This coming Sunday 22nd is our Summer Solstice Party from 5-6pm. Husbands/wives/partners and children are invited. Bring a plate of food and drinks to share. Please bring your own plates, forks, knives, cups.
With water restrictions in place 24 members were busy on Sunday with watering cans. We need members to come on Tuesdays and Thursdays to water either before 10am or after 4pm. On Sundays it would help if you can bring your own watering can. There is a list of beds on the white board in the shed. Tick off a bed once you have watered it.
The summer garden is looking fantastic despite the drought (photos).
Our tomato season has started! We picked the first ‘Tommy Toe’ and ‘Yellow Current’. We also harvested our first cucumbers of the season and lots of beans, more silverbeet, perpetual silverbeet, zucchinis, Warrigal greens, radishes, cos lettuce, spinach mustard Komatsuna, mizuna, rocket, ruby and golden streaks, basil, chillies, French sorrel, French tarragon, land cress, parsley, pizza thyme and mint. We planted some more basil seedlings and spread out crowded cosmos seedlings.
Good news is that the Council has agreed to our request regarding kitchen waste and will trial a 120L food scrap bin in our garden. It will happen in the New Year. We have to write a Safe Work Method Statement to put in our Management Plan.
We have 4 chilli plants growing in the garden. Three are cultivars of Capsicum annuum namely ‘Jalapeno’, ‘Santa Fe Grande’ and ‘Joes Long Cayenne’ and one cultivar of Capsicum frutescens named ‘African Birds Eye’ also known as ‘Piri Piri’. All belong to the Nightshade Family Solanaceae. For chilli aficionados in our group we go back to 1912 when Wilbur Scoville devised a pungency or “hotness” scale measured in Scoville Heat Units (SHU) for capsaicin concentration, the ‘hot’ chemical in chillies. Our mildest is ‘Santa Fe Grande’ about 1,000 HSU, then ‘Jalapeno’ ~3,500 HSU, ‘Joes Long Cayenne’ ~50,000 HSU (Tobasco sauce is 30,000) and our hottest is ‘African Birds Eye’ at 100,000 HSU.
Free Composting and Worm Farming workshop: Saturday 8th February 9:30-12:00. Put on by the Green Living Centre at Camdenville Paddock Community Garden, Newtown.
Register at: https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/explore/whats-on#/details/26809