About Bellingen Seedsavers

We are a group of like-minded growers of 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, 23 June 2017

Winter Solstice gathering at David's garden in Gleniffer.

The road to David's garden

Beautiful Gleniffer, NSW - the view from from David's gate.


Bellingen Seedsavers take morning tea

As always a shared tea takes place before or after we wander through a garden. Obviously our winter day was very mild at noon.

Muffins and Chick Pea fritters

Savoury Muffins


This view from David's gate is of the surrounding escarpment of the Dorrigo Plateau.

Seedsavers take a garden walk.

Past the Mandarin tree

Past the Comfrey (left) and Nasturtium (right)



Under trees

Past the Sweet Potato groundcover,

Under the tall Custard Apple.

Mandarins are ornamental as well as delicious.


Lemons




David explains.
Every garden visit we share our local growing knowledge. We always learn more. Growing local is preferable if it saves burning carbon.

Star Fruit or Carambola



Star Fruit (Carambola) Crumble
Carambolas are so productive. Here is one way to use the fruit. Another member dries the slices.

The Winter Solstice Fire.

David likes to add a little ceremony and ritual to life. Why not!




Bellingen Seedsavers ceremonial fire for Winter Solstice


David made sure we participated in the 'Ceremony of Burning The Summer Hat'.

Rows of Comfrey edge David's gardens
 Comfrey is excellent for enriching the soil because it drags up deep nutrients that can activate soil improvement.


This is the biggest Lemon Verbena bush I have seen. It grows in part shade.

Pineapple near bellingen
Pineapple

Large fruit on Pomelo
The pomelo, Citrus maxima or Citrus grandis Wikipedia


David's Pomelo is bearing plenty of fruit.




Dipsacus (Teasel)

David is growing Teasel for medicinal reasons, to treat a Lyme like disease. He uses a tincture made from the root.



David believes this is a Yellow Mangosteen still surviving our warm temperate zone winter although it looks a little unhappy.








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