End-of-year community BBQ


Tomatoes in before Show Day

Never, never plant your tomatoes before Show Day! That’s always been the blanket rule-of-thumb in Hobart. If you do break the rule, don’t blame anyone if you lose them to frost.

Tomato greenhouseWell, it’s good pivotal date, it’s not just an old husband’s tale. But Hobart has quite a short season for growing tomato crops – and ripened – so it’s also a good idea to get them in as early as possible. Here’s a way to do it safely.

Keep all your milk container, or steal them from wheelie bins. Cut off the bottoms. Take off the caps. Use them as a mini greenhouse for small tomato seedlings. They really like it in there.

It’s important to use the milky white plastic not clear ones, because with the latter plants tend to get cooked on a bright sunny Spring day when the temperature gets over 20 degrees.

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Tomatoes planted in early October, Waterworks Community garden.

Orchids in the valley

October Landcare working bee was devoted to a walk inspecting the Spring orchids that live on the valley’s forested slopes.

Enthusiast Seb Meffre took us on an educational stroll and while doing so we inspected the fuel reduction burn that took place on the southern hillside in Autumn.

Seb Meffre with Triceratops

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Landcare working bees: 2016

LandcareHere is our planned schedule of working bees for 2016.

Please click on image to enlarge it.

Ruth Painter, Convenor

Waterworks Landcare Schedule 2016

Community garden is 8 years old

Waterworks community garden started up nearly eight years ago, thanks to the good work of Jonah Gouldthorpe in particular, and it’s still going strong.

Pics below taken at Sunday’s working bee (25th Sept 2016). We have 14 beds under cultivation at present, getting some beds ready for Spring plantings of tomatoes and zucchinis.

At days end we always enjoy a picnic, wine and chat.

The new murals – do they grab you?

What do you think?

Hobart City Council has been taking heed of community desire to improve streetscapes around the city, and recently has undertaken a number of projects in some suburbs.

Below are two new murals painted up under the underpass on Lynton Avenue at the bottom of Waterworks Road.

You bw

Here bw

Though we were not directly engaged with this project, improving the general streetscape has been an issue of concern in this community and, towards that end, a number of meetings were held in 2015 … Despite some planning work these initiatives petered out for the time being.

We must therefore thank the HCC for taking up this kickstart initiative. We should also thank the anonymous person who has installed nicely painted rocks alongside the road near 101!!

Fire preparation – an illustrated guide

Here’s a graphic guide to defending your home

Click on this link to see what to do when a bushfire hits.


Mulching your garden with stones

This story is for people who love to garden but who also live in a bushfire prone area.

It’s also my story because I love mulching with stones.


Problem is: most vegetable garden mulches are a fire hazard and too much soft mulching is a big no no during the fire season. Just when your garden is just begging to be mulched!

All is not lost. One neat answer is lapidary mulching – it’s an old art practiced by, amongst others, the original inhabitants of Easter Island. There are many benefits to lapidary mulching, not least that stones have a lovely aesthetic quality.

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Support Tasmania’s first community solar project

Tasmania’s first community solar project was launched this week and the Waterworks Valley community power project played a part in its development.

Solar panels 2A few months ago we were approached for advice on a possible community solar project based in Glenorchy. We have been assisting the Board of Tastex (a non-profit enterprise that manufactures high quality knitwear) to investigate this possibility and this week formal fundraising commenced.

We are delighted that our work on the Waterworks Valley project has had this unexpected spin-off. Meanwhile, we are still hopeful of progressing the very viable mini-hydro scheme based on the Ridgeway Reservoir. However, TasWater has not been supportive to date.

Read (and please forward to your friends) this story for more – about how you can support the Tastex solar project. Or they can jump straight to this video and contribute.

Jack Gilding, for the Valley Community Power committee

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Winter Solstice Lantern Parade

Saturday night – June 25 2016


Starting at the Waterworks Reserve gates at 5pm

Walking with our lanterns down to the quarry for hot drinks and damper by the fires.
Please bring your own cup and lantern.
There will be Fire Spinners to watch.
Gold coin donations welcome.

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See you there!

Old growth vegetables

In the past couple of years I’ve been experimenting with an idea that it’s possible to grow many vegetables twice.

The photo shown below is of a cauliflower that I cut this week. But it’s not any old cauliflower – it’s grown on the stump of a cauliflower that I cut down to ground level a few weeks earlier.

Regrowth cauliflower

My theory goes that once a root system is established (if the season is still suitable) the roots are still alive and will put energy into developing a new top. This works well with most brassicas.

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Richard Jones Memorial Lecture – coming up

This should be a worthwhile event.
Put in your diary…


How to insulate the walls of your home.

Winter is here soon, so our attention is drawn to our homes and how comfortable they are… or aren’t.

All around our nation, home owners have been gradually insulating ceilings, windows and floors – because these are relatively easy to do. And that leaves just the walls. And we don’t know what to do! That’s because walls are so hard to get at.

When undertaking our ‘Barriers to Behaviour Change’ project the difficulty of insulating walls (that is, the walls that are already built and cladded) was identified as one of the most annoying and significant barriers to making our homes more thermally efficient.

Our ‘How to insulate the walls of your home’ guide is for those who are keen to have a go. You can download it HERE.