by battery ERA will take it.
On Wednesday 7 June 2017 Sustainable Communities returned to Thebarton Senior College to give students a workshop on creating wicking boxes as part of their Environment Expo. Barb, Mahima, Trevor and Monica, joined other organisations in the gym with a display and information.
Thebarton Senior College has many students who are new arrivals – refugees, overseas students or migrants. Many students were interested to see what we did and were interested in having vegetable gardens at home. Many also live in flats so are interested in growing some herbs in a small space. Continue reading