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

StevenHoepner

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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Wicking beds at Thebarton College

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

Sustainable House, Sustainable Garden

Sustainable House, Sustainable Garden, presented by John Boland and Chris Bryant on 22 April 2017, was the 2nd in this year’s free Grow Grow Grow Your Own workshop series. These workshops are provided by Sustainable  Communities SA’s Unley Community Groups with funding support from the City of Unley.

This was a really successful session attended by over 120 people. Anne Wilson opened with advice on what to plant in the garden right now. Then Chris Bryant took us through their garden at Felixstow – the swales (no water leaves the property), the techniques for watering trees (partial drying of the root area) and the enormous variety of trees and vegetables they grow on 1000 square metres. John Boland outlined the changes they had made to the house – some forced by necessity (white ants meant that most of the cladding and some of the inner walls had to be replaced – hence an opportunity to put in large amounts of insulation), their use of gully breezes and verandahs with gaps to allow air flow plus solar systems etc.

The next workshop, 3pm Sunday 28 May 2017, on Raised Verge Gardens is now open for registrations – see our Facebook page for details.