Lismore Garden Club News

Spring is the best time to repot those pot-bound plants. Here are six simple steps to follow, which should ensure success.

Step 1: Soak the pot in a tub or bucket of water.

Step 2: Turn the pot upside down and gently tap the rim on a firm surface. Ease the plant out of the pot.

Step 3: Remove some of the old potting mix by tickling with your fingers or by hosing. Tease out the roots.

Step 4: Trim off any old roots with scissors or secateurs.

Step 5: Repot into a slightly larger pot using fresh premium potting mix. Make sure that the root ball is just under the rim of the pot and level with the top of the potting mix.

Step 6: Gently firm down the potting mix and place the pot into the tub or bucket of water, this time with a little seaweed tonic added to the water. This should help your plant to power away with new growth.

Pot plant tip: Often plants that appear to be dead, if soaked for a day in tepid water and seaweed tonic, will put out new shoots after a short time.

There are a number of seats still available to join the Lismore Garden Club on their coach trip to see the beautiful gardens of Tenterfield on Sunday, November 19. Phone me on 6624 7422 or 0421 021 451 to secure a seat. Anyone can go, you dont have to be a club member. This is a really good opportunity to see some lovely cool climate gardens and the roses will be outstanding. The cost is around $32 per person, which includes luxury coach travel, morning tea and entry into Caroline Robinsons fabulous five-acre landscaped garden. We will also visit Loganlea Nursery where you can get some plants not available here.

Finally: When you are sick of the worries of the world, the garden is the best medicine.

Happy gardening

Ron Burns

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