Any fresh homegrown food including eggs, preserves (ingredients attached) compost, mulch, seeds or seedlings. Nothing to share? bake a batch of biscuits (ingredients attached) and check out our beautiful garden. (further details below)
Food swaps have taken off in many parts of the world. They are fun, sustainable, community building, healthy and free. Meet the neighbours, eat seasonal fruit and veg, reduce food waste, save transport costs and emissions and stretch the budget.The exchange aims to promote swapping of all home grown produce including fruit, veg, preserves and eggs. Food swaps are held at Dig-it every third Saturday of the month. Next food swaps will be held April 21st, 19th May, 16th June For futher details contact Lorraine Martin - firstname.lastname@example.org or Maree Schurmann 5975 6014
Jane Edmanson's visit
What a fun time we all had when Jane Edmanson came to visit us for filming of a 'food swap' segment for Gardening Australia to be screened late May. Jane and her crew were very impressed by the garden and the folk they met and as they left they thanked all who participated for their friendship, food, hospitality and knowledge shared.
Annual General Meeting
We have a new committee to take us into what is going to be a very exciting 2012. Keeping the troops in order is Maree Shurmann as President, backing her up as Vice President is Julie Howell. Lorraine Carlton holds the purse strings as Treasurer and Russell Ardley is our Acting Secretary. Rob Schmidt, Claire Harden Lorraine Martin and Kim are our general committee members. A great team who will need a fair bit of support this year as we are embarking on some really big projects.
Tidy Towns Award
Tidy Towns 2012 -Award Applications close shortly
Open Day photos
Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc. 2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours. 3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance. 4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area. 5 Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!! 6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!! 7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explorers for quick meals to thwart off starvation. 8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water. 9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone! 10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams. 11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath. 12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean. 13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls.
Next meeting at the Garden
Our next general meeting will be on Sunday May 20, 2012 at 12 noon at the garden - we hope to see you there at the meeting as well as to share lunch. Come along and put in a couple of hours' work on the communal parts of the gardens from 10 am and bring a plate to share for lunch. We'll put the kettle on and chat about what's been going on. This is a great opportunity to meet other gardeners and also do your bit for the Gardens.