July Newsletter   
Next Monthly Meeting - Sunday 3rd July

We look forward to catching up with you at the monthly meeting of Warners Bay Community Garden. Hope you can come along for a cuppa, a chat and a catch up with friends.  

Gold coin donation for hall hire welcome.  

 

2pm - Sunday 3rd July 

Warners Bay Lion's Club Hall

Sweet St, Warners Bay 

 

Afternoon tea provided. Children, New Members and Friends always Welcome!

 

The Monthly WBCG meeting is a great opportunity to show, tell and share! 

 


Belmont Library Talk and Display 28th June


Tuesday, 28th June at 11.30am Belmont Library - 19 Earnest Street Belmont.

 

 

Join WBCG members for a talk and information on our community garden plans for Bunya Park and activities of our group.


Members from Belmont Neighbourhood Centre will talk on Belmont Community Garden and Men's Shed.

Warners Bay Community Garden, Belmont Community Garden and Men's Shed will share a display at the Library.

 

Local schools have provided the posters, craft and art work for our display.

 Children's pictures

Warners Bay Committee and members sincerely thank the children and staff from:

 

WARNERS BAY PUBLIC SCHOOL

 

ELEEBANA PUBLIC SCHOOL

 

JACARANDA GROVE PRE-SCHOOL

 

WARNERS BAY EARLY LEARNING and CARE CENTRE

 


Visit Belmont Library to see our display from 21st June to 1st July.

 

Library Open     Mon & Tues.............  9 -  7

                       Wed, Thurs, Fri........10 -  6

                       Sat........................... 9 - 12

 

Ph: 4945 4329

 

More information contact Trish patriciajarvie@hotmail.com    Ph: 49471821

Warners Bay Primary School - KIDS GARDEN CLUB

The fun of "Kids Garden Club" (KGC) began on 30th May with a very soggy start. The children made newspaper pots and started growing cress seeds on cotton wool balls instead of working in the vegetable garden. We have now decided to be "fair weather" gardeners, so KGC won't be running on wet and horrible days.

So far we have fertilised, mulched and planted a tray of mixed beans and peas which were donated by WBCG. The children have also planted spinach and carrot seeds, and some garlic gloves. We are planning to organise a fund raising event at school to assist in the purchase of more compost bins.  

On Mondays KGC meet at 3.30pm & 4.00pm at the vegetable garden and Friday at 1.30pm. All WBCG members are welcome to talk about vegetable growing tips or just to have a look.

Kids Garden Club WBPS 

Rebecca Kelly

 

Lake Macquarie City Council

Free Workshop

Backyard Gardening - grow your own food

 

Wednesday, 6th July. 10.00am to 1.00pm

Teralba Worm Farm, off Griffin Road, Teralba.

 

This brief introduction to backyard gardening will cover aspects of permaculture design and garden set-out as well as propagation, and planting schedules to ensure a variety of food for your family.   It may well be a start towards a resilient future for you and your family.

 

Car pool - if you need a lift or can offer a lift 

please contact Trish - patriciajarvie@hotmail.com Ph : 4947 1821

 

PLANTING VEGETABLES AND HERBS IN JULY

  

Strawberry plants can go into the garden in July.

It is also time to plant beetroot, lettuce, mustard greens, onion, sugar peas, snow peas, radish and shallots.

 

 Full Planting Guide for July click here

 

Growing Guide for July click here

 

GROWING GUIDE for STRAWBERRIES

 

Strawberries like well drained soil with plenty of humus. To prepare your bed, dig in some compost before planting and possibly use a liquid fertiliser during the growing season. Well fed strawberries taste better. To protect the fruit from moulds, use some form of mulch around the plants. Straw, pine needles, or black plastic are all suitable. Mulch will also help suppress weeds. Protect your plants with some sort of netting or bird scarer or you will lose most of your crop.

Strawberries are best grown in a bed on their own.

 


COMPANION PLANTING in JULY

For good results grow together beetroot, onions, silverbeet, lettuce, cabbage, dwarf beans, dill and peas.

Hint: Avoid growing beetroot with asparagus, carrots, sweetcorn an spinach.


More companion plants here

Culinary Hints 

 

Beetroot

 

Beetroot

Apart from boiling whole for salads, beetroot roast well, cut in wedges. 

They also make a tasty salad grated raw with carrot and a little fresh orange juice.

 

Cabbage

 

Young spring cabbage can be chopped and added to salad greens.
Steaming preserves the goodness and flavour of cabbage.
Can also be used in stir-fry.
Red cabbage chopped and cooked with brown sugar, red wine, onions, vinegar

and stock is served with boiled bacon or pork.

 

Peas

 peas

Raw straight from the pod in the garden is best!
Raw in salads.
Steamed lightly.
Small pods can be steamed whole.

 


Get more involved with WBCG   
 

SEEDLING GROWERS!

We currently have 3-6 monthly seedling growers. More are very welcome and needed, all materials provided along with advice and support. Go on, give it a go! A patch of sun and a watering can is all you really need. You'll love sowing seeds, seeing the first green shoots come up, and marvelling at the new seedlings unfolding.
 

SEEDLING POT MAKERS

We have 3 potmakers who prepare newspaper pots for our seedling growers. More are very welcome and needed. Wonder how they are made? Watch this YouTube clip of Steve making them! (Click here)

VOLUNTEERS for composting needed!

 

VOLUNTEERS willing to transport people to/from meetings, events please contact Trish.  

(Someone is needed in Eleebana at the moment please).

 

MEMBERS needing transport to meetings/events, please contact Trish.



If you can assist with any of these roles, please contact Trish, phone 49471821, 
or to email click here.
Membership   

A new family membership rate is now available, for just $30 for two adults (children free).  

 

Current annual membership rates are:

 

$20 - adult

$10 - concession, health-care card holders

$10 - students (Uni/Tafe),

$30 - family (2 adults)

FREE - children up to 18yrs 

 

'Current Membership valid until we commence work at Bunya Park'

 

Membership fees contribute towards such things as insurance, garden materials, market stalls and advertising. Financial Members have access to additional topics in the online forum.

Warners Bay Community Garden Inc.
ABN: 49 117 244 067