Lismore Garden Club News

Thank God for the lovely life-giving rain. Only famers and gardeners truly appreciate the value of this most valuable resource. Within days the dying lawn was starting to green up and all the plants in the garden seem to lift their heads in thanks.

Those of you that have well grown and well placed trees for summer sun protection will appreciate the blessing that they are. Suitable trees planted on the western side of your house are particularly vaulable in summer. It is most important to give due thought and take professonal guidance as to species and location before planting trees in urban areas as some species can pose a problem with invasive roots and limb and leaf dropping. Right now is a good time to plant shrubs and trees in your garden. Providing you give them care, they will be well established before winter.

I must confess that I have been in awe of some of the members of the Lismore Garden Club and their ability in vegie growing, particuarly in tomato growing. I have generally avoided growing tomatoes in summer due to the high incidents of pests and diseases. Let me tell you about a tomato plant that self seeded into the gravel path in our back garden. My wife Nita and I were working together and I suggested that I pull it out as it would have no chance growing in summer in a gravel path. However I was overruled. The tomato plant stayed, was stacked up and was watered and fed with pelleted chook manure, soluble fertiliser and Seasol. As I write the plant looks radiant with no sign of disease and crop to date (half grown) of 13 fruit. Testament to good nutrients and Nita’s insistance in “having a go”.

Don’t forget the clearance sale of excess tropical plants including orchids and bromeliads at my place this Sunday, February 7. Phone 6624 7422 or 0421 021 451. Also at the Adventist Op Shop behind the Adventist Church in Uralba St on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 9 and 10.

The next meeting of the Lismore Garden Club will be held at the Lismore Workers Club next Thursday, February 11, at 1pm. Visitors and potential new members most welcome. Info phone Ray 6625 1773 or Rosemary 6629 3353.

Finally: “Never mind trying to remember the names of the seven drawfs or the eight reindeer. Just remember the Ten Commandments.”

Happy gardening

Ron Burns


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