Dear Fellow Gardeners,
What interesting times we currently live in when making plans for the week ahead can so quickly come to nothing but lucky for us the 5 Day Lockdown ended in time for us to hold our February meeting but, we must be rigid in following COVID regulations. The committee agreed that we will hold the competitions and exhibitions but, so that we are adhering to the regulations, only one exhibit per person would be permitted in each category which
will allow us to accommodate all the exhibits in the one area with social distancing. Still no cuppa at the meeting but everyone is invited to join us at the Newmasons afterwards.
Volunteers make things happen! Jim and I recently enjoyed a Tuesday morning
helping at the Eastern Park community gardens at Warragul. It was a very pleasant morning and I found it extremely rewarding being able to help to maintain the garden for members of the community to enjoy the wonderful and healthy veggies. I did find
it amusing however as I started to weed a section of the garden and was very tactfully told by one of the regular helpers that I was pulling up the dandelions which they leave for some people who like to pick them to make a tea or eat as a salad vegetable.
How silly did I feel, for as many of you would well know, I am a lover of some weeds! I look forward to the next time we can help.
Clubs need volunteers! At our club many members happily and willingly contribute to the organising of meetings etc. as
did Di and John Dalton at our last meeting with their interesting presentation. Thank you again Di and John. However, at times we need that little bit of extra help too, as does everyone from time to time. If you would like to volunteer to help with being
an extra assistant with such things as organising trips, publicity, or the newsletter, please let us know. Thank you to Heather Coustley who has volunteered to organise the purchase of new badges for our members, something we have been talking about for some
time now. It is a well-known saying; “Many hands make light work.”
In this month’s ABC Gardening I found an interesting quote by Cicero. “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need” At the South Gippsland
Regional Garden Club meeting which I attended recently at Leongatha with Ralph and Henry, one of the members from San Remo recommended reading, “The Well- Gardened Mind” by Sue Stuart-Smith. This book provides a new perspective on the power of
gardening to change people’s lives. This book investigates the remarkable effects of nature on our health and wellbeing and I believe many of our members would certainly attest to this. Evidence of this must be with one of our past, very active members,
Edna Cropley who has just celebrated her 100th birthday! She was an active member of our club for many years as well a committee member. Her sister Hilda judged bench entries for many years before moving to Melbourne. Edna, I am told, has just recently
given up her weekly golf. A card was sent on your behalf congratulating her on this wonderful milestone.
So dear gardeners, the evidence is there, but I am certain you didn’t need to be reminded but maybe you can help to spread the news.
From Irene: Did you know?
Dandelions are NOT weeds but are from the same family as Sunflowers.
One cup of dandelion
greens = 535% of your daily recommended Vitamin K and 112% of Vitamin A.
A Dandelion Seed can travel up to 8kms before it lands. Every part of the Dandelion is edible.
Up until the 1800’s Dandelions were regarded as extremely beneficial.
People would remove grass to plant Dandelions.
PLEASE READ THE ATTACHMENT REGARDING THE TRIP TO CLOUDEHILL 25th MARCH
Things to do in the garden in March
The soil will remain warm enough right through until the end of April, so as soon as the Autumn rain arrives take the opportunity to sow relevant seeds. Unfortunately,
this is also the time that weed seeds germinate in abundance so be ready to deal with that challenge. Hoeing soon after the little seedlings emerge will save hours later.
Sow seeds of Carnation, Aquilegia, Alyssum, Cineraria, Delphinium, Dianthus, Polyanthus, Primula, Snapdragon, Viola and Wallflower. Alternatively purchase seedlings of the above and establish early. Planted by the beginning of April, Violas will last right
through until December. Once the ground has been well wetted, select new shrubs to replace those lost during summer heat. Autumn is the best time of the year to plant trees and shrubs from pots as they will establish a new root system before next summer. Bare
rooted planting should not begin until mid-May.
Vegetable Garden: Plant seeds of Beetroot, Cabbage, Turnip, Radish, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Silverbeet, Spinach and Spring
Onion. Again, many of the above can be purchased as seedlings if required. Watch for signs of caterpillar damage on cabbages etc and take action. Mavrik is effective or the use of a product containing Bacillus theringiensis is a natural way to deal with the
problem. The use of Seamungus in the beds at planting of most of the above gives seedlings a great start.
Lawns: Now is the best to establish new lawns either by seed or
turf. New roots will be able to go deep down before the hot days of next summer. The use of specially formulated fertiliser at the time of sowing seed will pay dividends and will not burn the new roots. Provide fertiliser for established lawns and re-sow those
dead or damaged areas. Do not use lawn fertiliser when the plants are very young.
Orchard: Look for signs of Black Mould that usually indicates the presence of Scale.
Ants running up the trunk of trees can be another sign. Spray with White Oil twice at an interval of a month. For heavy infestations it may be necessary to use an initial spraying of a Scale preparation that incorporates an insecticide. Citrus trees should
receive a dressing of Fruit Tree Fertiliser during March such as Neutrog’s Gigantic around the drip line to swell the fruit and increase sweetness.
Places to go:
- Fri. 5th (1.30pm – 5.00pm) & Sat. 6th (10.00.am -4.00pm)
Welshpool & District Horticultural Society Inc 60th Autumn Show at Welshpool Memorial Hall
of Diamonds- featuring the colour silver.
- Sat.6th & Sun7th March. (10am – 4pm)
Plant Collectors Sale & Garden Expo - The Ferny Creek Horticultural Society,
Hilton Road, Sassafras. Free onsite parking -$5.00 Entry (under 14 free)
Rare and unusual perennials, bulbs, trees, succulents and more. Set in 10 acres of beautiful gardens.
Guided walks available. Light refreshments available.
Please support our Club sponsors: This is especially relevant now,
as many businesses have suffered during the Covid lockdown.
- 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. Shop now closed until bare-root plants available in May. They still have plants for sale at several markets including Rokeby and Longwarry.
Mowing and Garden Services. Lawn mowing, garden edges, hedge trimming, weed control, pruning, gutters cleaned etc. Free quotes. Phone Matthew 0439 312 465
of this newsletter courtesy Gary Blackwood MLA and staff, 3/24 Mason Street, Warragul. 5623 1960