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GARDEN VISIT - FREE

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GARDEN VISIT - FREE

Time: January 24, 2016 from 10am to 12:30pm
Location: Lissa's garden
Street: ADDRESS SENT TO THOSE WHO HAVE/WILL RSVP 21.01.16
City/Town: Strathpine
Phone: 0414445581 Lissa
Event Type: free garden visit
Organized By: Lissa
Latest Activity: Jan 25, 2016

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ADDRESS SENT TO YOUR EMAILS 21.01.16

SUNDAY 24TH JANUARY 10.00 AM TO 12.30 PM

We'll kick the year off as usual with a visit to my garden.

Flat walking area good for anyone with mobility issues. Good street parking.

I live on a small suburban block with lots of maturing fruit trees and raised vege beds. Gradually every inch, including the verge out front, has been converted into growing space.

I follow a simple ethos with gardening of KISS. Follow nature as closely as possible. No chemicals.

I compost directly in my beds as nature does. When the raised beds need replenishing I start with a layer of green - chopped up depleted crop plants, grass clippings or general garden trimmings topped with composted horse poo (general compost or garden soil will do) and plant directly and immediately into that. I plant closely to create a dense layer of growing material to self mulch and keep roots cool.

I encourage natures helpers (birds, wasps and other insects) to set up shop by providing water and insect attracting plants.

I keep honey bees and native bees. Thanks to Bob the Beeman I now have viewing panels on my SNB hives. My honey bees live in a top bar hive with a viewing panel also. Fascinating to watch them work.

I don't pretend to be expert at anything - I've only been growing food for 5yrs and it's a constant learning curve.

I often try out plants new to me to find out what will grow well in my area. Walking Stick Collard Greens are the latest "find".

EMPTY JARS WANTED ALL SIZES

Lucky number draw for a jar of freshly harvested raw honey on the day.

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GUEST SPEAKER

Ismail from Nutri Organics is coming along to give a short talk about his product. He will have some for sale on the day if anyone is interested. I'm told $15 per 25L bag.

Check out his website HERE.

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IT'S GOOD TO HAVE A VARIETY OF PEOPLE REPORTING ON THESE GV'S TO GIVE DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES. LOOKING FOR A VOLUNTEER TO TAKE SOME PHOTOS ON THE DAY AND WRITE UP A MODEST REPORT IN THEIR OWN WORDS. ANY ONE LIKE TO OFFER?

NO PHOTO JOURNALIST SKILLS REQUIRED.

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Children welcome but must be supervised by parents at all times.

Please bring a small plate of food or drink to share and any plants, produce or seed that you want to share, swap or sell.

RSVP required for the address to be sent closer to the date to the email address you nominated when you joined.

Late attendees welcome. Message Lissa or phone 0414 445 581 on the day for the address.

WANT TO HOST A GV OF YOUR OWN?

It's easy. Check HERE read the blurb and contact Lissa.

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Comment by Lissa on January 25, 2016 at 18:01

Sorry you were unable to come too Rob, but it sounded like Phil had you covered :)

Comment by Nova & Carl Robertson on January 24, 2016 at 22:03

Thank you for today Lissa, We very much enjoyed ourselves today in your garden. Look forward to seeing you and the other keen gardeners at Beachmere. Thanks again.

Comment by Rob Collings on January 24, 2016 at 19:47

I'm sorry I missed another great GV.

Comment by Christa on January 24, 2016 at 19:33

We had a special day with a special lady.  Thank you Lissa, for being a giving person.  You did not hesitate to share your wares.  We saw some plants that were new to us, and also some ideas on how to prepare them foodwise, i.e. nopales, maranta, pepino and much more.  I must admit to pinching a bit of grey leaf sage.   The wonderful array of items on the swap table, could make any gardener happy.  I came home with so many things, hopefully one day soon, I will be able to share with some new gardeners too.  Thanks Phil for the seeds and plant which I have been looking for, for a while, and Michael Hoff for the solanum plant, which I will have to investigate a bit more.  Thanks Cheryl for the galangal which I relieved you off as soon as you entered the door.    The bees were busy and it was good to see your top bar hive and native stingless bees. 

What a friendly group of gardeners we are! Thank you.

Comment by Lissa on January 24, 2016 at 17:41

No worries Barb :) though you missed an excellent day.

Comment by Barbara Tealby on January 24, 2016 at 9:33

Hi Lissa, Sorry can't make it this morning after all - unexpected visitors. Hope to see everyone at Dave's place,

Cheers

Barb

Comment by Lissa on January 23, 2016 at 16:20

I put it down to being the beginning of the year and everyone is suffering withdrawals from chatting with other gardeners lol.

Plus I am giving away some honey and we do have a guest speaker.

Down to 28 now anyway.

Comment by Phil on January 23, 2016 at 13:19

You are just too popular for your own good Lissa. Hope your garden survives...

BTW if anybody wants a trunk cutting (not too thick but long) of a potted Moringa tree let me know and I'll bring it along. Meant to be easy to propagate from cuttings but so far I haven't had great success - I've found Aibika much easier.

Comment by Lissa on January 23, 2016 at 7:09

Okaaaay. Just counted up how many people are coming tomorrow and including one of my workmates and a lovely lady and her daughter who aren't yet members plus our guest speaker, we have 30.

And that doesn't include kids.

Some of you might like to bring along seats to sit on :)

Comment by Lissa on January 23, 2016 at 6:55

Guest speaker - Rob and I met with Ismail last weekend. A very interesting man with an interesting product (I'm yet to try it out). He will give a 15min talk and answer any questions.

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