Lismore Garden Club News

There are stacks of jobs to do right now in your spring garden. Admittedly keeping plants well-watered is of prime importance. Don't forget, a deep watering once a week is of value but often hand watering is detrimental.

Most of us have a few azaleas in our gardens. It is most important in this warm dry weather to give them a good soaking twice a week. If you are lucky enough to have a beautiful purple eupatorium shrub, give it the same water regime as azaleas in hot weather.

Jobs to do in early September: Water and fertilise spring flowering bulbs (they will store nutrients for next spring). Get weeds under control before they set seed and before next month's thunderstorms start and they get out of hand completely. Prune tibouchina, mussaenda and brugmansia by about one third and fertilise and deep water. Spray rockmelon and cucumber once a fortnight to prevent powdery mildew.

Start fertilising orchids with half-strength water soluble fertiliser such as Aquasol or Thrive once a fortnight. Fertilise bromeliads with Osmacote 'native' controlled release fertiliser at the rate of one teaspoon per plant. If you have trees, shrubs or a hedge with lawn growing up to the butts, clearing the lawn away and mulching will reduce the competition for water and nutrients, and they will jump ahead in leaps and bounds.

The prize-winning gardens in the Lismore Spring Garden Competition will be open to the public from Saturday, September 19 until Tuesday, September 22. For further information phone Wally 6624 1125.

Finally: “And God said, 'Behold I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit, you shall have them for food'.” - Genesis I:29

Happy gardening

Ron Burns


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