If you’ve popped by the garden recently you might have spotted a few new additions…
Inspired by a recent Gardening Australia story on lizard lounges and bee hotels, Thomas has been building some new habitat in the garden to encourage some extra beneficial critters to visit the garden.
Two weeks ago after a massive composting session, garden members participated in a Bokashi making workshop with Penny from Wollongong Botanic Gardens.
In an effort to increase the productivity of out compost heap and to get things breaking down a bit faster Penny has suggested we add bokashi to the mix.
Bokashi is a Japanese composting technique that uses lactobaccili inoculated organic matter (in our case rice and soy bran among other things). This mix is then left to ferment and is soon teeming with all sorts of yeasts and bacterias that will accelerate the breakdown of our compost heaps.
This bokashi preparation has now been fermenting for a week and will be slowly added to new compost heaps as they are built.
We’ll keep you updated on how implementing the bokashi into our composting system goes and in the mean time keep a look out for our new composting page which will provide an overview of our composting system, preparation of buckets and drop off full containers.
Thanks again to Donna for organising our workshop with Penny!
The plan is to fire up the pizza oven twice a month. Tuesday arvo/evening and the first Sunday. These days will also coincide with garden meeting/discussion. We will need to be a bit organised, so please suggest (via email) what part you could play……ie dough, toppings prep, wood collecting, cooking, cleanup, letting people know, entertainment, photos, meeting prep etc…
As Jeanne is heading back to Holland next week, we will have a farewell pizza party and try out the new oven. Come along on Saturday, from 11.30am. Bring a pizza topping, a drink an a few sticks of dry hardwood. Musical instruments welcome.
Completed the insulation layer, prepared the render mix (with the ‘musical mud stomp’ -music of the highest standard- thank you Mel, Rob, Oden, Matilda and Tom) for the outer layer which we will apply this week. (Last day: places available apply to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sharon cooked up a great soup on the rocket stove. This is absolutely the best way to build!
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