Saturday, March 31, 2012

Autumn Plant Sale

Following the success of the spring plant sale, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are having an autumn plant sale at the TreadLightly EnviroFest on Sunday 22 April.  

A huge range of delicious heirloom vegetables will be available and ready to plant now for a well-stocked winter kitchen garden. The plant sale will be in the glasshouses near the ABC Vegie Patch between 10am and 4pm.

The aim of TreadLightly EnviroFest is to build a strong ‘whole of community’ focus on sustainable living within the community and industry. TreadLightly has a message to promote, one of encouraging people to live more sustainably as individuals, making more sustainable choices in what they buy and consume.

Here is a list of seedlings and various plants that will be available and many of these can be planted now in the vegetable garden.


Chinese Broad Leek
Kohl Rabi Purple Vienna
Chinese Cabbage Tatsoi Deep Purple
Leek   Carentan
Broccoli Di Ciccio
Chinese Cabbage Wong Bok
Lettuce Australian Yellow
Broccoli Green Sprouting
Lettuce Gourmet Allstar
Broccoli Romanesco
Miners Lettuce
Brussels Sprouts Long Island Improved
Cornsalad Large Dutch
NZ Spinach
Brussels Sprouts Red Ribs
Cornsalad Verde de Cambrai
NZ Yams
Bunching Onion Evergreen
Onion Gladalan white
Bunching Onion Natsuyo
English Spinach Medina
Perpetual capsicum
Bunching Onion Red Beard
Fig Black Genoa
Burdock Takinogawa long
Fragaria vesca Fraises des Bois White strawberries
Persicaria odorata Vietnamese Mint
Cabbage Cabeza Red
Globe archichoke
Cabbage Golden Age
Grape vines
Cabbage Red Express
Hops      Pride of Ringwood
Cabbage Sugarloaf
Horse radish
Cape Gooseberry
Kale Dwarf Blue Curly
Salsify Black Duplex
Cape Gooseberry Golden Nugget
Kale Lacinato
Salsify Mammoth
Kale Lacinato
Spinach Mountain Red
Cauliflower Snowball Early
Kale Red Russian
Cauliflower Violet Sicilian
Kale Siberian
Triple Parsley
Chichory Aries
Kale The Gulag
Ugni molinae Chilean Guava
Chichory Travisio Red
Kale Two Peters
Various Mints

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Autumnal Picnic

SUNDAY 15 APRIL 11 a.m.

It is that marvellous time of year again and we are set to visit Pear Tree Cottage in Middleton for our annual picnic, hosted by Lynne Uptin and Clive Crossley.  Come along to the orchard and gain insight into the production of cider and perry and enjoy some rather special tastings of the Red Sails beverages created on site.

The Pinot Shop said about one of the ciders, Red Sails Cider Gold 750ml $18:

“Most interesting and rustic cider made from un-sprayed heritage cider apples. Dr Clive Crossley and Lynne Uptin studied the Breton cuvĂ©e method in France and have applied the same techniques here. Amber in colour with characterful aromas of rich apple overlaid with raunchy buckwheat honey. In the mouth it is something quite special - dry/rich apple flavours and a sensationally smooth and clean finish. The bubble is extremely soft and gentle, not at all fizzy. Alcohol 6.5%. Natural fermentation (wild yeast) and no preservatives. Will improve with bottle age.”

A table will be set up in the orchard where we will gather to eat, drink (responsibly) and be merry. This is the opportunity to share some of your own fabulous home cooking with the Slow Food community.  

Please bring along whatever you need to serve your unique dish, as well as your own chair or rug, plates, glasses etc.  We will provide an urn, so that you can make tea/coffee.
This is a free event and children are very welcome.  
Space is limited and you will need to book to attend this event, R.S.V.P. to 

Directions to Pear Tree Cottage will be given on confirmation of booking.