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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Renewing Gardening Tools with Rebecca

Sipping on Rebecca's delicious homemade chili cordial was a great way to learn how to honor the tools we use in our gardens.

Rebecca grew up on a farm in New Zealand where she learned at an early age the value of good tool care.

Older tools accessible through op shops and other recycling outlets have better quality metal and can be restored to magnificent items through simple techniques.

Rebecca showed us these techniques and also how to maintain contemporary tools.

Sparks flew from her lathe causing seats to be vacated as Rebecca demonstrated valuable techniques.

I was very covetous of the workbench she had built from a salvaged door found at a recycling yard.

She also had some ingenious ideas on how to create new tools.

Amongst those watching were Sheila Perkin's president of Varsity Vegies and the well known orchardist Jude Lai.

Jude had some valuable knowledge of his own to share.

Then it was time to eat a wonderful selection of homegrown and homemade goodies including my rosella ices  from  rosellas grown at Varsity Vegies Community Garden.

The recipe for these will be on my next blog.

A good time was had by all.


Donnie said...

Looks like you all had a good time with good food and fellowship.

Kate said...

Looks like a great garden party!

Rebecca said...

Thank you one & all for taking time-out to pop along. I'm sorry my other presenter wasn't able to make it but there's still another occasion. Jude's machette's were wonderful - that quality of workmanship took me back - absolutely fabulous! And the food! Someone's suggestion for a WORKSHOP COOKBOOK is a great idea -so much wonderful homemade goodies - I'll be in that!
This heat has actually boiled my capsicums on the vine - they were beauties too - 4 different colours as big as my fist. I'm leaving up the Temp shadecloth till we lose this heat - it's killing everything it touches. Frog ponds now have extra protection & the big & tiny greenies are looking good!
Thanks gardeners & I hope to see you all @ Joan Park Sat 5th March for Jude & Justins talk follwed by PEAK BODY (let's see somemore goodies on a plate)