Lismore Garden Club News - Nov 12

It looks like we will have a bumper crop on our mango trees for the first time in a few years. Fortunately, with our weather pattern reverting back to what it used to be a few decades back – a dry winter and spring and the rain starting now – it augers well for the mango crop and for quite a few things in the garden, with fungal diseases being negligible.

As I write this column almost a week before publication we have recorded 127mm or five inches of very welcome rain here at our place in Goonellabah in the last 12 days. In that time we will have all noticed an eruption of growth in the garden. The weather bureau tells us that the rain has not finished yet. Speaking to our son-in-law today at the Broadwater Sugar Mill I was astounded to learn that while we were away recently they received over 240mm or 12 inches of rain on the cane fields.

It’s an excellent time now to plant heat-tolerant annual flowers like alyssum, amaranths, cockscomb, impatiens, marigold, petunia and sunflower, and heat-tolerant vegies like beetroot, cucumber, pumpkin, radish, squash and sweet corn. Be sure to spray your cucurbits with full cream milk diluted in water to fend off mildew.

The next meeting of the Lismore Garden Club is today (Thursday, November 12) at the Lismore Workers Club at 1pm. Visitors and potential new members are most welcome. For more information phone Ray on 6625 1773 or Rosemary on 6629 3353. The club is holding their annual Christmas dinner at the Lismore Workers Club for members and their spouses at 6pm on Thursday, December 10. Book with Ray by December 6.

Finally: “More than hearts can imagine or minds comprehend, God’s bountiful gifts are ours without end, we ask for a cupful when the vast sea is ours, we pick a small rose bud from a garden of flowers.” – Helen Steiner Rice

Happy gardening

Ron Burns


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