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After numerous phone calls, I found a local farmer wanting to sell his old fruit crates.  We purchased six on the spot, as finding these beauties are becoming harder and harder (he has other crates to sell, so message me if you want the details).

We intend turning these crates into wicking garden beds – the goal is to source all second hand materials for the job.

What is a wicking garden bed? Basically it is a ‘water reservoir’ built into the bottom of a raised garden bed.   So through capillary action (or wicking) plants are watered from the bottom.

Check out the video I created on wicking beds for the Green Square Growers.

Photos & update posts to come……

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Lately I have been saving any slightly stale bread, that previously would have been given to the compost or worms.

The current movement to rethink throwing useable leftover food out, has inspired me.  Even though it has been many years since any of our kitchen organic waste went to landfill (thanks to our compost,  worm farm and bokashi bins)  we can still improve on not wasting food. 

It is relatively easy to come up with creative and retro ideas to reuse food that normally is destined for the bin.  Making our own gluten free bread crumbs was an idea inspired from this baking failure…..

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……a gluten free bread that didn’t rise well, making it very tough to eat (I was trying a new cooking method).  Instead of feeding the worms with my baking disaster, I decided to turn this ‘loaf’, along with other bread leftovers, into bread crumbs.

Of course as all bread used was gluten free, the bread crumbs will also be gluten free.   This same technique can also be used for gluten bread.

Start by adding cut up bread pieces onto an oven tray.

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Bake on a low heat for an hour (I set the oven to 75 degrees C).

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Allow to cool then add to a food processor.

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And the result.

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Apparently dry bread crumbs will store in a glass jar or canister for up to a year.

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Much better use for left over bread (our worms have plenty to eat anyway).

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It is again time to plant the newspaper garden pot seedlings straight into the patch.

As mentioned previously,  this job is so easy and fun for children to do.  Just dig a hole and plant the seedling and newspaper pot all together.  As the roots of the seedlings are not disturbed,  the success rate for the plant thriving is increased.

I have been planting broad bean seedlings this week.  Before I started planting,  I  added some chicken manuer and compost to the soil in preparation (dig it in, all together).

The broad bean seedlings were planted into a circular formation. Bamboo stakes positioned behind each seedling then tied together at the top, to resemble a teepee.  The stakes will support the plants as they grow.

Then I added some pea straw as a mulch.

Very simple.

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In recent days, I may have noticed an unexpected benefit of planting seeds into newspaper garden pots.

As my newly planted seeds are mostly not netted, the annoying introduced black birds often scatch and dig at the soil looking for food and hence damage my plantings.  When planting my seeds straight into trays or pots, this is what the black birds do.

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However interesting that my newspaper garden pots have again been left untouched by those pesky black birds.

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The broad bean seeds have germinated and are growing well.  Time to plant the pots straight into the ground…….

If you are around the Green Square Markets this Saturday, come say G’day.
 
We (the Green Square Growers) will be set up in front of the information kiosk at the Markets.  Making paper garden pots with children (or big kids) at the markets.  Children will then fill their pots with soil and choose a seed to plant in their pot.  Of course children then take their pots home to care for and love.
 
Where are the Green Square Markets?
Gadigal Ave, Zetland (Joynton Park)
 
Where will we be?
In front of the information kiosk
 
What time will we be there?
10.30am to 12noon 
 
Everyone is most welcome to join in – bring the kids.  Or just pop by and say G’day.
 
Green Square Growers installs edible garden patch at Tote Park, Zetland - Green Square
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Professional photographer and entrepreneur now living in a semi rural town South of Sydney, Australia. Wife. Mother. No longer wanting to use the excuse of 'being too busy' to care for the environment, animal welfare and my community.

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