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.

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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

For the love of trees

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The green canopy of these beautiful River Red Gums soften and enhance the suburban landscape in Victoria Avenue, but for how much longer we do not know. An application has been submitted to council for the removal of these trees.

Between a human and a tree is the breath. We are each other’s air.  –
Margaret Bates

 

There is a wild beauty in the statuesque older trees that thrust their limbs skyward above our suburban dwellings. These trees provide numerous benefits to humans for free and without any demands, except perhaps to be allowed to live. Sadly more and more of our big old trees are disappearing from suburban areas and in most places big tree species are no longer being planted. Undoubtedly this urban forest adds value and prestige to areas like Unley and if we don’t act now to halt the loss of trees, in a generation all our Adelaide suburbs will resemble stark concrete deserts. Yet most people fail to even notice the demise of these trees, some of which stood tall and proud before Europeans even set foot on this land.

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