May 2011 Newsletter   
Next Monthly Meeting - Sunday 1st May


We look forward to catching up with you at the monthly meeting of Warners Bay Community Garden. Hope you can come along for a cuppa, a chat and a catch up with friends.  

Gold coin donation for hall hire welcome.  


2pm - Sunday 1st May 

Warners Bay Lion's Club Hall

Sweet St, Warners Bay 


Afternoon tea provided. Children, New Members and Friends always Welcome!


The Monthly WBCG is a great opportunity to show, tell and share! 


Invitation to WBCG Volunteers

Yunung Community Garden at Morisset are preparing for their Open day on 

15th May 2011.


Working Bees are planned for 

this coming 

Saturday 30th April 


Saturday 14th May 


9.30am to 12 noon.


Help from WBCG volunteers would be appreciated. 


For more information please contact Trish 

Quick Update...Development Application

Ben Henley

Warners Bay Community Garden members have continued to work hard on the DA to submit to Lake Macquarie City Council. The DA includes a lenghty document (over 50 pages + drawings) describing the social and environmental impacts (including benefits) of the garden in relation to the Council's plans and guidelines. 

We had a really positive meeting with Council staff on Wednesday 20th to get some initial feedback on our submission. We will be incorporating all suggestions into the document and making our formal submission soon. It has been a huge undertaking for all the volunteers working on the project. We continue to welcome anyone's input and help if you can lend a hand. 

Many thanks to all our members and friends for your ongoing patience and support, We'll get there!!
Can you believe this can be turned into....This?     




Check out the latest Vegie Blitz report from Maree McCarthy.


I arrived at Jane's lovely big block a little early. It was a perfect day for a WBCG Vegeblitz - cool and cloudy, with the sounds of happy children playing on the trampoline.  Jane had ordered some 'yummy-looking' Teralba Worm Farm compost that morning and I felt a little confronted by the mountain the size of Mt Sugarloaf that was sitting there on the driveway in anticipation.  Looking at the beds to be worked on had some challenges...opportunities! Persistent weeds such as Weedy Asparagus, Couch and Oxalis were everywhere.  The paths where full of weeds too, with lots of seed accumulated in the dust, blown-in grass cuttings and soil.


Soon though, bright faces began to arrive with tools! Our small crew - which seemed to be mostly children - were eager for a job to do. Even little Joshua was intent on work carrying newspapers into his child-sized wheelbarrow.  Watch out! Someone said, followed by a simultaneous 'Awww' as we found a wee baby Blue-tongued Lizard which was relocated to another part of the garden safer for little lizards on a Vegeblitz day

Baby Blue Tongue Lizard


At the half-way point of the 2 hour blitz I noticed people spreading out onto different garden beds - seeming to be enthused with doing everything at fact, more than was planned! Again I was getting a little worried and wondered if we would end up with half-done jobs everywhere.  We only had 2 hours for our mission!

But the way the whole place was transforming before our eyes kept us going and, right at the 5pm mark, we called a stop, sat down for some afternoon tea and laughed at how Jane wanted to wipe the seats clean for us to sit on??


Postscript: Jane wanted to add that a curious neighbour walking past was 'really, really impressed' that our group was engaged in a 'good old fashioned working bee'.

Jane  says 'Thanks again to everyone', and has posted some photos - adding she wished she done more 'before' shots, but didn't think the team would get so much done! 



WBCG Vegeblitz's success is not just measured in terms of the fun we have whilst helping our friends build vegetable beds.  Our small group creates a system of support in learning how to live in a way that is healthy for us and our children, waste-free, light on earth, and organic.

The more the merrier!

If you'd like a Vegeblitz at your place, please contact Maree on 4943 0305 or  0410 405 815



Its time to plant our cooler weather vegetables and herbs.

Sow seeds in May for Broad Beans, Cabbage, Chives, Leeks, Mustard Greens, 

Pak Choy, Parsley, Peas, Silverbeet, Snow Peas, Spinach.
Full Planting Guide for May Click here


Growing Guide for May Click here 
Sustainable Eating Guide

Lake Macquarie City Council have put together a Sustainable Eating Guide with information on food shopping in and around Lake Macquarie. 
Its available to view online or you can pick up your free book from Council

Companion Planting in May


Did you know that veggies thrive when grown with companion plants?


Carrots, chives, peas, leeks, onions, sage and rosemary thrive together.


Your cabbages will enjoy the company of garlic and rosemary as these herbs help repel cabbage butterfly.


Dill is also a beneficial companion of your cabbage plants as it attracts a wasp to control cabbage moth.

    Rosemary Sprig



Growing thyme here and there in the garden protects cabbages and is a general insect repellent.

More companion plants located here

Recipe of the Month

Potato & Leek Soup


3 leeks

½ cup milk

¼ cup chopped shallots

½ cup light cream

¼ cup butter

2 Tbl fresh chopped parsley

4 cups hot chicken stock

¼ teas dried tarragon

4 potatoes, quartered

parsley to garnish


  1. Prepare the leeks by removing the green portions. 
  2. Cut down the center lengthwise and wash thoroughly. 
  3. Chop the white portions finely and sauté lightly with the chopped shallots in half the butter for 
    5-7 minutes. 
  4. Add chicken stock, the quartered potatoes, and simmer 20-25 minutes. 
  5. Drain liquid to a bowl and mash the remaining leek and potato to a puree. 
  6. Return the stock and mix well. 
  7. Stir in the milk, cream, and remaining butter. 
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 
  9. Garnish with parsley and croutons

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Broad beans

  • The fresh beans are eaten steamed or boiled. 
  • As the beans mature it is better to remove their tough outer skins after cooking. 
  • The leafy top shoots of the adult plants can be picked and steamed after flowering. 
  • Small beans can be eaten whole in the pods.
  • Broad beans will freeze well - Remove from pods and blanch.

Warners Bay Community Garden are collecting ORGANIC RECIPES

Alternative home remedies:


Recipe by Peter Cundall    


Ingredients:     1 cup of any kitchen oil

                      ½ cup water


Method:          Combine oil and water in a blender.

       Dilute the mixture by placing 1 tablespoon of concentrate into 1 litre of water.                      Blend well before use.

                      Cover plant thoroughly with the white oil, especially under the leaves.

                      Repeat every 4 days until the problem goes away.


Use:  Oil based sprays are useful in controlling a wide range of insect pests and mites. In most cases the oil covers the body of the insect or mite, causing it to suffocate. Use to help control scale, aphids, mites and sooty mould.


Do not use on plants with hairy leaves, ferns or palms and reduce to half strength on native plants with fine foliage.


DISCLAIMER: Home remedies are designed to have minimal impact on the environment, but no solution that is meant to kill should be regarded as safe. This remedy is not intended to replace professional advice.

Do you have an organic recipe to share with the group? 
Please send recipes to Trish, to email please

click here.

Get more involved with WBCG   


We currently have 3-6 monthly seedling growers. More are very welcome and needed, all materials provided along with advice and support. Go on, give it a go! A patch of sun and a watering can is all you really need. You'll love sowing seeds, seeing the first green shoots come up, and marvelling at the new seedlings unfolding.


We have 3 potmakers who prepare newspaper pots for our seedling growers. More are very welcome and needed. Wonder how they are made? Watch this YouTube clip of Steve making them! (Click here)

VOLUNTEERS for composting needed!


VOLUNTEERS willing to transport people to/from meetings, events please contact Trish.  

(Someone is needed in Eleebana at the moment please).


MEMBERS needing transport to meetings/events, please contact Trish.

If you can assist with any of these roles, please contact Trish, phone 49471821, 
or to email click here.

A new family membership rate is now available, for just $30 for two adults (children free).  


Current annual membership rates are:


$20 - adult

$10 - concession, health-care card holders

$10 - students (Uni/Tafe),

$30 - family (2 adults)

FREE - children up to 18yrs 


All membership renewals are due on 1st July 2011.


Membership fees contribute towards such things as insurance, garden materials, market stalls and advertising. Financial Members have access to additional topics in the online forum.


NOTE:     All membership fees are renewed at the start of each financial year (1st July). 

Fees for new members registering between 1st Jan and 30th June are reduced by 50%.

Warners Bay Community Garden Inc.
ABN: 49 117 244 067