Lismore Garden Club News

Pest, diseases and weeds are rampant in our gardens at this time of the year. The rain has been welcomed by gardeners. Unfortunately the combination of rain and the warm weather creates high humidity, in which fungal diseases thrive. To avoid making the problem worse water your garden and potted plants in the morning to allow them to dry out before night fall. If you must water in the afternoon try to water the soil and not the leaves.

Monolepta beetles have been in plague proportion in the area for the last few weeks. We had a fairly bad infestation in our garden. I found that spraying with pyrethrum with a few drops of washing up detergent laid them low. The big brown grasshopper and the medium green one with blue eyes are causing lots of damage at present. To keep them under control be vigilant as you take your regular walk in the garden and hand catch and destroy them. Use the same principle for keeping weeds under control; don’t let them get out of control but hand pull them as they appear.

Snails tend to be a resurgent problem with every shower of rain. There are several suggested so-called alternative methods of control. Most do not work properly. Snail bait with Bitrex is a deterrent for animals and children is still the most effective. Always use common sense and care with all pest and disease control.

At the first meeting of the Lismore Garden Club for 2010, last Thursday, we were very blessed to have as our guest speaker David Manby from the Seedling House Nursery. David’s favourite plants, tropical plants, are also my favourite plants. He spoke on bromeliads, gingers, heleconias and taccas (bat plants). Many, including me, were most inspired. It so happened, that just prior to the meeting I started to prepare the garden to plant a few more stunning hybrid gingers. So don’t hold back if you have an urge to plant a few exotic looking tropical plants, get stuck into it and prepare a garden bed and plant it. The Lismore Garden Club meets on the second Thursday of each month at 1pm at the Lismore Workers Club. For info please phone Ray on 66245 1773 or Rosemary on 6629 3353.

Finally: “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in” – Greek proverb.

Happy Gardening

Ron Burns


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