Lismore Garden Club News

Spring fever (the gardening bug) is rampant at the moment. Even non gardeners have their once-a-year bash at gardening in spring. Heres a few gardening jobs that we can all tackle to get things underway in the garden before summer arrives.

Its high time to plant flowers and vegie seeds and seedlings, even in the low lying areas, as the danger of frost is long gone. This is also a good time to plant fruit trees and vines, shrubs, trees and climbers. Chokos can be planted now into soil enriched with compost or rotted animal manure.

Prune geraniums back by 50 per cent and prune poinsettias right back to just above the old wood. Re-pot any potted plants that are in need into premium potting mix and they will power away. Dig up and divide crysanthemums, and replant into soil enriched with compost or animal manure.

Fruit fly is in plague proportions in our area at present and snails are being real pests also, so its important to start right now with control measures in your garden. Apply one tablespoon of epsom salts per plant to roses and citrus trees (larger trees will require more according to size) as a magnesium supplement. Also fertilise and mulch your whole garden.

The Spring Garden Competition has been a huge success and the prize winning gardens will be open to the public from Saturday, September 9 to Tuesday, September 12. Those that have put their names down for the Mt Tamborine coach trip should forward payment ASAP to the Lismore Garden Club, c/- Ron Burns, 53 Kruseana Avenue, Goonellabah, 2480. For more information you can call me on 6624 7422 or 0421 021 451.

Finally: Spring means longer days, warmer weather and a burst of growth, flowers and fragrance. Even reluctant gardeners feel the urge to put a spade into the ground and start planting. Jennifer Stackhouse

Happy gardening

Ron Burns

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