With the limitations from CoVid-19 and the success of our first Zoom teaching sessions, we have reached out further into the brave frontier of the Internet. What we have found is that people like to be able to listen and learn some things in the comfort of their own favourite listening places.

With the help of our very experienced broadcaster, Canberra City Farm past President and Gardening guru, Keith Colls at the helm and his able and trusty assistant Vanessa Goss, Canberra City Farm is now producing our own podcasts. These will cover:

  • what to do in your Canberra food garden throughout the year and each month; and
  • interviews with local food producers, people doing interesting things in our community such as growing food, using food and discussing food security and people trying to change the world in many positive ways .

These will be a regular feature for you to listen to whenever it works for you. If you have any questions, please email podcast@ccfarm.org.au and Keith will answer it on the next podcast, or if we have enough questions, he may even do an additional one.

June 2021

Sustainable Living Podcast – Episode 8: In this episode Keith talks to Brook Clinton about Capital Scraps Composting. Capital Scraps Composting is a composting service for domestic kitchen waste in the inner north of Canberra. It currently services Hackett and Watson but there are drop off points for kitchen waste in other suburbs and it is gradually extending its service into other areas of Canberra. Capital Scraps Composting is a social enterprise (not for profit) driven by the purpose to reduce Canberra’s greenhouse gas emissions. It provides a low-emissions option for recycling household kitchen scraps and contributes to greening our city. By consolidating scraps from multiple households it is able to carry out hot composting (over 60 degrees C), creating valuable soil amendments in under a month. For more information about Capital Scraps Composting and its activities or to subscribe to the composting service go to the web page here.

Sustainable Living Podcast – Episode 8 – Capital Scraps Composting


Vanessa and Keith recording the podcast

June in the Canberra Garden 2021: This month Keith and Vanessa talk about jobs to be done around the garden. It’s a good time to check watering systems and to keep an eye on the soil moisture as morning dew and frosts can give a misleading impression of the amount of moisture around plant roots. It’s also a good time to check for overwintering pests hiding in bark crevices, fences and in litter around the garden but there are some pests such as aphid and white fly which may also be active on winter vegetable plants such as brassicas. Frost sensitive plants such as citrus which have not yet experienced a Canberra winter may need some protection. Bare rooted fruit trees will be appearing in nurseries during the next two or three months and there is still time to order some from mail order suppliers. Its time to complete tidying up our gardens after Autumn by removing any diseased fruit and leaves and replenishing much under fruit trees. With fewer outdoor gardening jobs to be done, now is a good time to plan your Spring and Summer garden.

June in the Canberra Garden 2021


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