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What’s on at the Mullulm Community Gardens this month? How can you get involved?
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The month of September has been full of activities down at the gardens. If you haven’t made it down recently, pop in to say hello and come join in the fun. Over the last month, there was a great working bee on the bush regen site where weeds were identified and the site was prepared for the next tree planting session around the compost toilets. A workshop was also held in the children’s garden to build another raised garden bed using cement, sand and sawdust. We had a LETS information exchange day, many new people for the Tuesday very-yummy-communal-lunches (thanks Pippy J) and the cob oven has been fired up for a few baking sessions.

Welcome and thank you to our new members and volunteers who have joined Mullum Gardens over the last month, especially to Sian and Jess Poulson who have joined the Food For All POD and to Terry Gray who has taken on the volunteer position of site manager three days a week. Anyone interested in particular projects or areas in the gardens should enquire about existing PODS to get involved with.

Photos left to right: FFA artichokes are almost ready, Roddy cuddles Anushka in the vegie patch, and our composting toilets are now beautifully painted thanks to Georgie.

LIVING SOIL- FOOD FESTIVAL Sat 27th October
Sainttina De Moleay, our new Living Soil – Local Food Festival Co-ordinator has been working hard organising the festival which will be held on Saturday October 27th. The themes of the event will be Adventure, Discovery, Wisdom and Education and Sainttina hopes to have teams of at least two people delegated to each of these. Successful festivals help the gardens grow so get involved and be part of this exciting, fun project. To offer your support and ideas in the lead up or on the day, please call Sainttina on 0402 170 846.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
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* Bales of straw available onsite for $5.50. Please pay using the FFA donation boxes, and mulch will now be delivered regularly thanks to Byron Tree Service
* Biochar is now available at the Safe Seeds Shed $10/kg
* There are only a few allotments left, so hurry if you would like one but haven’t yet made moves to get one!
* Liberation Larder needs volunteers to help collect left over fruit, vegetables & other groceries from a wide range of local businesses & cook more than 100 nutritious meals per week for locals who are in need as well as meals for number of community centres to give to clients who may be in crisis or housebound. For more info on how to get involved, check out their website here (http://www.liberationlarder.org/ ) .
* Minutes from all MCG General and Committee Meetings are available on request. Please send an email to mullumcommunitygarden@gmail.com (mailto:mullumcommunitygarden@gmail.com) with the subject line “Committee/General Meeting Minutes Request” if you’d like to receive them.

REGULAR ACTIVITIES
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TUESDAYS
Volunteers Day with Communal Lunch (for volunteers or by donation) @ 1pm, All Welcome, Contact Volunteer Coord: Pippy on 0411 835 663Come along and help with Living Soil-Food Festival Preparation, Spring planting, creative painting, biochar infrastructure construction and meet some great like-minded people.
The office is open from 10am-4pm, so Tuesdays are also a great day to come down and sort out allotment, membership paperwork or payments.
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WEDNESDAYS
Qi Gong 9.15-10.15am ($2 donation), @ MCG, Contact Kaye 6684 4248
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THURSDAYS
Volunteers Day with Sharon Gibson and the permacultrue POD, come along, help out and learn from Mullums local budding permaculturalist guru’s, Text Sharon on 0434 190 730​.
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SATURDAYS
Office is open 11am onwards, Pippy is onsite for volunteers and members of the public.
1^st Saturday of every month- Biochar charring 1pm
4th Saturday of every month- MCG General Meeting 11am-12.30pm
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GARDENING TIPS FOR OCTOBER
Citrus care- Its a great time to give your citrus tree’s a little TLC. The Bronze orange bugs, otherwise known as stink bugs, are here. The young pale green nymphs appear in winter, their colour changes through orange to bronze as they grow to adults. They can be serious pests in some areas, causing flower and fruit to drop by sucking on the stalks. Hand removal is possible, use a bucket of hot water to knock the bugs into. Wear protective goggles, long sleeves and gloves as the caustic fluid squirted by these bugs is very dangerous and painful, particularly to the eyes. For more info on citrus care look at greenharvests (http://www.greenharvest.com.au/GreenGardenNotes/OrganicCitrusCare.html) website.

Bronze orange bugs on kaffir lime tree

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What grows well in October?
Asaragus, Capsicum, Chilli, Choko, Cucumber, Eggplant, French beans, Lettuce, Okra, Pumpkin, Radish, Rockmelon, Rosella, Squash, Sweet Corn, Sweet Potatoe, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Zucchini.
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Moon Planting Guide for October
Here’s a summary of when to do what if you’d like to try planting with the moon this month…

Waning Moon is 1st–15th:
* harvesting to store,
* transplanting,
* weeding and pest management,
* compost making,
* compost turning,
* storing herbs and seeds,
* drying seeds and herb flowers,
* plant below ground crops.

New Moon (15th):
* weeding and pest management (14th-15th),
* pruning to encourage growth.

Waxing Moon is 16th-30th:
* planting,
* harvest leafy greens to eat straight away,
* harvest cut flowers to last,
* take cuttings and sow seed,
* mow to strengthen the lawn,
* compost watering,
* repot and groom houseplants.

Full Moon 30th:
* sow seeds close to full moon,
* prune to discourage growth.
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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Tuesday 2^nd
Volunteers Day 10-4pm with communal lunch, contact Pippy (volunteer Coordinator) on 0411 835 663.
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Children’s Garden Meeting @ 3.30pm Sensory Garden, Playground & Food Festival program, Call Andrea 0431458534.
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Farm for the Future Film Screening @ 6.00-8.30pm
Wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family’s farm in Devon. With the help of pioneering farmers and growers, Rebecca explores ways of farming without using fossil fuel and learns that it is actually nature that holds the key to farming in a low-energy future.Our special guest will be local farmer and TAFE teacher in Organic Farming, Dave Forrest, who will give us an update on the current situation in the Northern Rivers and Q & A. Supper provided by MCG catering at 6pm.

Where: Council Chambers Mullumbimby
Cost: Gold coin donation
Volunteers Needed: Catering at Jeannette’s 1 – 5.30 26 Coolamon Scenic Drive, Mullumbimby
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Friday 5th
MCG Stall @ Mullum Farmers Market 7-11am
We need four people to help set up tent, promote the MCG and the upcoming LIVING SOIL-FOOD FESTIVAL on OCTOBER 27, hand out flyers, provide local sustainable information, sell planting guides, local soap, loofah’s, safe seeds and assist with pack down at 11am. Contact Sarah- Jane on 0415 167 284.
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Saturday 6^th
Global Day of Play will be held at the MCG on Sat 6^th to join the kids and schools all over the world participating in this awesome initiative which aims to foster and nurture children’s imagination through creative projects made from cardboard. Whether you have kids, your friends have kids or you’re just a big kid yourself, come down with your cardboard invention and join in the fun. For inspiration, check out this short You Tube video www.cainesarcade.com (http://www.cainesarcade.com/) . Contact Jeanette on 0412 322 255 to help promote, prepare and participate in this fun event.
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Biochar Charring @ 1pm
Come along and learn about Biochar and how to produce it. You can also join the Biochar facebook site here (https://www.facebook.com/MullumbimbyCommunityGardensBiocharPod?ref=hl#!/MullumbimbyCommunityGardensBiocharPod) for if you have questions or want to get involved. Contact Don on 0459175729.
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Tuesday 9th
Uki Garden Club -Food Group tour of MCG @ 9.30-10.30am
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Friday 12th
Byron Community College & Adult Learning Association tour of MCG
– 80 visitors @ 1.30-2.30pm
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Saturday 20^th
MCG GENERAL MEETING 11am-12.30pm (special date due to festival).
All Welcome. Come along and contribute. Tea and nibblies after.
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Saturday 27th
LIVING SOIL LOCAL FOOD FESTIVAL 10am-4pm,
Stalls, Info, Activities for kids, Workshops, Great food (of course) & Music.
Call Sainttina on 0402 170 846 to get involved.
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Tuesday 30^th
TREE PLANTING @ MCG with local bush regenerator Dave Rawlins- The partnership with MCG, Brunswick Valley Landcare, Byron Shire Council and the Mullum Music Festival continues. We have already planted near the creek and are establishing a bush tucker garden. To further improve ecological values and protect the riparian area we will plant on the banks of Saltwater Creek to the east of the bush tucker garden. Come help us on Tuesday October 30th plant and nurture the trees. Anytime from 9am to 1pm, followed by the delicious volunteers lunch. For more info call Dave 0410019997.
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