Lismore Garden Club News

When planting in the summer you will have more success if you plant late in the afternoon when it’s cool. Be sure to put some compost of potting mix with soil wetting agent into the hole. It is very important to mulch after planting. Water in with Seasol. If planting seedlings shade them with camphor laurel branches. Scatter some snail bait around them and they will need watering every day until established.

It’s ultra important to top up the mulch on the whole garden in this warm summer weather. It is especially important to mulch around thirsty exotics and those with a shallow root run. You can use anything that shades the soil and allows the water through. I prefer organic mulches. While they usually break down fairly quickly they are also feeding the soil and creating an ideal environment for important micro-organisms and earthworms. This in turn creates an ideal soil for our garden plants.

Potassium deficiency in summer is common when plants are growing at a maximum rate. Symptoms are yellowing leaves with green veins. The most expedient way of addressing the problem is to apply powdered sulphate of potash in water. It may take up to three applications to solve the problem.

If you want to give your whole garden a lift, purchase a two-litre plastic soluble fertiliser applicator that you attach to the hose and give the whole of your garden foliage a spray once a fortnight over summer. The best thing to use is seaweed fertiliser or Seasol plant tonic.

For information on the Lismore Garden Club phone Ron on 6625 1773 or Rosemary on 6629 3353.

Finally: “Kindly hearts are the garden, kind thoughts are the roots, kind words are the flowers, kind deeds are the fruits.”

Happy gardening

Ron Burns


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