23 February 2015

Bushfire preparedness - excellent information and workshop opportunities coming up

West Hobart residents are invited to a couple of workshops which will be especially useful for those who have missed the previous WHEN bushfire preparation events.

Firstly, this Wednesday evening at South Hobart Primary School:

Bushfire Survival Plan Workshop

7.30pm Wednesday 25 February

A chance for you to learn about bushfire risk and to make a plan.
Free event, all welcome.
Facilitated by Tas Fire Service.

Enquiries to Lesley King, 6225 8504, or lesley.king@fire.tas.gov.au.

Secondly, this workshop at the Waterworks:

Waterworks Bushfire Ready Event

1.30pm, Sunday 1 March

You are invited to attend a bushfire survival plan workshop presented by the Tasmania Fire Service, Bushfire Ready Neighborhoods program and various guests.

Topics presented will include:
  • bushfire history and weather
  • bushfire danger ratings
  • emergency alerts and warnings
  • the local community protection plan
  • nearby safer places
  • evacuation centres
  • emergency kits
  • community phone trees
Waterworks Reserve, shelter site 8 (west end of the reserve).

Afternoon refreshments provided and there will be bushland activities for the kids.

Enquiries to Lesley King, 6225 8504, or lesley.king@fire.tas.gov.au.

21 January 2015

Planting notes for February, and an ad!

Here are Greg's planting notes for February, and also a plea for help from Julie. She's seeking a companionable garden helper who would like a couple of hours of paid work.

FEBRUARY              Week 1   Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Turnip (last chance) x
Cauliflower  P to G x
Spinach x x

Garden help required in West Hobart.
My garden is out of control and would like  someone to help me for 2 hours per week for the next few months.
General weeding and maintenance. I supply equipment. Just require care, enthusiasm and a bit of plant knowledge. I'll be working alongside. 
Its a paid position so please contact me on juliepayne2@bigpond.com and let me know your hourly rate and experience.

30 December 2014

Gardening notes for January 2015

Dear Gardening Friends
Well here we are again, at January.

My garden is yielding the best crop of boysenberries ever; the rain has made them larger and juicier than ever - my favourite berry.

Here are the January notes. Happy gardening:

JANUARY Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
French Bush Beans (last chance) x
Swedes (last chance) x
Turnips x x x
Shallots/Spring Onions x x
Lettuce (last chance to grow to decent size) x x x
Cauliflower   P to G x
Cabbage  P to G x
Brocolli  P to G x
Cabbage (direct seedlings small style cabbages) x x x
Cauliflower x
Lettuce - last chance before winter                   x x

With an eye to the rest of summer and potential bushfires, remember to clean up around your house - such as creepers and bushes under your eaves and give some thought to your bushfire plan. There is a lot of information at this website:

Best wishes for a fulfilling 2015.

22 November 2014

The Hobart Symposium - for all those who love gardens and gardening

The Lenah Valley Garden Club has arranged the Hobart Symposium for Sunday 15th February 2015 at the Tasmanian Hockey Centre (Bell Street, Cornelian Bay).

It is a whole day of thinking, talking and learning about gardens and gardening, with lots of interesting presentations from experts like Tino Carnevale and Jennifer Stackhouse.  

24 October 2014

Sustainable Living Festival, 8-9 November, PW1

Come and celebrate and GET CONNECTED.

Now in its 16th year, the Sustainable Living Festival has long been the highlight of the Tasmanian event calendar.  At SLF 14 we proudly present our first ever Saturday Night Party (in cooperation with friends MONA and Cygnet Folk Festival). 

At the festival we’ll have informative talks and hands-on workshops, cooking demonstrations, expert advice, live music, delicious food & drink stalls and art installations. We also have a number of fun kids activities lined up for our youngest festival visitors. The aim of this event is to provide inspiration and practical solutions to living sustainably and help nurture connections between individuals, organisations, ideas and the ecosystems which allow us to flourish.

So Get Connected and join us on 8th-9th November to get inspired and celebrate! 
10am - 4pm each day.

Why don't you ride down there?  Free, secure bike parking will be available, provided by Bicycle Network Tasmania.

For more information check out www.slt.org.au/festival.

For further information please contact: Michele Matthews, Marketing and Promotions  
03 6234 5566 or email michele@slt.org.au

20 October 2014

Vote for the Council you want

Just a reminder to get your vote into the mail so that it is received before 10am on 28 October.

If you haven’t received your ballot, contact the Tasmanian Electoral Commission on 1800 801 701.

All the Hobart Aldermanic positions are being thrown open this election which reduces the quota a candidate needs to be elected, improving the chances for new blood on the Council.

Local councils are at the forefront of the issues we care about: climate change adaptation and mitigation, renewable energy and energy efficiency, sustainable transport, waste minimisation, our native plants and wildlife, transparent financial management, the arts, social equality and caring for others.

If you are interested in sustainable transport, Bicycle Tasmania has conducted a candidate survey on this topic, and their assessment is here.

Vote for people who represent your views!
Thanks to Suzy Cooper for this brilliant graphic!

07 October 2014

Ride 2 Work Day, Wednesday 15 October

Ride2Work Day is fast approaching.  Ride2Work Day is Australia's Biggest National Riding Program,  encouraging people to contemplate, prepare for and try out riding to work, then to maintain that behaviour after the event. 

Ride2Work has seen a dramatic increase in the number of people choosing to ride to work, with an amazing 60 percent of new riders registered in 2013 still riding to work when they were surveyed five months after Ride2Work Day.

To get you motivated there will be a community bicycle breakfast before work with a spread of little breakfast tasters, tea and coffee and newspapers.

Hobart: The free Ride2Work Day Community Breakfast will be held at Mawsons Place between 6:30am-8:30am, with food provided by Bakers Delight, Australian Bananas, and cafe coffee by Shoebox Cafe. 

To register for Ride2Work Day via Bicycle Network (registering will help you prepare for your ride and put you in the draw to win a great selection of prizes), click here: https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/programs/178/ 

Here is the Facebook event if you would like to "join" there and see if any of your friends are going: Hobart event.

If you would like some tips on how to get started, visit: www.startriding.com.au, or if you have a specific enquiry, drop a line to Bicycle Tasmania on info@biketas.org.au.

06 October 2014

October's gardening notes

Sorry, hope these notes are not too late for your early October gardening energies!

And don't forget that Eve's Garden is open every Sunday now.  Her vegie and flower seedlings are just beautiful.  14 Petty St, West Hobart.

OCTOBERWeek 1Week 2Week 3Week 4
Beetroot - large direct sowing for winter Feb to Oct.x
Carrot - large direct sowing for winter Feb to Oct.x
Shallots/Spring onionsxxxx
Sweetcorn - pregerminate then sow directxxxx
Lettuce - Direct seeding and punnet to ground.xxxx
Runner Beans xxx
French Bush Beansx
Tomatoes - outdoors punnet to groundx
Zucchini- pots to ground. Put juice bottle over plantsxxx
 - pregerminate then plant in glasshouse in protected area
Leeks - for harvesting Feb to October. Plant a lot.xxx
Zucchini - pregerminate and plant in pots in propagator.xxxx

05 October 2014

Natureland in West Hobart!

Goulburn Street Primary School is inviting interested residents to the opening of the outdoor learning area:

                         A place to learn and a place to explore for the whole community.

                          Saturday, 1st November at 10 am.    RSVP:  Friday 17th October
                           to 62341884 or Goulburn.street.primary@education.tas.gov.au

The opening will be followed by a Village Green FAIR,    all welcome,   from 10.30 am till 2.30 pm.

Sounds fantastic!

WHEN's new Gardening Friends Group

A gardening group is a great way to connect with others in the community, improve your gardening skills and knowledge and perhaps even grow more food at home!

Those interested in the possibility of starting up a new gardening group are invited for coffee and tea to meet each other and discuss the idea at 3.30pm on Saturday 11th October.  Please contact trinehooper@live.com for address details if you are interested in attending.  

All welcome.