Lismore Garden Club News

What a blast! (Well, let us say it was a really good turnout). Naturally I am referring to the Lismore Garden Club Christmas dinner at the Lismore Workers Club last Thursday. Thanks must go to president Ray, secretary Rosemary, the two Fays and helpers for organising such a successful event. Thanks must also go to the chef on the night and his band of helpers. I have been to quite a few Christmas dinners over the years. This was the best organised at Garden Club level, was the best attended by members, had the best floral table arrangements (thanks to Fay Hanlon) and the best meal.

As part of the proceedings Rosemary handed out dozens of punnets of flower seedlings to members with the challenge to grow them in what she referred to as “challenging conditions” and report back with your successes or otherwise at the February meeting. Normally I would not recommend that you plant out any new plants under extremely hot conditions. However if you are going to be home over the Christmas/New Year period and can provide controlled conditions and extra TLC why not give it a go? Let’s hope and pray that we can get back to some milder weather with much-needed rain and they will power away.

I recommend that if you must plant flower seedlings now that you consider planting them into large pots (minimum 30cm) using premium potting mix which contains soil wetting agent and fertiliser. Be sure to water in with Seasol, put pot saucers under the pots and place in a semi-shaded location. The same goes for vegies, but plant them into well-drained styrofoam boxes. If you decide to plant shrubs or trees plant them with some premium potting mix in the hole, water in with Seasol, provide shade protection, water well and mulch.

The Lismore Garden Club will be in recess over the Christmas/New Year period. The first meeting for 2010 will be on the second Thursday in February at 1pm at the Lismore Workers Club. Potential new members are most welcome. For info, phone Ray on 6625 1773 or Rosemary on 6629 3353.

Finally: “The person who rows the boat generally doesn’t have time to rock it.”

Happy gardening

Ron Burns


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