Lismore Garden Club News

When we go away for a few days in summer, because I have a lot of potted plants, I am usually a bit edgy, checking the weather forecast and then the daily weather reports to see the temperatures and rainfall for Lismore. While we were away for the first part of January I was anxious as usual, however, all this anxiety was unfounded, as I tuned into the national news and soon learned that we had been deluged and returned home to find the rain gauge had overflowed. Our hearts go out to those that were adversely affected by flooding. Talk about extreme weather.

One big bonus though; the usually hot start to January was a non-event and we experienced lovely milder than usual conditions. Given all this, everything in the garden has gone wild (including the weeds) and anyone that has taken the gamble and planted seedlings a while back will have them galloping away. To quote a personal experience, for the first-time this summer I planted a few little gem cucumbers. One particular vine has produced around 20 cucumbers so far.

Speaking of weeds, you will find its good policy to include them on your hit list with insect pests and snails and deal with them on your daily walk around your garden; that way they dont get out of hand.

Jobs to do now: Spray frangipanis with lime sulphate with a couple of drops of washing up liquid as a sticker once every week or two to control that orange fungal growth that occurs under the leaves as well as the rest. Spray all sweet fruit such as oranges, mandarins, and guavas each week or two for fruit fly and black spot.

The first meeting of the Lismore Garden Club for this year will be at the Lismore Workers Club at 1pm on Thursday, February 14. Visitors most welcome. For further information phone Wally on 6624 1125.

Finally: Summer rain, heat and humidity combine to leach unused nutrients from the soil. So its important to fertilise a little and regularly.

Happy gardening

Ron Burns


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