Saturday, 24 January 2015

'Welcome to 2015 Picnic'

The 'Welcome to 2015 Picnic' is being held at the Mylestom Reserve at the end of George Street Mylestom on Monday 2 February from 11.30am.  If you are unsure just where this is, please refer to the Coffs Harbour and Grafton 2014/15 Telephone Directory map 39 F9. 

This is a BYO picnic. There are BBQ facilities available if you wish to cook up a storm, or alternatively there is a cafe nearby with take away facilities if you don't wish to provide your own picnic. For those who must have their coffee hit, this is also available from the shop.

If you are a potential member and would like to get to know some of the CHGC folk please don't be shy and make yourself known to Trish (who is a member of the Program Committee) or any of the other members.

Folks, if you could remember to wear your name badges that would be terrific.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Extending the harvest (or avoiding the glut!)

There are some really good strategies for managing our produce from vegie gardens in this article written by Helen McKerral. It is a difficult juggling act to coordinate your planting times with crop maturity.

Please click on the link to read more.
Extending the harvest (or avoiding the glut!) | GardenDrum

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Grevillea Looper - Oenochroma vinaria

Grevillea looper is the larva of a common native moth that occurs across eastern and southern Australia, including south-west Western Australia.

Lavae chew the leaves of grevillea, hakea and occasionally bankisia plants. The larvae are greenish-brown, smooth-skinned caterpillars up to 80mm long covered in white spots.

Oenochroma vinaria - green form

The general wing colour of the adult moths varies, some are pink and others brown. The body varies from pink to brown also. The moths all have a brown or yellow line across the upper surface of each wing and when at rest resembles a leaf. Each forewing has a recurved wingtip, and a small transparent spot surrounded by an irregular dark mark on both the upper and under surfaces.

Look for larvae in early summer before they do too much damage. Larvae feed at night and lie along branches during the day, making them very difficult to see.

Pick off and squash or feed to birds - Butcher Birds love them. Apply Dipel or pyrethrum in preference to other insecticides but follow the label carefully.

Natural Enemies:
Birds, parasitic wasps and flies.