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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

What's on in February

If there's a time your available to spend time at the garden and you want company, let us know. Here are the times people will be there in February.

A special mention for 21-22 Feb, don't forget, even if you aren't volunteering to help at Karen's Open Garden in Pascoe Vale, come along and check it out for inspiration and information!

Sun 8th Feb     10am - 1pm - Communal Crew working bee **
Fri 13th Feb     10ish - Friday Meetup **
                         6pm - dark - Food Forest - Summer Fruit-tree pruning tutorial (and practice)
Sat 14th Feb     2-5pm - General pottering**
Fri 20th Feb     10ish - Friday Meetup **
Sun 22nd Feb   9am - 1pm - Garden & Gather and Food Swap **
                         (note the time change for Dec, Jan & Feb)
Fri 27th Feb     10ish - Friday Meetup **
Sat 28th Feb    10am - General pottering

Sessions marked with ** will have someone who can provide advice and direction on Communal Crew activities.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Cinnamon Banana Muffins

Communal-Crewer Kim provides this delicious recipe that the WBCG sampled at the last Garden and Gather.

Cinnamon Banana Muffins

1 tsp ground Cinnamon
40g of Coconut Sugar or Rice Malt Syrup to taste
300g ground Almonds (Almond Meal)
4 Eggs
80g Coconut Oil
2 ripe Bananas

Mix all ingredients together until well combined.
Divide mixture into greased muffin baking trays.

Cook at 180 degrees for 15-25 mins (cooking time depending on the size of the muffin tray)

A bitter and sweet Garden and Gather.

Welcoming new faces, saying goodbye to Thomas and cake
The incredible Compost Cake
Grace's Hedgehog
Below: Apple Cake make with
Apples from the Food Forest
Sunday the 25th saw 2015's first Garden and Gather. It was a bitter sweet gathering, as we of the WBCG bade farewell to our dedicated Compost King, Thomas.

Thomas has been the stalwart of the Composting Crew who has coaxed, crooned and lovingly aerated the WBCG to a fecund chocolate richness for over two years. Thomas now is moving back to his native UK. He will be sorely missed. In honour of the day, Libby created her own 'compost cake', which was a incredible feat of baking-based engineering. The compost cake joined a hot of other treats which where proffered by the attendees.

Now, it should be said that we don't spend all the time at the Garden and Gather eating.

This month, the list of jobs wasn't long but it was full of important and lengthly jobs - namely watering, turning the compost, attaching hessian sacks to the fence, harvesting zucchini the size of toddlers and cleaning up and tending the Food Forest next door.

Wind-breaking Hessian Sacks
The hessian sacks on the fence, seen [left] with Julia and Grace doing the watering, are there to help create a wind break. If anyone had ANYTHING growing through those windy days in early January, they know that wind can be worse than lack of water!

The one that got away
All who attended shared the loot: Amazing cakes, good company, more zucchinis, more tomatoes, snake beans and delicious Red Kuri pumpkins.

The 5-year-old-size zucchini was left to its own devices and will be harvested for seed.

The next garden and gather will be on the 22nd of February.