Lismore Garden Club News

I trust you all had a happy and restful break with loved ones over the Christmas and New Year period and are ready to get out the mower and gardening tools again. Hasn’t the rain been incredibly good? When we think back to early December 80% of NSW was declared to be in drought and our lawns were brown and we were toiling away at keeping the garden alive, in most cases with the application of expensive and barely effective town water. What a blessing to now walk in our gardens and enjoy the lovely green lawns and notice the growth of the plants. The rain in inland NSW has been an absolute, and I believe a literal, godsend.

Fertilising your garden including your potted plants in early January when the plants are most in need of nutrients for growth should be a priority. It is of no use and a waste of money to apply fertiliser between May and August when soil temperatures are too low for the plants to use the nutrients. Adopt the general rule of fertilising your garden with pellet fowl manure or animal manure, and potted plants with controlled release fertiliser such as Osmacote in the first week of September and the first week of January. Also, right now is a good time to apply a little sulphate of potash to fruiting and flowering plants in addition to the previously mentioned organic fertilisers. It can be purchased most economically by the kilo at your rural supplies store.

If you want to plant seedlings at this time of year it’s best to stick to the proven heat tolerant ones. Annual flowers: alyssum, amaranths, cockscomb, impatiens, marigold, petunia and sunflower. Vegies: beetroot, pumpkin, radish, sweet corn, snake beans and Ceylon spinach.

In addition to fertilising now is also the best time to be propagating plants from cuttings.

The first meeting of the Lismore Garden Club will be held on Thursday, February 11, at 1pm at the Lismore Workers Club. For further info phone Ray on 6625 1773 or Rosemary on 6629 3353.

Finally: At our place I like to help my wife with the housework. If I get in the situation of having to choose between gardening and the housework I generally flip a coin. If the coin stays suspended in mid air I help with the housework, but if it falls to the ground I do some gardening.

Happy gardening and happy new year!

Ron Burns


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