Lismore Garden Club News

Vitamin D is a fat; a soluble vitamin made in your body after sun exposure. According to recent studies, vitamin D and safe amounts of exposure to sunlight reduce the risk of developing rickets and osteoporosis. Theres also evidence to suggest that people who dont receive enough vitamin D can be predisposed to breast, colon and prostate cancer. In most cases the level of deficiency found is mild but enough to concern bone disease experts.

Most Australians obtain all of their vitamin D requirements through casual exposure to sunlight. A fun and productive way to get your dose of essential vitamin D is to get outside and spend time gardening.

We need to obtain a balance between getting enough sunlight to keep our bodies healthy and ensuring that we are not putting ourselves at risk of developing skin cancer.

Dr Stephen Schumack, the honorary secretary for the Australian College of Dermatologists, explains: From a dermatological point of view, gardening is good for the body. Even applying year round sun protection when you are out in the garden will allow a healthy amount of vitamin D to enter your system without damaging your skin. ABC Gardening Australia magazine.

Schedules and entry forms for the city of Lismore and district 2006 garden competition are now available from Rural Buying, Bunnings, Mitre 10, the Seedling House or Mary Betteridge at 7 Charles Street, South Lismore; Wally Estriech at 23 Rous Road; and myself at 53 Kruseana Ave, Goonellabah. Why not enter a few sections youll never know if you dont enter! Judging will be held on September 3 and 4, and the entry fee for non-garden club members is only $5.

For further info phone me on 6624 7422 or 0421 021 451.

Happy gardening

Ron Burns


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