The Manning Community News

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Potato half barrels

From Grown & Gathered by Matt & Lentil ed Published by PLUM. Rrp. $45 A potato half barrel is a really fun and easy way to grow over 50 kg of potatoes on less than 1 m2. It doesn’t have to be in a half wine barrel, any similarly large, structural vessel will do – it’s even […]


Rounding Up the Facts on Glyphosate

  The use of the weed killer glysophate (common brand name, Round Up) is going to become a major battle. Yes it works, and yes it is a serious poison. But does it cause cancer? The debate is only beginning, despite Mayor Paul Hogan refusing to allow Councillor Epov to raise it as an issue […]


Creating Healthy Soil Workshop

You are invited to attend a one-day workshop, sponsored by LLS Hunter and presented by MOGG (Manning Organic Gardening Group). The workshop has been made possible through a Community Education Grant provided by Hunter LLS with funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program. Saturday 9 April 2016, 9.30 am – 3.30pm Killabakh Hall, 1676 […]


Autumn Gardening

  Autumn is a pleasant time of year to be out in the garden – and there is plenty to do before winter sets in. Spring-flowering bulbs are planted in autumn. Most of these garden favourites originated in Europe and need a period of chilling for good growth. However, our autumn temperatures are equivalent to […]


New Year Gardening

January and February can be challenging months for gardeners. The effects of sunlight during the two hottest months of the year can be more severe in our lovely, pollution-free Manning Valley than it is in metropolitan areas. Rainfall can also be well below average in January and mulched garden beds will help to preserve water. […]


Spring gardening

by Lyn Bagnall Spring bulbs provide a lovely display in spring. A moderate application of complete organic fertiliser and regular watering in dry weather will help them perform at their best. Once flowering has finished, allow foliage to remain on the plants until it has completely died back. As foliage yellows it is drawing nutrients from […]


June Gardening

Although few plants are suitable for sowing during June and July, there are plenty of things to do in the garden this month. It’s time to set up a support frame and sow broad beans. ‘Coles Dwarf’ and ‘Egyptian’ are better varieties for milder or windy conditions. It is also time to prepare beds for […]