NewsletterApril 2013
Warners Bay Community Garden

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ProgressCommunity Garden Update

The committee has continued its efforts to progress the community garden plans after our DA was approved.  We are working diligently through the 39 consent conditions of our DA, including: a Vegetation Management Plan, Erosion Sediment Control Plan, Operating Manual, bollards, signage, land use agreement, water testing and more.

We appreciate everyone's patience and ongoing support.


WaterJoin the Water Quality Testing Team
WBCG is committed to protecting our local waterways. We are in the process of setting up a small team to monitor the water quality directly downstream of the future community garden in Bunya Park. Members have the opportunity to be trained in how to measure water quality through the Catchment Management Authority's Waterwise program. Test kits and training are provided free to us. Testing will be on a monthly roster basis. The training will be 1-2 hours, with date and time to be coordinated with participants. If you are keen to learn some new skills and would like to be involved please contact Ben for more information via our Contact Us page. 
StallSeedling Stall - Warners Bay Village     

Thursday 30th May 9am - 5pm
Shop 23 at Warners Bay Village
(the old jewelers shop)

Only available while stocks last !

Our organic seedlings are healthy and easy to grow in the garden, tubs or pots.
Harvest your own fresh veggies and herbs as you need them.  

Our seedlings include: broad beans, cabbage, cauliflower, echinacea, garlic, dwarf blue kale, red kale, Leeks, mignonette lettuce, Hunter River  brown onion, pak choi, rocket, rosemary, shallots, sweet potato, tatsoi, Brussels sprouts and mizuna
MizunaMizuna Now Available    
Mizuna is Japanese for 'water greens' but also known as shui cai, kyona, Japanese mustard, potherb mustard, Japanese greens, California peppergrass and spider mustard. Mizuna has been cultivated in Japan since ancient times, but most likely originated in China.
The taste of mizuna has been described as a "piquant, mild peppery flavor that is slightly spicy". It is good to eat and is also quite decorative, with glossy, serrated, dark green leaves and narrow white stalks. It is a vigorous grower, can look good in flower beds as edging and is adaptable and easy to grow in most soils.

Mizuna and other seedlings will be for sale this Thurs at our stall and at our monthly meeting this Sunday!

Mizuna & Kale Sautéed with Chicken



  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 500g minced chicken  
  • 2 teaspoons canola or peanut oil
  • 1/3 cup carrot, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup brown onion, finely chopped 
  • 1/4 cup water chestnuts, finely
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli paste 
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 bunch mizuna, trimmed
  • 1 bunch kale, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup shallots, finely chopped 


In a medium bowl, mix egg white with 1/2 teaspoon of the soy sauce, garlic and chicken. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Heat 1 teaspoon of the canola or peanut oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add chicken mixture and cook, stirring constantly, 4 to 6 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.  

Heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil in wok. Add carrots, onions, kale and water chestnuts and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add remaining 1 teaspoon soy, chilli paste, lime juice and mizuna and cook, stirring often, until slightly wilted. (The Mizuna should be barely cooked).
Return chicken to wok and toss well. Garnish with shallots and serve with basmati rice or short grain brown rice. Serves 4 to 6.   


PlantingGuidePlanting Veg & Herbs This Month 

Recommendations: Beetroot, Broad beans, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Celery, Chives, Collards, Garlic, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mizuna, Mustard Greens, Onion, Parsnip, Peas, Radish, Rocket, Shallots, Silverbeet / Swiss Chard, Snow Peas, Sugar Peas. 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 subtropical region only. If you have a specific question regarding to planting, please feel free to post it to our Facebook page.  


EntertainmentBooksEntertainment Books  

WBCG is now taking orders for the new 2013-2014 Entertainment Books. We can add your name to our order list and payment can be made when we have the books in stock (early April). 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  

MarketsMonthly Meeting 
Our next public meeting is on Sunday 2nd June at the Lions Club Hall, Sweet Street Warners Bay. Everyone welcome.
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.  
Warners Bay Community Garden Inc.
In This Issue 
CG Update
Water Quality Testing Team
Seedling Stall
Growing Mizuna
 Recipe: Mizuna & Chicken
Planting Guide
Entertainment Books
Coming Events
Seedling Stall
30th May 9-3pm
Warners Bay Village

Monthly Meeting
Sun 2nd June, 2pm-4pm
Lions Club Hall,
Sweet Street Warners Bay