2017 was a year to trump all years, so far.
We kicked off the year with a variety of seedlings, perfect for autumn planting. This was followed by the Sustainable Living Festival where we featured Olwyn sharing how to repurpose throwaway containers for use in the garden such as a wicking planter from a broccoli box (styrofoam) and seedling pots from old newspaper. And a new swap on the 4th Saturday of the month in Heathmont. In March, we are starting to reap the warmth of summer. It was also an eventful month with the Wonga Park swap moving to Warranwood and the Celebrate Mooroolbark Festival.
We had some lovely colours in April, with red chillies, yellow peppers, orange cumquats, purple kohl rabi, blue salvia and black muscat. It was also the month that Mooroolbark swap turned 1! There were apples, persimmons and strawberry guavas to follow in May. And a sauerkraut demo in the Heathmont swap.
At the start of winter, Julie showed us how to get a head start for spring plantings in DIY greenhouse built from repurposed materials. We then celebrated the 5th anniversary of OEPS in July with a lovely pumpkin cake thanks to Kirsty. The following month we learned about edible weeds and medicinal herbs from Emily. The Warranwood swap also celebrated their 2nd anniversary with a bush food talk.
In September, we were informed about the threat of the Queensland fruit flies by Bronwyn, the Queensland Fruit Fly Regional Coordinator for the Yarra Valley. With increasing sunshine, the spring harvest continued to increase. And the highlight in November had to be the giant pepino! Unfortunately, we had to cancel the December swap and Swap Kringle at Bayswater North due to severe weather warning. I hope everyone stayed safe indoors and no one attempted to turn up and didn’t find anyone there.
After missing a month, I look forward to catching up with everyone in the new year and sharing our excess and permaculture adventures again!