September 2021

A message from our President:

 

Dear Fellow Gardener,

What’s on the menu at your house tonight? As I haven’t been able to get out into the garden much this week, I have been enjoying cooking, but to add to my enjoyment is the “Joy” I get from using fresh produce from my small veggie patch. This week I have made a delicious Spinach Pie (Spanakopita), using leeks, parsley, and spinach straight from the garden to the kitchen bench. Last night I baked a whole Flathead, stuffed with lemons, onions, sage, parsley, and thyme from my herb garden and served with a side salad of steamed rocket, the last of my broccoli and snow peas drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice as well as fresh fennel (just starting to get a go on) sliced up with a spring onion, salt and pepper and, of course, more lemon juice. It was delicious!

For breakfast today we had poached eggs with fresh asparagus, which have just started to shoot, and for morning tea a couple of healthy muesli biscuits made using orange rind and orange juice and for lunch, Jim’s favourite chicken soup in which I used the last of my celery and again fresh herbs. 

As I have mentioned before, we have a neighbourhood who love to share their excess produce and so I have been spending time thinking of the many ways to use the lemons, oranges and grapefruit. This year the citrus has been amazing, and neighbours kindly give them away at an alarming rate at the moment. With this week of cold bleak weather, the aromas from the kitchen combined with the bunches of fresh freesias, daffodils and the sweet smell of the Boronia has brought comfort to our home during these hard times of lockdown restrictions. I hope you have been able to get enjoyment from your garden too, now that Spring has sprung.

I trust you enjoy reading this month’s newsletter as it contains a lot of important messages for you and a lot of helpful hints as to what to do this month in your garden.

Cheers

Joy

 

Things to do in the garden in October:

 

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, Watermelon, Rock Melon, Radish, Sweetcorn, Carrots 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. Work in Neutrog’s Gigantic as a general fertiliser when planting.

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.

 

What will 2022 bring for us?  Hopefully we will all be vaccinated and able to enjoy the freedom of going on bus trips again.  We are looking for suggestions of places that would be of interest to members to visit. Ideas for guest speakers are also welcomed.  Please discuss any ideas you have with a committee member or email your thoughts to Club President, Joy at d.j.vikas@bigpond.com

 

Raffle:  Tickets at $2 each or 3 for $5 are on sale and will be drawn at our October meeting.  First prize is a beautiful 3D picture of an Iris.  2nd and 3rd prizes are a bag of Neutrog Fertilizer, 4th prize is a collection of gardening items.  All proceeds from the raffle go towards purchasing a large TV screen for improved presentations at our meetings.

 

Baw Baw Shire Council recently advised of rules regarding urban nature strips.  There are many rules and regulations regarding what you can and can’t do.  Some things not allowed are bark mulch, crushed gravel, synthetic grass, concrete, prickly plants and vegetable gardens.  Approval on types of plants (varieties and heights) and trees require an application to the Council.  Fees apply. Details can be found on their website, www.bawbawshire.vic.gov.au and type ‘nature strips’ into the search window.

 

Plant netting:  The DELWP (Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning) has issued a warning about the size of holes in netting used to cover plants and the danger to wildlife.  If your finger fits through the hole, the netting is not fine enough.  The netting is illegal and can attract a fine. Further details can be obtained from their website www.delwp.vic.gov.au or by phoning their customer service centre 136186.

 

A reminder:  If you did not receive the Garden Club newsletter during our Covid shutdowns either by mail or email could you please update your details with our Secretary.

 

Fertilizer orders:  Members wishing to place orders for our next delivery of fertilizers need to have their orders in prior to October 11th for delivery on Friday, 5th November.

 

 

Our October meeting is when we hold our annual George Lowe Memorial Iris Competition.  George was on the founding committee of our club back in 1978.  He took the position of Treasurer.  George was an avid grower, breeder and exhibitor of Irises as well as being a keen Garden Club member.  In the early days of the club (1979) George held a garden party at his property on Lillico Road to raise funds for the club.  The garden party raised $142.17.  That year George also won first prize in the Showbench aggregate competition and received a potted plant for his efforts as did second and third place getters  - Edythe Matchett & Joyce Nobelius.  When George passed away a number of years ago he left a bequest in his will to the Garden Club.  It was decided to use this as prize money for the annual Iris Competition held in his name.

 

October meeting:  Scheduled for Monday, 25th October but this is dependant on covid regulations. We will advise members closer to the date.  (A reminder to make sure your contact details are up to date.)

Flower of the month:  One Stem of Iris

 

 

 

Please support our Club sponsors:  Don’t forget to check their updates on our Club website.

 

  • 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
  • Drouin Nursery. Convenient for Drouin members - new owner, Andre Linossier looks forward to meeting you.  Phone 0417 041507

 

August 2021

Winners of the show bench sections in June as judged by Dawn Gough

Section

First

Second

Third

Flower of the month

Aileen White

Ralph Slaughter

Ralph Slaughter

One Rose  

No entries

 

 

One stem of other flower (not a Rose)

Ralph Slaughter

Kerry Elliott

Joy Vikas

Stem of foliage (no buds or flowers)

Hillary Height

Ralph Slaughter

Ralph Slaughter

Floral Art (in water)

June Dineen

Hillary Height

Annette Willmott

Bulbs, Tubers, Corms, Rhizomes

Carol Burns

Ralph Slaughter

Ralph Slaughter

Flowering Shrub (in flower) 1 stem

-

 

 

Container of flowers

Annette Willmott

Carol Burns

-

Cacti, succulent or potted plant

Ralph Slaughter

= Ralph Slaughter

= Carol Burns

Annette Willmott

Above ground vegetable

Ralph Slaughter

Ralph Slaughter

Ralph Slaughter

Below ground vegetable

Carol Burns

Carol Burns

Ron Blair

Herbs (flowering, non-flowering, mixed)

-

 

 

Fruits, Nuts

Ralph Slaughter

Ralph Slaughter

Carol Burns

Novice

Joy Vikas

 

BEST EXHIBIT

June Dineen

 

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S CHAIR (Meeting cancelled due to lockdown)

 

Dear Fellow Gardeners,

Here I sit at my desk after a lovely morning’s exercise walk, which is one thing we can do during another lockdown, and hoping this newsletter finds you well and happy! While out walking it was lovely to see so many daffodils starting to pop their beautiful yellow heads up and give us a sense that  the end of winter is near.

 

Thank you to all who bought daffodil bulbs in support of the West Gippsland Hospital Fund raiser and a total of $175.00 has been forwarded on and Karyn O’Brien, Public Relations Manager, was delighted to hear that the last of their bulbs had been sold.

 

Ralph’s ‘Jobs to do in the garden in August’ is also a reminder that Spring is nearly upon us, and it is time to get ourselves organised for planting seeds and fertilizing. Yesterday I happily spent an hour cleaning my garden shed and then disinfecting my punnets and preparing my little hot house, courtesy of an idea I got from a Gardening Australia magazine last year, for my summer veggie garden. While I was sweeping and cleaning I was so happy, even though it was very cold outside, but I was enjoying the peace and the fresh air and I was singing to myself. Do you sing while in the garden?

At our last meeting we all enjoyed a song sung and composed by club member Val Dack.

“ A garden for me, a garden for you,

   It’s a lifetime of Joy,

  With so much to do,

  At the Garden Club meeting,

  We can show bench or treasure,

  And meet and greet members for a morning of pleasure.”

How wonderful it was and thank you so much Val for bringing a smile to our faces.

I love to sing a song or two and yesterday for some reason “Que Sera Sera”, an oldie but a goodie, by Doris Day came to my mind. “Que Sera Sera, whatever will be will be, the futures not ours to see, que sera sera, what will be will be.” How appropriate is that and isn’t that what we all need to remember now. Our meetings are uncertain, our garden trips are uncertain but …what will be, will be!

 

**Unfortunately, our meeting for Monday 26th is unable to be held due to this current lockdown.

Paul Kirkpatrick was to speak on “Wendy Whiteley’s garden” (Wife of the late Brett Whiteley, well known artist). He has kindly agreed to speak at our August meeting and June Dineen, who was to talk in August about best practices for exhibiting, has agreed to defer her presentation for a date to be announced.

At our coming Monday meeting we were asking members to pay for the Bus trip to Garden World and Crystal World, planned for Thursday 12th August.

If you are still interested in participating in this trip could you please email me as soon as possible.

Cost of the trip is $30 payable as you get onto the bus. If we do not get enough participants I will need to postpone this trip.

REMINDER:

Pick up is at Warragul 9:15 and Drouin 9:30.

Please advise me where you will be picked up from in your email.

 

If you need assistance with one of our walkers or wheelchairs, please let me know.

 

BYO lunch or purchase at the Garden World Café.

 

Covid rules will apply both on the bus and at the places we visit.  Don’t forget to bring your mask.

 If intending to make any purchases it would be advisable to bring some bags with you.

 

A reminder that our September meeting will be at the Normanby Street Community Garden (parking behind the Toy Library).  We will have our annual sale of plants which have been lovingly grown by our members and there will be a raffle as well. Lockdown is a perfect time to pot and take cutting for this very important activity as funds raised will go towards helping us to purchase better equipment for presentations at our meetings.

 

Keep well and keep safe. Mask up, practice social distancing and always remember to wash your hands and let’s hope that this is the last lockdown.

Ah! Another song has come to my mind, “High Hopes”. Remember the lyrics, “Next time you’re down with your feet to the ground there’s a lot to be learnt, just look around!

Get out into the garden and enjoy and remember the yellow daffodils are a symbol of happiness and new beginnings.

We will get through this together. Enjoy preparing your garden ready for Spring.

Joy

Fertiliser Collection At this stage we are expecting the fertiliser ordered by members, to be delivered on Friday August 6th at Jan Newgreen’s property, 65 Rulemont Road, Warragul. A confirmatory Email including time for pick-up will be sent nearer the time.

 

Jobs to do in the garden in August

August is when the ‘Gardening Year’ starts all over again. Air temperatures begin to rise but the most important is improved soil temperatures which assist both germination of seeds and new growth of plants. August is also the best time to start applying fertiliser. Mid-August is ideal as the various plants make their new roots underground. When you see new shoots appearing, not only is the plant waking up above ground but it will be doing the same below ground.

Flower Garden: Complete Rose pruning and spray with Lime Sulphur. Apply Dolomite lime. Apply rose fertiliser (Neutrog Sudden Impact or Black Marvel) during third or fourth week. Watch for Aphids to make their first appearance. Complete dividing perennials, cut back Fuchsias and prune hydrangeas back to the best big fat buds, thinning out old wood. Plant Alyssum, Aquilegias, Delphiniums, Violas, Primulas and Pansies as potted colour to get a quick result. The first petunias can be planted under cover or raised in the greenhouse. Weeds will begin to grow quickly so hoe regularly.

Vegetable Garden: Plant Cauliflower, Broccoli, Cabbage and Silverbeet. Plant seed potatoes but watch for late frost. Earth up or cover with newspaper if frost is forecast.
Prepare Garden beds with top-up of soil if necessary. Apply plenty of rotted compost, Seamungus or Searles Five-in One. Then apply Dolomite lime, turning over the soil a spade depth. Peas and Snow Peas can be sown but wait until September when the soil warms, for sowing beans. Plant tomatoes under cover at the end of the month.

Lawns: This is the best month for essential weeding as the broad leaf weeds are now growing fast and will absorb the sprays well. Cape Weed will flower in October so a second spray may be needed to kill the big “Old Man” ones that can cover so much lawn. An application of some lawn seed to repair the patches left behind may be necessary. Mow regularly but not 4 days before or after the application of lawn weed spray. Yates lawn weeder, despite being the cheapest, seems to do a great job when used as directed.

 

Home Orchard: Complete pruning of Apples and Pears. Spray them with Lime Sulphur. Spray Peaches and Nectarines with Liquid Copper or other copper sprays for the control of Curly Leaf, being ready to spray as soon as bud colour is present. Spray until the product can be seen running down the trunk of the tree. Watch for the presence of Scale and “Sooty Mould” on Citrus trees and spray if necessary, with White Oil. Prune to shape after harvesting fruit. Black Peach aphid may appear on Peach, Apricot. Nectarine and especially plum trees, early in Spring so be ready to deal with it also.

Bus trip to Garden World and Crystal World planned for Thursday 12th August, leaving Warragul from the car park near the Burke Street tennis courts at 9.15 and picking up in Drouin.  BYO lunch or purchase at the Garden World Café. Covid rules will apply both on the bus and at the places we visit.  Don’t forget to bring your mask.  If intending to make any purchases it would be advisable to bring some bags with you. Cost of the trip is $30 payable to our treasurer (in a named envelope).

Did you know that putting mushrooms (with gill side up) out in the sunshine for an hour or two before using will mean that the mushrooms will get a boost of Vitamin D, a vitamin that is lacking in a large percentage of us?

Tomatoes – Fruit or vegetable?  In the 1890’s there was confusion about which category they fitted into when a US Supreme Court named them a vegetable for tax reasons.

Sweet corn is a member of the grass family.

Pumpkin seeds contain more protein than an equal quantity of beef mince.

Strawberries contain about 200 seeds, to be outdone by the pomegranate with a massive 1000 seeds.

 

Quote: You know you are a fanatical gardener when you think ‘Multiculturalism’ means planting flowers with vegetables!

 

Guest speaker (August):  Paul Kirkpatrick “Wendy Whitley’s Garden”.

Flower of the month (August): Three spring bulbs

 

Morning tea duty (Aug):   June, Dawn & Judith. We encourage members to bring their own cups.

 

Please support our Club sponsors:  Don’t forget to check their updates on our Club website.

 

  • Rowes nursery, ture of peet moss and top soil. The potatoes keep the stems moist and help develop the root systems. It's a perfectly simple way to multiply your rose garden without spending lots of $$$.Landsborough Road, Warragul.    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

July 2021

Winners of the show bench sections in June as judged by Dawn Gough

Section

First

Second

Third

Flower of the month

Aileen White

Ralph Slaughter

Ralph Slaughter

One Rose  

No entries

 

 

One stem of other flower (not a Rose)

Ralph Slaughter

Kerry Elliott

Joy Vikas

Stem of foliage (no buds or flowers)

Hillary Height

Ralph Slaughter

Ralph Slaughter

Floral Art (in water)

June Dineen

Hillary Height

Annette Willmott

Bulbs, Tubers, Corms, Rhizomes

Carol Burns

Ralph Slaughter

Ralph Slaughter

Flowering Shrub (in flower) 1 stem

-

 

 

Container of flowers

Annette Willmott

Carol Burns

-

Cacti, succulent or potted plant

Ralph Slaughter

= Ralph Slaughter

= Carol Burns

Annette Willmott

Above ground vegetable

Ralph Slaughter

Ralph Slaughter

Ralph Slaughter

Below ground vegetable

Carol Burns

Carol Burns

Ron Blair

Herbs (flowering, non-flowering, mixed)

-

 

 

Fruits, Nuts

Ralph Slaughter

Ralph Slaughter

Carol Burns

Novice

Joy Vikas

 

BEST EXHIBIT

June Dineen

 

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S CHAIR (Meeting cancelled due to lockdown)

 

Dear Fellow Gardeners,

Here I sit at my desk after a lovely morning’s exercise walk, which is one thing we can do during another lockdown, and hoping this newsletter finds you well and happy! While out walking it was lovely to see so many daffodils starting to pop their beautiful yellow heads up and give us a sense that  the end of winter is near.

 

Thank you to all who bought daffodil bulbs in support of the West Gippsland Hospital Fund raiser and a total of $175.00 has been forwarded on and Karyn O’Brien, Public Relations Manager, was delighted to hear that the last of their bulbs had been sold.

 

Ralph’s ‘Jobs to do in the garden in August’ is also a reminder that Spring is nearly upon us, and it is time to get ourselves organised for planting seeds and fertilizing. Yesterday I happily spent an hour cleaning my garden shed and then disinfecting my punnets and preparing my little hot house, courtesy of an idea I got from a Gardening Australia magazine last year, for my summer veggie garden. While I was sweeping and cleaning I was so happy, even though it was very cold outside, but I was enjoying the peace and the fresh air and I was singing to myself. Do you sing while in the garden?

At our last meeting we all enjoyed a song sung and composed by club member Val Dack.

“ A garden for me, a garden for you,

   It’s a lifetime of Joy,

  With so much to do,

  At the Garden Club meeting,

  We can show bench or treasure,

  And meet and greet members for a morning of pleasure.”

How wonderful it was and thank you so much Val for bringing a smile to our faces.

I love to sing a song or two and yesterday for some reason “Que Sera Sera”, an oldie but a goodie, by Doris Day came to my mind. “Que Sera Sera, whatever will be will be, the futures not ours to see, que sera sera, what will be will be.” How appropriate is that and isn’t that what we all need to remember now. Our meetings are uncertain, our garden trips are uncertain but …what will be, will be!

 

**Unfortunately, our meeting for Monday 26th is unable to be held due to this current lockdown.

Paul Kirkpatrick was to speak on “Wendy Whiteley’s garden” (Wife of the late Brett Whiteley, well known artist). He has kindly agreed to speak at our August meeting and June Dineen, who was to talk in August about best practices for exhibiting, has agreed to defer her presentation for a date to be announced.

At our coming Monday meeting we were asking members to pay for the Bus trip to Garden World and Crystal World, planned for Thursday 12th August.

If you are still interested in participating in this trip could you please email me as soon as possible.

Cost of the trip is $30 payable as you get onto the bus. If we do not get enough participants I will need to postpone this trip.

REMINDER:

Pick up is at Warragul 9:15 and Drouin 9:30.

Please advise me where you will be picked up from in your email.

 

If you need assistance with one of our walkers or wheelchairs, please let me know.

 

BYO lunch or purchase at the Garden World Café.

 

Covid rules will apply both on the bus and at the places we visit.  Don’t forget to bring your mask.

 If intending to make any purchases it would be advisable to bring some bags with you.

 

A reminder that our September meeting will be at the Normanby Street Community Garden (parking behind the Toy Library).  We will have our annual sale of plants which have been lovingly grown by our members and there will be a raffle as well. Lockdown is a perfect time to pot and take cutting for this very important activity as funds raised will go towards helping us to purchase better equipment for presentations at our meetings.

 

Keep well and keep safe. Mask up, practice social distancing and always remember to wash your hands and let’s hope that this is the last lockdown.

Ah! Another song has come to my mind, “High Hopes”. Remember the lyrics, “Next time you’re down with your feet to the ground there’s a lot to be learnt, just look around!

Get out into the garden and enjoy and remember the yellow daffodils are a symbol of happiness and new beginnings.

We will get through this together. Enjoy preparing your garden ready for Spring.

Joy

Fertiliser Collection At this stage we are expecting the fertiliser ordered by members, to be delivered on Friday August 6th at Jan Newgreen’s property, 65 Rulemont Road, Warragul. A confirmatory Email including time for pick-up will be sent nearer the time.

 

Jobs to do in the garden in August

August is when the ‘Gardening Year’ starts all over again. Air temperatures begin to rise but the most important is improved soil temperatures which assist both germination of seeds and new growth of plants. August is also the best time to start applying fertiliser. Mid-August is ideal as the various plants make their new roots underground. When you see new shoots appearing, not only is the plant waking up above ground but it will be doing the same below ground.

Flower Garden: Complete Rose pruning and spray with Lime Sulphur. Apply Dolomite lime. Apply rose fertiliser (Neutrog Sudden Impact or Black Marvel) during third or fourth week. Watch for Aphids to make their first appearance. Complete dividing perennials, cut back Fuchsias and prune hydrangeas back to the best big fat buds, thinning out old wood. Plant Alyssum, Aquilegias, Delphiniums, Violas, Primulas and Pansies as potted colour to get a quick result. The first petunias can be planted under cover or raised in the greenhouse. Weeds will begin to grow quickly so hoe regularly.

Vegetable Garden: Plant Cauliflower, Broccoli, Cabbage and Silverbeet. Plant seed potatoes but watch for late frost. Earth up or cover with newspaper if frost is forecast.
Prepare Garden beds with top-up of soil if necessary. Apply plenty of rotted compost, Seamungus or Searles Five-in One. Then apply Dolomite lime, turning over the soil a spade depth. Peas and Snow Peas can be sown but wait until September when the soil warms, for sowing beans. Plant tomatoes under cover at the end of the month.

Lawns: This is the best month for essential weeding as the broad leaf weeds are now growing fast and will absorb the sprays well. Cape Weed will flower in October so a second spray may be needed to kill the big “Old Man” ones that can cover so much lawn. An application of some lawn seed to repair the patches left behind may be necessary. Mow regularly but not 4 days before or after the application of lawn weed spray. Yates lawn weeder, despite being the cheapest, seems to do a great job when used as directed.

 

Home Orchard: Complete pruning of Apples and Pears. Spray them with Lime Sulphur. Spray Peaches and Nectarines with Liquid Copper or other copper sprays for the control of Curly Leaf, being ready to spray as soon as bud colour is present. Spray until the product can be seen running down the trunk of the tree. Watch for the presence of Scale and “Sooty Mould” on Citrus trees and spray if necessary, with White Oil. Prune to shape after harvesting fruit. Black Peach aphid may appear on Peach, Apricot. Nectarine and especially plum trees, early in Spring so be ready to deal with it also.

Bus trip to Garden World and Crystal World planned for Thursday 12th August, leaving Warragul from the car park near the Burke Street tennis courts at 9.15 and picking up in Drouin.  BYO lunch or purchase at the Garden World Café. Covid rules will apply both on the bus and at the places we visit.  Don’t forget to bring your mask.  If intending to make any purchases it would be advisable to bring some bags with you. Cost of the trip is $30 payable to our treasurer (in a named envelope).

Did you know that putting mushrooms (with gill side up) out in the sunshine for an hour or two before using will mean that the mushrooms will get a boost of Vitamin D, a vitamin that is lacking in a large percentage of us?

Tomatoes – Fruit or vegetable?  In the 1890’s there was confusion about which category they fitted into when a US Supreme Court named them a vegetable for tax reasons.

Sweet corn is a member of the grass family.

Pumpkin seeds contain more protein than an equal quantity of beef mince.

Strawberries contain about 200 seeds, to be outdone by the pomegranate with a massive 1000 seeds.

 

Quote: You know you are a fanatical gardener when you think ‘Multiculturalism’ means planting flowers with vegetables!

 

Guest speaker (August):  Paul Kirkpatrick “Wendy Whitley’s Garden”.

Flower of the month (August): Three spring bulbs

 

Morning tea duty (Aug):   June, Dawn & Judith. We encourage members to bring their own cups.

 

Please support our Club sponsors:  Don’t forget to check their updates on our Club website.

 

  • Rowes nursery, ture of peet moss and top soil. The potatoes keep the stems moist and help develop the root systems. It's a perfectly simple way to multiply your rose garden without spending lots of $$$.Landsborough Road, Warragul.    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