NewsletterMarch 2013
Warners Bay Community Garden
Greetings!
Belmont Garden Party 
Habitat In Harmony is having a celebration of its achievements in the last year, and Warners Bay Community Garden is invited. We will be hosting a stall at the party too. Home made pizza, market stalls, face painting, garden tours, fresh produce from the garden, a big raffle, and a huuuuge colouring in competition for the kids.

Wednesday march 13th, 5pm. All welcome!

The raffle! 1st Prize 40cm Flat Screen TV
2nd Prize $100 Bunnings Voucher
3rd Prize $50 Vegie Box from Jewellstown Fruit Shop

The garden will be open and decorated with fairy lights, visitors are welcome to stroll around the garden and check it out. The Belmont CG will be selling fresh produce from the garden including their famous Rhubarb, Tamarillo's, Eggplants, Beans and other fresh organic veggies

Stalls are still available if your local business or community group would like to participate in our market. Get in touch with Belmont CG if you would like more information. The colouring in competition has exploded with several schools getting involved, totalling over 500 kids! Bring your kids along so that the winners can claim their prize!
Council Progress 
Committee delegates met with council recently to discuss the various DA approval conditions and schedule to start building the garden. There are still some documents to prepare and submit for council approval but the wheels are in motion!
Out and About  
WBCG held a street stall last Wednesday outside the Warners Bay Newsagency at Warners Bay Village. Our organic seedlings were very popular with the friendly shoppers. We had many requests to do the street stall again. Thank you WBCG volunteers who grew the seedlings and worked on our stall.
 

Farmers Markets  

Catch us at the Speers Point Farmers Market on Saturday, 9th March - 8.00am - 1.00pm. We will have a large variety of in season, organic vegetable and herb seedlings available. Order your copy of the new 2013-2014 Entertainment Book from Trish or John. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Entertainment Books  

WBCG is now taking orders for the new 2013-2014 Entertainment Books. If you order and pay for your book before 28th March you will receive 6 Bonus offers for new businesses in the book. Bonus vouchers can be used from now until 1st June 2013. Bonus offers are limited - first in first served.
Alternatively, I can add your name to our order list and you can pay for your book when we have the books in stock.
Books cost $60 of which $12 supports the Warners Bay Community Garden.

 

Payment Options

 

Payment online with Internet Banking - place a direct deposit into our Account. See Account details below.
For Internet Banking please provide your name in the reference field of your bank transaction so we can identify your membership payment!

Payment by cheque - please make it payable to Warners Bay Community Garden and post it to the following address:
Warners Bay Community Garden
PO Box 561
Warners Bay NSW 2282

Payment in person - at the Newcastle Permanent Building Society - deposit payment into our Account Number as shown in details below:

Bank: Newcastle Permanent Building Society
Account Name: Warners Bay Community Garden
BSB: 650 000
Account Number: 987345807

 

Payment to Trish or John can be made at our market stalls / meetings / or arrange to visit Trish at 30 James Street Warners Bay.- 49471821  

Planting Veg & Herbs This Month 

Recommendations: Beans, Beetroot, broccoli, Capsicum, Carrots, Chilli, Chives, Cucumber, Eggplant, Leeks, Lettuce, Okra, Onions, Oregano, Parsley, Pumpkin, Radish, Silverbeet, Squash, Sunflower, Swedes, Turnip, Zucchini. 

 

For more planting advice see :  

Note: Newcastle on the border of the temperate and subtropical regions and as such, local weather conditions may need to be factored when deciding what to plant. This planting advice provided here is as per gardenate.com subtropical region only. If you have a specific question regarding to planting, please feel free to post it to our Facebook page. 

Baba Ghanoush
If you've been pouring your horticultural love and attention into your eggplants this season, do them justice with this delicious middle eastern dip!

1 large eggplant    
1/4 cup tahini, plus more as needed    
3 garlic cloves, minced    
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, plus more as needed    
salt, to taste
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 pinch ground cumin
  1. Preheat an oven to 190C.
  2. Prick the eggplant with a fork in several places. Using tongs, blister the eggplant skin over an open flame such as a gas burner or charcoal fire until the flesh just begins to feel soft (10-15 min).
  3. Transfer the eggplant to a baking tray and bake until very soft, 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven, let cool slightly, and peel off and discard the skin.
  5. Place the eggplant flesh in a bowl.
  6. Using a fork, mash the eggplant to a paste or blend in a food processor.
  7. Add the 1/4 cup tahini, the garlic, the 1/4 cup lemon juice and the cumin and mix well.
  8. Season with salt, then taste and add more tahini and/or lemon juice, if needed.
  9. Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl and spread with the back of a spoon to form a shallow well.
  10. Drizzle the olive oil over the top and sprinkle with the parsley.
  11. Serve at room temperature with olives and toasted pita chips or crackers.
Public Meeting
The March meeting of Warners Bay Community Garden has been cancelled. The next scheduled public meeting with be Sunday 7th April at 2:00pm, Lions Club Hall Warners Bay.
 
If you'd like any more information on the activities of the Warners Bay Community Garden please call or email Trish.
Click here for contact details.  
 
Sincerely,
Warners Bay Community Garden Inc.
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