SWAP SHOP EAT REPEAT – Saturday 13th September 2014
Celebrating the garden’s 4th Birthday, an exciting event for everyone.
All funds raised go towards events like this and the garden’s needs.
Find the garden or contact the organisers – Click here

SWAP – Register now for the ladies clothes swap, please visit;
(Price – Gold coin donation payable on the day)
Registration is only for planning purposes of the clothes swap.
(MVCG won’t use registration list for any other purpose or share). SHOP – MVCG Membership stand
Join on the day and get extra bonus and member discounts at the event.
Prices hereUpside-down tomato plant
Make your own to take home at our workshop, everything supplied.
($10 non garden members, half price garden members)
(Time to be confirmed)
What is an upside down tomato plant? Click me for video.

Good prizes, drawn on the day (Tickets $2 each or 3 for $5)
Choice of prizes if there when drawn. More to follow with thanks to our supporters:

Aluz Remedial Therapies, P: 9982 2058  1/846 Pittwater Road, Dee Why
1 hr Facial x 1 Voucher
1 hr Relaxation Massage x 1 Voucher

We use these products at the garden and love them.
Starter kits x 3

Garden Set x 1

EAT – Available for sale at the event.

Tasty collection of cakes
Made with love from the community gardeners

Sausages, onions and selection of breads/sauce etc
(Price $3 Sausage sandwich – Half price for garden members)

Home-made lemonade
MVCG’s famous lemonade made on-site. We may even let you have a go at squeezing the lemons (how fresh is that?)
(Price – free for children, adults donation)

REPEAT – Do it all again, but wait, there’s more…

Art with Angela Van Boxtel
Children can make a masterpiece that may end up in the garden or take home (Time to be confirmed)

Chickens are visiting. 
Big thanks to New Leaf Nursery for the loan of some chickens for
our event. Highly recommend this Nursery for all your needs, great supporter of our garden.
Phone: 02 9913 3709
Fax: 02 9970 8590
Email: info@newleafnursery.com.au
Web: www.newleafnursery.com.au
224 Powderworks Rd (Cnr Wilson Ave), Ingleside,  NSW

Northern beaches native bees talk with Dan Smailes
From 2pm, bee there!

Live Music
(To be confirmed)

More updates to come…latest edit 1/9/14

Why not check photos from our previous events.


Upside-down tomato plant


Angela Van Boxtel – Street Art


Native sting-less bees

Swap Shop Eat Repeat

SWAP SHOP EAT REPEAT – Saturday 13th September 2014
Celebrating the garden’s 4th Birthday, an exciting event for everyone.
Come along and CELEBRATE with the 4th Birthday of the Manly Vale Community Garden on Saturday 13 September! Lots of fun stuff to do as well as a clothes swap, yummy food, play and art for the kids, lots of plants, and learning about the garden.
AND of course Angela will be there too, to make some lovely ECO ART with the kids!


Saturday, 13 September 2014 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM


Event Details

SWAP SHOP EAT REPEAT – Ladies Clothes Swap Event

Bring up to 10 pieces of ladies’ clothing and/or accessories to the Manly Vale Community Garden on Saturday 13 September 2014. All items must be clean and in good condition. You may take away up to the number of clothes you bring, for gold coin donation.

How it works

Time: Register your items onsite from 9.00am. The swap will start at approximately 10.00am.

Please note, this will be a partly outdoor event, run by community garden volunteers. Any leftover clothing items from the day will be donated to Lifeline Northern Beaches for sale in their charity op shops.

All money raised will go to the Manly Vale Community Garden Inc.

To register go to    http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/swap-shop-eat-repeat-event-ladies-clothes-swap-tickets-12573968077


The chickens are coming to our 4th birthday on the 13th Sept! Big thanks to Daniel at New Leaf Nursery, Ingleside. No, we won’t be eating our friends, they are coming for a play date. www.newleafnursery.com.auThe chickens are coming to our 4th birthday on the 13th Sept! Big thanks to Daniel at New Leaf Nursery, Ingleside. No, we won't be eating our friends, they are coming for a play date. www.newleafnursery.com.au

Post adapted from Angela van Boxtel’s blog. and David Sawyer’s posts.



The Art of Composting and Worms

Thu 24 July, 10am
Sun 27 July, 10am
Kimbriki Eco House and Garden, Terrey Hills
Free. Book on 9486 3512
Warringah residents who attend receive a free worm farm.

National Tree Day

Sun 27 July, 9am to 12pm
Dee Why Beach
Meet on the North side of Dee Why Surf Club
Join us to create wildlife corridors and enhance the dunes at Dee Why Beach.
Entertainment for the whole family plus a free sausage sizzle.
Wear a hat, covered shoes, long sleeved shirt and pants.
Free, no need to book.
For more information, email Nicole McVicar

Dogs Big Day Out

Sun 24 Aug, 10:30 to 2:30
Frenchs Forest Showground, Blackbutts Road
Check out the Eco Van native animal display, and indulge in all things canine.
Free, no bookings required.

Stony Range Spring Festival

Sun 24 Aug, 10am to 4pm
Stony Range Botanical Garden
Pittwater Road, Dee Why
Guided walks, native plants for sale and a free sausage sizzle.
Free, no bookings required.

You know when I was a kid, more than 50years ago, the Sydney region climate was classed as temperate. Now we are definitely sub-tropical.

The good thing about growing your own, is that you can create micro-climates in your gardens and grow plants with different climate requirements at the same time.

So this list is for sub-tropical Sydney from Gardenate http://www.gardenate.com/plants

Broad beans; Fava beans, Beetroot, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Celery, Chicory, Chives, Collards, Endive, Garlic, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard greens, Onion, Parsnip, Peas, Radish, Rocket, Shallots; Eschalots, Silverbeet; Swiss Chard, Snow Peas; Sugar Peas.

You can also click onto this blog’s planting guide pages for more information.

Happy Gardening



  • 4 cups packed nasturtium leaves
  • 2 cups packed nasturtium flowers
  • 1 1/2 cups olive oil 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups walnuts or almonds or macadamias
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese


  • Pick a basket full of fresh, healthy leaves and flowers without any blemishes. If your plants aren’t blooming yet, using only the leaves is fine too.
  • Thoroughly wash and dry the leaves and flowers; tear larger leaves in half
  • Add the leaves, flowers, garlic, olive oil, nuts, and Parmesan to a blender or food processor.
  • Blend all the ingredients until the mixture is smooth.
  • Ladle the pesto into small jars, refrigerate. It should keep for up to two weeks.
  • Can be frozen


Nasturtium is known for its warm cheerful flowers which are often used as a culinary garnish. All parts of the plant are edible, and have a peppery taste similar to watercress. Sow nasturtiums around the base of fruit trees to deter codling moth, woody aphids and borers. Alternatively, make an insect controlling spray by infusing nasturtium leaves in boiling water. Nasturtium is also grown as a companion plant to vegetables to improve pest resistance.



from Northey St City Farm News – JUNE 2014

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