October notices

johnboy 25 October 2008 21

[First filed: October 11, 2008 @ 01:00]

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25 October:

Sepi asks:


    What can be planted in Canberra vegie gardens right now?

    Can I still put in broad bean seeds?


16 October:

Carol writes:

    Dear fellow Canberrans

    I feel strongly that it is important you all know about developments in Fisk Street Monash.

    In short yesterday the ACTPlanning Authority made another decision in favour of developers to the detriment of Canberra families.

    It approved demolition of two stand alone house in a quiet residential loop street to be replaced with multistory units with underground parking.

    Help our appeal, and be warned – your street may be next.

    Suggest ACTPLA be renamed – Development Approval Authority (DAAAA) perhaps?

    A sad day for Monash and a sad day for all of Canberra.

11 October:

Jeff writes:

    To close off the comments off about the Downer Murders

    Hi all,

    What a beautiful message left in the Canberra times from the victims families,
    after all the readings on this site I thought it would be nice to close the
    comments and end it with the acknowledgment in today’s paper, may Julie & Straun
    rest in peace & I am sure everyone would agree it would be nice to leave all comments now as both these families that remain have a hard road ahead of them. They are available online to see in the Canberra times these notices.

    Have a great weekend everyone!


    From the Tattersall Family

    Julie Sarah Tattersall
    5-2-73 – 10-09-008

    John, Marilyn,Belinda, Amy & James
    Wish to most sincerely thank those who could join as at the funeral, and to everyone
    who has expressed kind thoughts and actions or sent cards or flowers following the tragic event that took our beautiful girl.

    It has been very comforting to have so much support from our family and friends here and in the UK.

    We would like to acknowledge the professionalism and assistance given to us by the AFP, Wendy.McDonald from white lady funerals, Rev Elaine.Gifford, Monica Jansen from the Quality Inn Dickson, Charles.Saleh of Furva Design and WIN TV.

    Rest in Peace Jules

    Forever Young & Beautiful

    From the Bolas family
    The Bolas Family extends their sincere thanks for the beautiful floral tributes, cards and telephone calls for our Struan.

Passy writes:

    As Wall St collapses and the economies in Europe and the US head into recession, possibly deep recession, it is clear the apologists for cattalism have little understanding of what is happening or why. Least of all do they know how to address the economic maelstrom that is occuring.

    Is Australia immune? No. Global interest rates for business will rise (irrespective of what the Reserve bank does) and this will flow through to Australia in higher interest rates. Credit will become much tighter. China’s growth is beginning to slow and the butchers of Beijing (or their children) have begun to cut interest rates to keep the economy at growth rates of greater than ten per cent.

    The RBA predicts unemployment in Australia will grow rapidly to over 5 per cent (it is currently 4.1 per cent), and one economist is predicting unemployment in late 2009 will pass 6 per cent. This is an extra 200,000 people unemployed.

    Why is the world economy going to hell in a handcart?

    Socialist Alternative will be looking at the question and providing their own explanantion for the crisis.

    Capitalism in Crisis. Socialist Alternative. 6 pm Thursday 9 October in room G 52 Haydon Allen Building ANU.

    email canberra@sa.org.au


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21 Responses to October notices
Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 8:18 pm 25 Oct 08

I was talking to Graham the plant guy from Better Homes & Gardens at the Home Show today about soil improvement prior to establishing our new gardens, and he said that broad beans are the best thing to plant your hole yard out in for one year before gardening, but he said it is tool late now for broad beans.

So I guess that is a no for planting them for consumption too.

On the soil improvement (for anyone interested), he said substitute other beans, peas and/or lupins for a late start. The reason for doing this is that they have a deep penetrating tap root that breaks up the dastardly clay we have, and help organics get in deep, plus they are nitrogen fixers of course.

astrojax astrojax 4:56 pm 25 Oct 08

i can never quite seem to get good corn; a few loppy ears is about all i ever get. tomatoes, but – heaps! i have some roma and black russian in at the moment, planted in just a week or so ago, with some basil of course; looking nice. i do though have a tarp at hand to ward off any late rampages of frost… certainly something of which to be wary, as you note, smiling…

my blueberries are also starting to flower and get up a little – had them in for now their third year. slow buggers. i got a handful last year off three plants, but expect enough to do a blueberry pie and some muffins this year – if i can stop the better half scoffing them as she picks ’em!

so yeah, ant – where’s that gardening thread then? (am away for the the next few days, so if you haven’t started it by wed night, i might… 😉 )

Danman Danman 4:52 pm 25 Oct 08

get yourself a portable greenhouse cupboard @ bunnings for like 40 bucks.

I have had mine for a few weeks now – growing cucumbers, corn, tomato, pumpkin, watermelon, carrots and chillis all from seeds.

Seems to be going great – the greenhouse enclosure in a sunny position ensures warm temperatures during the day (Keep the punnets moist though, they dry out quickly) and keeps the frost off them during the cold nights.

Someone suggested that seedlings can/should only be planted in a garden after Melbourne cup day to avoid any frost issues.

I have seen an ingenious use of upturned 50L storage bins to mimic greenhouse enclosures as well.

ant ant 12:58 pm 25 Oct 08

I put my first tomatoes in first week of September! Cheating. They are really bushing up well now, plenty of flower trusses, and as usual I’ve planted them too close to each other, the gaps are already gone. Beefsteak is doing the best, it is very motivated.

NoAddedMSG NoAddedMSG 12:40 pm 25 Oct 08

I would say too late for broad beans but not too late for other types of beans, and I have never had any luck with growing rocket going into summer – it bolts straight to seed. It is basil time though.

smiling politely smiling politely 12:30 pm 25 Oct 08

I’d be tempted to hold off on the tomato seedlings for just a couple more weeks, but I’m hoping to plant some zucchini and pumpkin around the back yard this weekend, along with maybe some corn (though the blighters need a bit of water even with good mulch).

Broad beans I think are maybe a better cooler season crop, though bush and string beans can certainly go in – and be sure to dig them back into the soil afterwards so you can plant tomatoes there next spring.

ant ant 11:11 am 25 Oct 08

Someone should start a veggie garden thread! This is primo time for veggie gardens, especially as many down in Canberra wouldn’t have got their tomatoes in yet (or have to put little hats on them).

Astrojax’s info above is excellent… what about a topic around that?

astrojax astrojax 10:18 am 25 Oct 08

sepi, yes you can plant broad beans now. and other beans and snap peas etc… and beetroot seeds can go in too – of course tomato seedlings can be in place, just be sure to have some basil round it as a complementary de-bugger. sage is good too – especially with your strawberries, which can start now, too. i also have some rocket going, spinach & am planning on putting in carrots next weekend (away this one). happy gardening.

I-filed I-filed 9:47 am 19 Oct 08

Ruby Wednesday said :

God forbid we have medium-density housing infill rather than expanding at the fringe! The ‘save our suburb’ types who are against anything but detached houses in their suburbs really irk me. With rising petrol prices, a move towards greener travel and environmental concerns of development, infill is far better for the city than creating suburban wastelands on the fringe.

Anyone would agree – except that the medium density housing is almost always bereft of sympathetic or quality architecture. I am so sick of pale-cocoa-coloured neo-monocrete townhouses with no verandahs, dark red front doors, black roofs and a bit of bad instant garden (one weeping cherry, bit of turf, and a wispy hedge). They look banal and bad in the outer suburbs – and even worse in the inner suburbs next to Canberra brick cottages.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 11:31 pm 18 Oct 08

I find it amusing that people are so against new development in property, and yet in the same breath can bleat about ‘how expensive’ property is. Supply and demand, people…

Ruby Wednesday Ruby Wednesday 6:22 pm 18 Oct 08

I agree it needs to be done properly, but if the correct places for these developments is currently filled by detached houses, infilling as properties are sold is more sensible than building higher density developments in the middle of nowhere or demanding that everyone in said area relocate at once. There should also ideally be a mix of types of properties in each area so that people can upsize and downsize in a community. Ageing in place, for example, is difficult if the only type of properties in the area is large, detached houses. And while people acknowledge we need to move away from everyone having a block of dirt so we don’t end up with sprawling, badly serviced suburbia, all of these action groups come across as very NIMBY to me.

miz miz 2:15 pm 18 Oct 08

Multi-storey units seem to be being approved if the location is near a shopping precinct. Google maps show Fisk Street is in walking distance to Erindale centre across E’dale Drive (though I don’t know if there is an underpass or overbridge to allow access over that busy thoroughfare).


A friend of mine complained to ACTPLA (to no avail) about a block of units replacing a detached house next door to her in Gilmore. The location abuts Gilmore Primary and is close-ish (5 mins walk) to Chisholm shops.

Another person I know is getting an unwanted dual occy built behind them – the house is owned by some affordable housing mob, who seem to have been given permission to build in the backyards of all their properties. Again, near Richardson shops.

These developments are changing the ‘look and feel’ of our suburbs, but it’s like water torture – one drop at a time, so there are rarely more than a few objections.

It’s time for a city-wide re-think about how we see the city and what we value – because at this rate the amenity of the suburbs we love will be gone, and soon.

sepi sepi 12:58 pm 18 Oct 08

High or medium density housing needs to be done right, not just retrofitted badly.
Done right you have large areas of green space as communal areas for recreation for the endless apartment dwellers.

Just filling up every last green space with concrete houses is not a sustainable practice.

Ruby Wednesday Ruby Wednesday 10:50 am 18 Oct 08

God forbid we have medium-density housing infill rather than expanding at the fringe! The ‘save our suburb’ types who are against anything but detached houses in their suburbs really irk me. With rising petrol prices, a move towards greener travel and environmental concerns of development, infill is far better for the city than creating suburban wastelands on the fringe.

caf caf 10:36 am 18 Oct 08

That this was a “problem caused by Government” is far from clear, jakez. Looks more just like a modern instantiation of Tulip Mania from where I sit.

jakez jakez 10:00 am 18 Oct 08

Socialist Alternative – Because the answer to a problem caused by Government is ALWAYS more Government.

PM PM 4:33 pm 04 Oct 08

Hehe – I missed that one. Is cattalism something to do with the butchers of Beijing? 🙂

HateMachine HateMachine 4:27 pm 04 Oct 08

“it is clear the apologists for cattalism…”

the national farmer’s federation?

Morgan Morgan 4:20 pm 04 Oct 08

Yeah because there was no poverty in Soviet Union

PM PM 4:02 pm 04 Oct 08

“providing their own explanantion for the crisis”

Hmm, let me guess – because the system isn’t socialist??

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