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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Kirsten extolls the benefits of azolla.

No need to rewrite this. Kirsten says it all. A quick summary:
Now’s the time to sow these seeds direct into the garden:
•Arugula (rocket)•Beetroot•Bok choy•Corn salad•Florence fennel•Kohlrabi•Lettuce•Mizuna•Mustard Greens•Pak Choy•Spinach•Swiss chard (silverbeet)•Tat soi
Transplant seedlings into garden beds now for:

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