Shinehub Community Solar Program

This may be of interest to some of you:

The SA Community Solar Program is available to anyone who owns a home in or around Adelaide – and signup closes on 2 December 2017. By getting lots of people in one area to go solar at the same time, we can ensure you get the best possible deal.

The program is running several community information sessions and is offering $0 down deals on solar and battery systems through partnership with several pay as you go companies. Repayments are supposed to start at $17/week for solar and $30/week for solar and battery systems, you’ll be able to save from day one without paying anything up front.

For more information on sessions and the program see the Shinehub website.
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Foraged Food

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.

Group gathered to learn about foraging for food

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.

Fruit trees: pruning, planting and diseases

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 peter.croft@mmc.com.au or phone 0401 122 547 to ensure your place

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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.

Electronic Recycling Australia

By Anne Bunning
Thought I’d let you know about Electronic Recycling Australia’s (ERA) bins (branded Unplug N’Drop) for anything vaguely electronic. There are 23 Unplug N Drop bins around metropolitan Adelaide, as well as several rural locations around SA.
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.

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