NewsletterSeptember 2013
Warners Bay Community Garden

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TriviaTrivia Night Success
Our recent Trivia Night was a huge success which raised over $700 to go towards the construction of the Community Garden. Well done to the "Share Our Park" team who took out the first place in the contest. Everyone had a fantastic time and the whole event was a credit to the coordinators. 
CommitteeMeet The Committee  
Our last meeting also included the Annual General Meeting in which our office bearers and committee members were elected.

Office Bearers
Steve Taylor
Ben Henley
John Jarvie
Julie Butel
Committee Members 
Collis LeaneyHelen BarlowShelley WilsonTrish Jarvie

If you have any questions for the committee, please feel free to use the Contact Us page on our website and someone will be in touch as soon as possible.  


SeedSavingSeed Saving Tips  
Seed saving can be complicated but if you start with these solid tips you'll be on the path to saving and sharing quality seed:
  1. Know your seed. Don't save seeds from a hybrid variety (often labelled as "F1" in catalogues or seed packets). They won't grow "true to type" to the original parent, and the next generation of plants will be highly unpredictable in overall type, quality and flavour.
  2. Save information, not just seed. Keep good records from the start. The information you pass on is as important as the seed. Make note of the common and Latin names; dates of planting, plant maturity, and seed harvest; whether off-types were culled; population size and isolation distance; and any other important observations about the variety.
  3. Watch for cross-pollination. Different varieties of crops of the crops of the same species can cross-pollinate, producing offspring with different characteristics than the original variety. To keep a variety "pure", you should plant in isolation to minimise the chance of crossing. Crops that are wind or insect pollinated (often called "outcrossers") require a greater isolation distance from other varieties of the same species than those that self-pollinate (often called "selfers"). 
  4. Consider plant  populations - numbers count. To maintain the genetic integrity of a variety, it's important to save seed from a diverse population of individual plants. The optimum population size differs depending on whether a variety is wind or insect pollinated, or self-pollinated.
  5. Choose ideal plants for ideal seed. Healthy, vigourous plants are more likely to produce healthy, vigourous seed. Save seeds from disease-free plants to help prevent seed-borne disease. Also, collect seeds from plants that show ideal characteristics (shape, colour, dates to maturity) that match the variety's description.
  6. Make it last. Good storage practices will increase the long-term viability of your seed. Store only seed that has been checked for pests and is fully mature and dry. The storage area should be dark, dry, cool and protected from pests. 
Source: Seed Matters - 


FestivalLiving Smart Festival
The annual LMCC Living Smart Festival is fast approaching and the WBCG stall will once again be there with loads of fresh seedlings just in time for spring! Learn about the latest trends in sustainable living while having fun shopping at eco stalls, listen to live music, feast on yummy foods and entertain the children with free games. The Festival will feature Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, the Lake Macquarie Farmers Markets and Council's native plant giveaway (bring your rates notice).
For more details visit :

Date: Saturday 28th September, 8am - 2pm
Location: Speers Point Park

PlantingGuidePlanting Veg & Herbs This Month 

Artichokes, Asparagus, Basil, Beans, Beetroot, Cabbage, Capsicum, Carrot, Celeriac, Celery, Chilli, Chinese cabbage, Chives, Collards, Coriander, Cowpeas, Cucumber, Daikon, Eggplant, Fennel, French tarragon, Horseradish, Jerusalem Artichokes, Leeks, Lemon Balm, Lettuce, Marrow, Mustard greens, NZ Spinach, Okra, Oregano, Parsnip, Potato, Pumpkin, Radish, Rhubarb, Rocket, Rockmelon, Rosella, Rosemary, Sage, Silverbeet, Spring onions, Sunflower, Sweet corn, Sweet Marjoram, Sweet Potato/Kumara, Thyme, Tomato, Turnip, Yacon, Yam/Oka, Zucchini.For more planting advice see :  

Note: Newcastle is 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.  


MizunaMonthly Meeting
Please note that there will not be a public meeting in September due to Fathers Day. The next meeting will be Sunday 6th October.
Date: Sunday 6th October, 2-4PM
Location: Lions Club Hall Sweet Street, 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.  
Warners Bay Community Garden Inc.
In This Issue 

Trivia Night
Meet the Committee
Seed Saving
Living Smart Festival
Planting Guide
Monthly Meeting
Coming Events 

Living Smart Festival  
Sat 28th Sep, 8am-2pm
Speers Point Park 

Monthly Meeting
Sun 6th October, 2pm-4pm
Lions Club Hall,
Sweet Street Warners Bay