Monthly NewsletterNovember 2011
Warners Bay Community Garden
Dear Members and Friends,

We hope you're enjoying our regular newsletters and look forward to seeing you soon!
Kindy Patch Working Bee 


Sunday, 30th October 2011  

8.00am to 12.00pm

80 Cherry Road, Eleebana

The working bee is primarily to help to restore a 17m-long garden bed to a healthier state. We will be weeeding the garden, then adding organic matter and mulch. We will also be planting some native grasses to act as an edge barrier and become habitat for lizards, frogs and beetles - beneficial friends for our gardens!  


Many hands make light work, and it's a great chance to catch up with and meet others in the group.Please remember to bring your sun protection and wear your gardening gear.Gardening gloves and tools will be available on the day.

Please RSVP to Trish if you can come to the working bee: or  phone 4947 1821


Kindy Patch are kindly providing morning tea and a sausage sizzle lunch.  Gluten-free and vegetarian food will be provided. 

We look forward to catching up with everyone.


WBCG Seedling & Information Stall
2011 Living Smart Festival


Saturday, 19th November 2011    

8.00am to 3.00pm

Speers Point Park


Look for WBCG tall Teepee

  • Select your organic seedlings from our in-season vegetable and herb seedlings. 
  • Organic cow manure straight from the farm. Screened and milled. No fillers. 
  • Worm wee garden fertilizer
  •  Face painting to delight the childre
  • Children getting involved - planting seeds in newspaper pots
  • WBCG Christmas Raffle tickets available - win a fabulous prize


Warners Bay Community Garden Christmas Raffle 2011!


Raffle tickets are now available for WBCG Christmas raffle 2011.


Thank you to WBCG members who have generously donated all of the prizes for our raffle. See prize list below.


The raffle will be drawn at WBCG Christmas Party Lunch on Sunday, 4th December at Eat @ Pippis.


Tickets are available in books of 10. Cost of tickets: $2 each or 3 for $5. Ticket books will be mailed to members on request or can be picked up from Trish at 30 James Street Warners Bay.


Fabulous Prizes!

First prize: Picnic Trolley --- (value $109)
Other Prizes:
  • Basket of home made natural wax candles ----(to be advised)
  • Sun Rocket Solar Kettle-----(value $49.90)
  • Wines (Margaret River, Eaglevale Whispering Lake 1 x Sauvignon  and 1 x Cabernet Sauvignon----Value $70)
  • 2 x $50 Gift Vouchers from eat @ Pippis --(Value $100)
  • $40 Gift Voucher from Mac's Timber & Hardware ----(Value $40)
  • Gift Pack Environmentally friendly products ----
    • 2 toothbrushes - handles of bamboo and degradable nylon bristles;
    • Pack of A4 printer paper made from wheat pulp
    • Oz spray lubricant made from lanolin
    • 1 chocolate bilby---(value $28.30)
  • Garden Trolley --- (Value $25.00)
Prizes total approx $400.

All Ticket Books (including unsold tickets) and money collected must be returned to Trish on or before 31st October 2011.
Money collected can be deposited into WBCG Account and ticket books returned by post. Please click here to visit our website for account and payment details  
Drop off to Trish at 30 James St, Warners Bay.

Contact Trish for raffle details Ph: 4947 1821
Warners Bay Community Garden
PO Box 561
Warners Bay NSW 2282

WBCG Stall at Centro Warners Bay

Thursday 24th November, 8.30am to 6.30pm


Volunteers needed to sell raffle tickets on the stall.


Can you help for an hour or two?

Please contact Trish

Ph: 49471821


Planting Vegetables and Herbs in November


Planting in November includes a large number of favourite vegetables and herbs.

Beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, choko, celery, cucumber, climbing bean, eggplant, leeks, lettuce, pumpkin, radish, rockmelon, silverbeet, sweet corn, sweet potato, tomato, turnips, watermelon and zucchini.


Herbs; basil, chives, coriander, lemon balm, mint, parsley, rocket, rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano.


For more planting advice see  


The 28 Spotted Ladybird
Not all the birds are true ladies....
The 28 Spotted Ladybird - Epilachna vigintioctopunctata (synonym Henosepilachna vigintioctopunctata) FAMILY COCCINELLIDAE
28 Spotted Ladybird
There are four common garden species of ladybird in Australia. The common spotted ladybird is bright orange with black dots on its back. They're voracious predators of aphids, scale insects and mites. Adults will consume 2,500 aphids during their life. Unfortunately, they look strikingly similar to a villain of the garden - the 28 spotted or leaf eating ladybird.

Once identified, they are easy to distinguish from their beneficial counterparts. Adults are up to 1cm long, a light orange colour and they have 28 spots. Both adults and larvae feed on a range of plants - cabbage, potato and bean family are preferred foods. If given the chance, they will decimate eggplants over summer. The larvae are easy to recognise because they are yellowish creamy colour, with a frizzy outline and they feed on the undersides of the leaves.

The best way to control leaf eating ladybirds is to handpick them from plants or squash them onto the leaves (as a macabre warning to other ladies of the leaf). For larger outbreaks spray plants with one part fresh milk to five parts water and repeat this weekly. The benefit of using milk and water is that it will control fungus without harming any of the useful ladybirds. Another tip for controlling the leaf eating ladybird is to control a weed called blackberry nightshade. It's a favourite food plant and quite often infestations start on the weed before they move into the garden. Just pull it out and then you won't have so many problems with precious vegetables.

WBCG Christmas Lunch at Pippis  


WBCG Christmas Lunch will be held at EAT @ Pippi's, Speers Point. We hope you can join us for festivities! Check out their menu:


When: Sunday 4th December
Time: 12 midday for lunch
Where: corner of The Esplanade & Main Road, Speers Point

Cost: Lunch and drinks at your cost :-)


WBCG Raffle will be drawn at the Christmas Party!

RSVP: Friday 25th November, 2011
Please RSVP to Trish so we can make sure we book enough seats at the restaurant! All welcome - we hope to see you there!

Trish: 49471821


LMCC Events in November



Improve your household food sufficiency by growing and eating fresh food straight from your backyard. The techniques used are based on permaculture principles. This is a hands on introductory course which includes practice in designing a space.

Saturday, 5th November 2011    

10:00am to 1:00pm - FREE 

Charlestown East Public School Hall, James St Charlestown 

Ph: 4921 0333



This brief introduction to backyard gardening will cover aspects of permaculture design and garden set-out as well as propagation, and planting schedules to ensure a variety of food for your family. It may well be a start towards a resilient future for you and your family.

Friday, 11th November 2011  

9.00am to 12.00pm - FREE 

Belmont Neighbourhood Centre & Community Garden

359 Pacific Highway, Belmont North

Ph: 4921 0333



Featuring the electric vehicle show

The 2010 Living Smart Festival was such a success that it is on again this year. The Festivals focus is to raise awareness of sustainability issues through music, art, fashion, food, workshops, market stalls and eco trade displays. This year the festival will also feature an electric vehicle show, as part of the new 3-day Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival (19 - 21 November 2011). The electric vehicles on show will be made by locals as part of the competition day on the following day (Sunday 20 November 2011).

Saturday, 19th November2011    

8.00am to 3.00pm

Speers Point Park - Free

Ph: 4921 0333


There have been a few inquiries about renewal of membership fees. Until we get the garden running at Bunya Park, renewal of membership fees will not be required. New members can apply on our website here.
If you'd like any more information on the activities of the Warners Bay Community Garden please call or email Trish.
Click here for contact details.  
Warners Bay Community Garden Inc.
In This Issue
Kindy Patch Working Bee
Living Smart Festival
Christmas Raffle
Centro Stall
Planting Guides
The 28 Spotted Ladybird
Christmas Lunch
LMCC Events
What's on in Nov?

Sun 6th November
WBCG Public Meeting
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Warners Bay Lions Club Hall, Sweet St, Warners Bay (take note of the time alteration)

Sat 19th November
WBCG Stall at the Living Smart Festival Speers Point

Thur 24th November
WBCG Stall at Centro Warners Bay 

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Diary Dates


30th October   

Working Bee at Kindy Patch, Cherry Road     


6th November 

WBCG public meeting 


19th November

Living Smart Festival Stall  


24th November

WBCG Centro Stall  


4th December

WBCG Christmas Party