November

October 2020
A message from our President:

Dear Fellow Gardener,

What a magnificent morning it is today and it promises to be a great day and what a ‘great day’ we are hoping to have at our plant sale on Monday 26th October. The Committee had a Zoom meeting yesterday and we have “A Plan” and I think the only thing that we couldn’t organise is the weather but…it is Victoria and who knows what the day will be?

We are very grateful to the Warragul Community Garden people who have very kindly offered us their facilities for the day, in particular Glenda T who is equally excited to get to meet our club members on the day.
The garden will be open for you to deliver your plants between 9.30 and 10.00 and the selling of plants will commence at 10.00 and finish at 12.00.
We will be maintaining all COVID regulations.
• Masks must be worn,
• Social distancing must be adhered to,
• Sanitizer will be available as you enter and exit the garden,
• There will be one gate to enter through and an exit gate,
• You must sign in as you enter the garden and include your phone number and time of arrival.
I have heard from some of our members that they do not know what price to place on their plants and so Ralph will assist on the day as you enter the garden. However we would very much appreciate it if you could price your plant yourself prior to arrival to limit congestion. It would be handy if you could label the plant with a name and any other relevant detail.

Rob will be at a desk to collect your money as you exit the garden, unfortunately we do not have EFTPOS facilities but he will be taking all precautions as we have heard that money is one of the surfaces that the virus can live upon for quite a long time.

Are you excited? It will be wonderful to see so many of you on the day but even more exciting is the fact that we will be having our annual October George Lowe Memorial Iris Competition at the plant sale. I have some beautiful Irises at the moment and I hope that I will be able to exhibit one on the day. We cannot have the usual judges as the day is not as per our regular garden club meeting and so we want YOU to be the JUDGE! Our wonderful Marj and Jan will be manning the exhibition table. More will be explained on the day. There will be a $50.00 prize for the winning entry. Second place getter will receive $20 and third place will win $10. We look forward to seeing some beautiful entries. We will provide a $50 prize for the member who gets all 3 correct. This will be divided if there is more than one correct answer.

There will be a raffle for a magnificent Planter Box that Henry and Zelma have prepared. Tickets are $2.00 each and they can be purchased upon entry to the garden from Mary and Ruth who will be there to greet you upon arrival. This could be a great Christmas present for someone if not for yourself.
I for one am looking forward to seeing many of you on the day and I am certain you will enjoy being able to be amongst your fellow gardening enthusiasts and so many of your friends. Equally exciting for me, as I am certain it is for you, is to have the opportunity to add to our gardens some of our members plants that have been so lovingly cared for over these unprecedented months in anticipation of this terrific event.
Cheers for now and see you on Monday 26th. Joy Please remember: We can only accept CASH.

Things to do in the garden in November:

This is the month when temperatures begin rising fast, so make sure mulch is in place to conserve water and have watering systems ready for use.
In the vegetable garden - Sow seed of Beans, Zucchini, Squash, Pumpkin, Radish, Sweetcorn and Beetroot. Plant seedlings of, Tomatoes, Spring Onions, Shallots, Tomatoes, Egg Plant, Chillies, Peppers. Spinach and Silver beet. Plant more potatoes. Apply Slug bait. Apply Mulch. Provide water and support for peas. Use a liquid fertiliser such as ‘Harvest’ to give all vegetables a useful feed. Spray Tomatoes and potatoes with Liquid Copper to prevent Early Blight.
In the flower garden - Plant seedlings of Petunias, Lobelia, Alyssum, Dianthus, Lupins, Marigolds, Candytuft and Cleome. Apply fertiliser (‘Kahuna, is ideal) to Camellias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons. For Natives, ‘Bush Tucker’ from Neutrog is now available and very good. Dead-head roses regularly to obtain repeat blooms. Spray at 14-day intervals to prevent Blackspot.
Lawns Control weeds with a broad leaf lawn weeder. Mow regularly but not too low now that warmer days are here. Set sprinklers at strategic positions if there are signs of water stress, especially new lawns.
Fruit trees Keep the base of all fruit trees free of weeds. Citrus & Fruit Tree fertiliser should have been applied to the drip line of all fruit trees in September, but application now will improve the size of the fruit. Watch for aphids on Plums, Peaches & Nectarines. Thin the fruit where necessary, treat any scale that appears on citrus with white oil.
A bit of history
For the more recent members of our Club: George Lowe, who the Iris competition is named after was one of the founding members of our Club, being one of the twenty one people who attended our first meeting on 28th March 1979. He was our first Treasurer. George lived on a farm at Lillico and was an avid grower and breeder of Irises. Members were invited to visit his garden on occasions. When George found the farm and large garden too much he moved into Warragul, taking some of his treasured plants with him to his new back yard in Clifford Street. (When I used to deliver Meals on Wheels to him, I noticed he had many items in his home adorned with Iris pictures – place mats, ornaments, vases, pictures on the wall etc). He lived and breathed Irises! When George passed away, he left a bequest to the Garden Club and it was decided to have an annual competition with cash prizes for the winners. In honour of George the competition was named “The George Lowe Memorial Iris competition”. George is pictured (right) showing us how to plant an Iris.

Please support our Club sponsors:
 Rowes nursery, 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

 

October

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.

Later 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.

Cheers

Joy

 

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.

PLANT SALE

26TH OCTOBER 2020

 

We 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 be conducted.

PAY YOUR CLUB FEES

Fees can be paid;

On Line :Fees - $15.00

BSB: 633 108

Account No: 160494753

Reference: (Your full name)

                            OR

Mail a Cheque to:

Warragul & District Garden Club

 PO Box 731

Warragul 3820

 

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 2021

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 wsavage@dcsi.net.au 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

 

September '20

A note from our new President, Joy.

Dear fellow gardener,
Rain, hail and cold days and more days lost in the garden but as I write to you from the warmth of my office and a view over my garden I am not really losing time in the garden as I have been busy using the wonders of technology to discover and learn so much more about gardening these past few weeks, after all we are never too old to learn new things.
I know that there is nothing that can truly replace the knowledge and experience of our gardening club members and the expert advice we obtain from our local nurseries for all things gardening, but, if you can’t get out then there are so many resources available on the internet.
In the past week I have used the computer for a zoom meeting with our committee members, a webinar with Burnley Gardens, and I have another Zoom meeting on Wednesday with the Baw Baw Food Movement when Prue Metcalfe will be giving a power point presentation on the Planter Box Project. In addition my son has introduced me to using the Google App to identify plants. Amazing!
And the results are;
Garden Club Committee
1. We are planning to have the plant sale the 26th October at the Senior Citizens Centre.
It will be a sale, not an auction and all regulations according to the COVID situation at the time, will be adhered to. We will keep you informed as soon as we know more. I have heard that many members have their hot houses full of wonderful plants for us to purchase.
2. Club fees can be paid on-line. Please follow the instructions shown in this newsletter or if you prefer, by cheque. $15.00 per person annual fee.
3. Henry has been busy preparing a Planter Box with some fabulous herbs for a raffle to be held at the plant sale.
4. We are going to try for a Zoom meeting in 27th September for all of our members, so stay tuned for more information. (I will contact you by email if this is able to be done.)
Burnley Gardens: Hidden Resource (11)
A very interesting Webinar with tips on keeping your garden healthy in winter and beyond, and they went behind the scenes into their nursery and greenhouses. Many questions were asked of the team on a wide variety of subjects such as growing indigenous plants, gore wasps and indoor pot plants. I am currently communicating with Burnley Gardens to try and organise this informative webinar to be shown to our club members at some stage in the near future. Again I will keep you informed as to my progress.

Baw Baw Food Movement.
I am looking forward to attending this Zoom Meeting and in particular reconnecting with Prue Metcalfe concerning the Planter Box Project. This is a wonderful project with the joining of two clubs, the Drouin Men’s shed and our club and the combined aim to assist people living alone by providing them with a planter box complete with herbs and flowers. We have heard that these boxes have given many recipients a lot of pleasure.

Google App. Do you know about this wonderful app.? Simply add this app to your I Phone or Android and then when you are unable to identify a plant simply take a photograph of it and it will give you the answer within seconds. Happy exploring on the net everyone and keep warm and safe. Not long to spring. Cheers, Joy

Things to do in the Garden in September

In the vegetable garden - Sow seeds of Radish, Snow Peas & Peas, Beans, carrots, Turnips and Beetroot. Plant seedlings of Lettuce, Cabbage, Broccoli, Kale, Onions, Shallots, Radish and Silverbeet. Plant potatoes. Plant Beans, Carrots and Parsnips toward the end of the month as the soil warms. Apply Slug bait. Hoe weeds regularly. Provide support for Broad Beans. Apply Mulch & fertiliser to Strawberry beds and Rhubarb.
In the flower garden - Plant seedlings of Pansies, Violas, Lobelia, Alyssum, Dianthus, Lupins, Madeira Daisies, Marigolds, Candytuft and Cleome. Most of the above are also available as potted colour. Provide support for Sweet Peas. Plant seedlings of Dianthus, Petunias and the whole range of summer flowers that become available later this month. Apply fertiliser to Camellias and Roses. Use specific fertilisers with low phosphorus for Natives. Bush Tucker from Neutrog is now available. Watch for aphids on Roses and treat as necessary.
Lawns - Apply fertiliser. Control weeds with a broad leaf lawn weeder. Mow regularly. Check sprinkler systems. Ants often colonise them during the winter months.
Fruit trees – Prune Apple Trees. Keep the base of all fruit trees free of weeds. Spray Nectarines and Peaches for “Curly Leaf” just before flowering. Apply Citrus & Fruit Tree fertiliser to all fruit trees. Keep weeds away from all fruit trees. Protect Strawberries with suitable netting and apply slug bait to protect fruit as it ripens. Watch for Black Aphid on Plums, Nectarines and Peaches. If spraying is necessary for aphid control only spray in the early morning or late evening when bees are not around.
• Mr Bill Hill has some beautiful garden books (both reference and coffee table) he would like to give to any garden club members who are interested. They were his wife’s (a keen gardener) and he would love them to go to a good home. He can be contacted on 0458 125 139.

• If any garden club member is interested in free horse poo they can contact Rachael on 0403 860242. You will need your own trailer or bags and shovel or fork to collect it. There is easy access.

• Don’t forget to email your garden related photos to Ralph. rslau@dcsi.net

 

SAVVY SENIORS SAFER HOMES SURVEY

This survey is looking to find out how safe senior residents currently feel in their home and what resources they need to feel safe and supported.

We have been asked to encourage you to complete the survey. If you’d like a copy of the survey mailed to you with a return envelope please contact Leonie on 56242411 or via email at bawbaw@bawbawshire.vic.gov.au

 

HOW TO PAY YOUR CLUB FEES

 

ONLINE:

 

BSB: 633 108

 

Account No: 160494753

 

Reference:  (Your full name)

 

MAIL:

 

 cheque to Warragul & District Garden Club

 

                   PO BOX 731

 

                  Warragul 3820

 

 

 

BE SCAM SAVVY!

     www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au

An excellent article by the Victoria State Government to keep you aware of scammers.

 

DO YOU NEED MASKS?

If you are having a problem with accessing masks contact Andrea at the Warragul Senior Citizens 56242803 OR you can obtain washable cotton masks at the Community House, Normanby Road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Please support our Club sponsors: 

 Rowes nursery, Landsborough Road, Warragul. rowes@dcsi.net.au 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