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Howdy Green Lifers! In last month's newsletter I started the introduction talking about how dry it's been... well - amazing how things can turn around, isn't it? June was officially our wettest month in 14 years; although we've still got a bit to go to catch up on where the average says we should be. I hope your garden has enjoyed the rain. As always, we're still blessed with lovely sunny days in winter - perfect for getting outdoors, so don't miss those opportunities to get things done in the garden.
We've got a heap more workshops organised for this 2nd half of the year - hop on over to our Events page and see all the details. No matter whether you're a new gardener, wanting to explore organic gardening (and/or Permaculture) a bit more, or wanting to drill down on some important skills to have more success - there's a range of things on offer, including: Propagation, Extracting Essential Oils, Using Essential Oils & Herbs (new), Permaculture Design, Integrated Pest Management, Plant Health (new), Low Cost Gardening (new), Understanding Soils, Native & Waterwise Gardening, Herbal Teas. Classes will only run if we get enough people enrolled, and to be fair to everyone we try to give as much notice as possible for cancellations, so please don't leave it to the last minute to sign up!
Do you like Avocados? I know we do - and they're a popular tree that many people in Perth love to grow, but struggle with. This month our feature article is on Avo's - and we'd like to say a big thank you to the Roleystone Organic Grower's association for allowing us to reproduce the notes they shared to their members following their June meeting, where they had Dudley Mitchell - the WA Director of Avocados Australia give a presentation about Avocado cultivation (and thanks too to Dudley for permission to share his work). If you're a keen gardener why not look around for a local gardening club (like the Organic Growers Association) or community garden? It's a great way to share knowledge, and many groups regularly have guest presenters like Dudley sharing their knowledge.
We hope you enjoy July's newsletter. Remember we love your feedback and ideas for what you'd like to see in future editions. While it's a little quieter, some of the GLSC team are taking a break (Paul & I are off to Rottnest for a few days and Jacob is off to Europe for a few weeks!). Jess, Rielly, Giles, Tommy, Jon, James & Kobe will all be on deck to keep things rolling along - so come on in and keep them busy!
Until next month ~ happy gardening!