Lismore Garden Club News

An interesting, decorative and useful aromatic herb well worth growing is rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis). Select a sunny, well drained spot in the garden to plant rosemary. It grows into a small shrub 1.5m to 2m tall, which makes it suitable for hedging. Its a good idea to plant rosemary where you have to brush past it in the garden to appreciate its wonderful aroma. Rosemary is best known as a useful culinary herb, and if youre planting a herb garden its a must have. A little bit of advice gleaned from experience when planting a herb garden dont plant everything you can get your hands on just because its called a herb. Plant only the herbs that you know you will use, otherwise you will be using up good garden space to no avail.

Jobs to do now: Keep a look out for big brown grasshoppers and dispose of by hand. Plant azaleas and camellias you will be able to see azaleas and sasanqua camellias in flower in the nursery at present. Lift dahlia tubers and store in a cool airy place.

Gardening tip: As an alternative to harmful chemical herbicides try this. Mix half a cup of salt with one litre of brown vinegar.

The Lismore Garden Club April social outing will be a sausage sizzle and salad lunch in the park on the corner of Ballina Road and Kadina Street, Goonellabah, plus a short walk (optional) in nearby rainforest. It will be held next Thursday, April 20, from 10am and the cost is $2. Bring a small salad to share, a plate, mug and a folding chair. Visitors most welcome.

The May social outing will be a day bus trip to the ABC Gardening Australia Expo at Southbank in Brisbane on Friday, May 19. Cost of bus travel is $20 (approx) plus ticket entry $14/12. Bookings essential. Phone Ron on 6624 7422 or 0421 021 451.

Finally: There is a kind of magic (only appreciated by gardeners) in the garden in the early morning.

Happy gardening

Ron Burns


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