Dear Fellow Gardener,
I’ve just returned to my “office with a view over the garden” after dashing outside to take the washing off the line. What a day! I can see very threatening grey clouds building up with the promise
of more rain and as they say, the wind today could blow a dog off its chain! The morning was quite nice and I was able to manage a few odd jobs in the garden, one of them not such a ‘little job’.
Our neighbour, who doesn’t really
enjoy gardening but tries his best, asked us if we would like his tree ferns as he wanted to get rid of them. The previous owner had planted them in the wrong place and really wasn’t thinking that in the future they would be in a very inconvenient
position and would be a real nuisance, making it hard to access his carport with the fronds often getting in the way of people and cars. So, as we are still establishing our garden and love tree ferns we jumped at the opportunity, however, how to transfer
one massive tree fern, and one not so big, without killing them was our dilemma.
Again the wonders of the internet came to our rescue and I simply typed in the question and Gardening Australia guru Jane Edmanson gave us the answer, but we needed to
act quickly as she told us that they are best moved in winter. Cold weather for the next week is the forecast and so we got to work. We identified it as the soft tree fern, Dicksonia Antarctica, because it has no hairs or prickles at the base of the fronds.
So luck was our way! We, i.e. “The Husband” and “The Neighbour” and me as ‘The Chief Supervisor’, got to work. Following Janes advice it was easy to chain saw through the whole trunk and with my super woman powers helped
the men to put the nearly 3 metre fern into the back of our van, which made transporting it to our home quite easy, with little damage to the tree fern.
A hole was dug big enough to place the base in, about one metre in a sheltered spot, protected from
direct sun and hot winds (I hope!). Plenty of organic matter placed in the hole, stood it in the hole, stomped it in, and now it blends in beautifully with the Crow’s Nest ferns and many other ferns and the huge elk horn and stag horn.
that day when I showed another neighbour the new addition she thought it had been there for years!
Before lunch was on the table, a delicious spinach pie made from fresh silver beet, chives and parsley from my garden, a new tree fern was in the garden
and another much smaller one in a very large pot. Beautiful! A successful day! But now to keep it alive while it establishes itself in its new environment. Wish me luck!
Thank you to the club members who have paid their fees for the year. Your fees
have helped our club to pay for the posting of the newsletters, insurances, printing of membership cards and other small sundries.
Enjoy reading this month’s newsletter and happy gardening.
Things to do in the garden in October from Ralph
The soil is warming up and it’s time to get those plants and seeds into the ground.
In the vegetable garden
- Sow seed of Snow Peas & Peas, Beans, Zucchini, Squash, Pumpkin Radish and Beetroot. Plant seedlings of Lettuce, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Kale, Spring Onions, Shallots, Tomatoes, Egg Plant, Chillies, Peppers and Silverbeet. Plant potatoes.
Apply Slug bait. Watch for the White butterflies and take action by applying vegetable dust or spraying with Mavrik which is very safe when used as directed. There is also a product containing the bacterium Bacillus theringiensis that kills caterpillars when
applied as a spray.
Apply Mulch & fertiliser to Strawberry beds and Rhubarb
In the flower garden - Plant seedlings of Petunias, Lobelia, Alyssum, Dianthus, Lupins, Madeira Daisies, Marigolds, Candytuft and Cleome.
Most of the above are also available as potted colour. Sow seeds of wildflowers and a wide range of other seeds that will germinate in the warmer soil conditions.
Provide support for Sweet Peas. Apply fertiliser to Camellias, azaleas and
rhododendrons. Use specific fertilisers with low phosphorus for Natives. Bush Tucker from Neutrog is ideal.
Lawns - Apply fertiliser. Control weeds with a broad leaf lawn weeder. Mow regularly but not too low now that warmer days are here.
Fruit trees – Prune Apple Trees. Keep the base of all fruit trees free of weeds Apply Citrus & Fruit Tree fertiliser to all fruit trees. Watch for aphids on plums, peaches & nectarines. Treat any scale that appears on citrus
with white oil.
26TH OCTOBER 2020
are currently making plans to hold our annual plant sale at the Senior Citizens Centre but with the current restrictions and the changing of rules weekly we will be informing all members closer to the proposed date as to how this event will
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Reference: (Your full name)
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SORRY! NO TRIP!
Our proposed garden trips for 29th October & 12th November due to COVID have been postponed until further notice.
CAN YOU HELP WITH CREATIVE HARVEST
The Baw Baw Sustainability Network are planning to run this event on the weekend of 23 & 24 January 2021, if there are no COVID restrictions at the time.
Do you have a food garden that you would be willing to open?
Would you be willing to help as a volunteer on the weekend?
Would you like to be involved as an artist?
Please contact Wendy Savage on 0428422461 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS
- Rowes nursery, They have a large range of plants for sale, a wealth of garden knowledge and ask about receiving their regular email newsletters.
- Drouin Home Hardware, Princes Way, Drouin. (On the Melbourne side of Drouin) Check their hardware, gardening products and plants.
- Kurinda Roses, Warragul-Lardner Road, Warragul. Select from their huge range
of roses at reasonable prices. They also have a lovely range of garden related gifts for sale in their shop.
- Mattz Mowing and Garden Services. Lawn mowing, garden edges, hedge trimming, weed control, pruning, gutters cleaned
etc. Free quotes. Phone Matthew 0439 312 465
Printing of this newsletter courtesy Gary Blackwood MLA and staff, 3/24 Mason Street, Warragul. 5623 1960