About Bellingen Seedsavers

We are a group of like-minded growers of edible and useful heritage plant varieties in the Bellingen area of northeast New South Wales, Australia.

Our climate varies from frost-free coastal areas to inland river valleys and highlands with frosts. Bellingen has an average annual rainfall of 1507ml.

Friday 18 November 2011

Gathering at John & Carol's, Fernmount, 3 November 2011

Forty Bellingen Seed Savers were delighted to explore the flowing design and the enormous variety of edible and decorative plants in John and Carol's garden.

It was beautifully cool on the bamboo-shaded path.

John explains the finer points of the many rare fruit trees he collects.

The dense planting discourages weeds.

Carol explains how to recognise a ripe Cape Gooseberry

Paths zigzag down the hillside

The vegetables to be frequently harvested grow close to the house.

The raised vegetable beds below the verandah are very accessible

At every BSS Gathering many seeds and plant materials are shared

Answer to a question asked at our gathering:

"The easiest, safest and most useful organic-approved fungicides are based on cupric hydroxide. Cupric hydroxide controls a wide range of problems effectively, but unlike older preparations, like Bordeaux or lime sulphur, it can be used at any time. Do not substitute with copper oxychloride, which is not organic."

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