Lismore Garden Club News

Given the incredibly warm weather that we have had lately, fruit fly will be very active, particularly if any of your neighbours have neglected to pick up fly-affected fallen fruit last season. To overcome the fly problem in your current crop spray with Yates’ fruit fly and insect killer six, four, three, two and one week before picking. Currently I am spraying my dwarf Japanese peaches and my Kensington pride mangoes. Soon I will be spraying my Fuyu persimmons and my guavas and later in the summer I will by spraying my Washington navel oranges.

Most of us will admit to a fascination for tropical fruit. Perhaps there are a few of us that have grown the exotic dragon fruit. It is an epiphytic (growing on trees, but not parasitic), succulent vine with triangular stems similar to the very beautiful orchid cactus. A garden club friend who has had success at growing the dragon fruit kindly gave me a cutting (thanks Rosemary). I have managed to grow it on and have produced four plants which I have planted and am looking forward to fruit in the future. I will keep you posted.

Amongst the array of subtropical plants that I propagate for the Adventist Op Shop are a few varieties of ginger. While most are very beautiful, but purely decorative, I am growing the very practical eating ginger made famous in Australia by the Buderim district in Queensland. I was first given this ginger a couple of years ago by a neighbour (thanks Karl). I simply planted it in the vegie garden with some compost and didn’t pay much attention to it until recently when I noticed that it had started to shoot up from the annual dormancy. From one plant it had multiplied to an area about 60cm across. It is very easy to grow and very good for your health.

The Lismore Garden Club is a group of really friendly folk who love gardening and social outings. For information on the club please phone club president Ray on 6621 4100 or secretary Rosemary on 6629 3353.

Finally: “The easiest way to get to sleep is to work all day in your garden, fine tuning it for Christmas, and then count your blessings instead of sheep.”

Happy gardening

Ron Burns


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