A message from our President:
Dear Fellow Gardener,
I have just finished a basket of ironing - winter and summer clothes. Crazy weather! My children tell me that no one irons these days, but I am
afraid that I still like my pillowcases, tea towels and clothes ironed, and I enjoy the time to reflect about ‘things’. So now, after ruminating about the last couple of weeks I can share with you my ‘reflections’.
be the last edition of our newsletter for 2020 and as everyone says, “What a year it has been”. We started the year with so many plans for our club, with various speakers and trips, and as Robert Burns said “The best laid plans of mice and
men often go awry”. We were particularly disappointed that our annual August Plant Auction was unable to be held but what a fabulous success our substitute Plant Sale proved to be.
Gardeners are like the willow tree, strong and flexible, and even
though the day was very windy and grey, 48 members gathered (according to COVID regulations) at the Eastern Park Community Garden to purchase plants and re unite with fellow friends from the club. It was equally wonderful to have 10 non-members join us and
consequentially we have 5 new members.
Special thank you must go to our fabulous committee who organised this event which, after proving to be so successful, will now become an annual event and replace the auction.
To Mary and Ruth, who did such
a great job at greeting everyone at the gate and selling raffle tickets for the Planter Box which had been created by Henry and Zelma, thank you. With your efforts $165.00 was raised, a terrific result. Congratulations to Jill Davey who was the incredibly
To Ralph, who was kept busy helping people to price their plants, and to Rob, who happily collected the money, thank you! The result was $830.00 made on the day. A fantastic result.
To Janice and Marj who worked under such terribly
windy conditions to display the Irises for the George Lowe Memorial Iris competition and then collated the peoples votes, thank you. The Irises were magnificent and congratulations to June Dineen who won First, Second and Third place for her Irises.
Thank you to everyone who displayed Irises on the day, they were all beautiful.
Finally, to the volunteers from the Eastern Park Community Garden a HUGE THANKYOU for allowing us to use the gardens to hold our function and we look forward to working
together more in the future.
The day was successful on many levels but one of the most important benefits of the day was coming back together as gardeners and catching up after not being able to meet for 7 months and, now that restrictions are beginning
to ease, we feel that we can confidently meet for our last meeting for the year on Monday 23rd November at 11.00am.
Our plan is to hold a Christmas get together in Rotary Park, 11 Latrobe St, Warragul in the rotunda. The
rotunda is a large area with 7 tables, each seating approximately 8 people, and bench chairs, a BBQ and a fire pit in the centre. Parking is easy and plentiful with easy access to toilets. Bring your own food and drinks and join in the fun as Santa Claus has
promised to visit and bring everyone a little reward for being so good this year and staying home!
At our November Christmas luncheon it has been the tradition to hand out the awards for best exhibitors of the year however this year, having been quite
out of the normal, it has been decided to carry over the results into 2021.
I look forward to seeing you at the park but if you are unable to attend, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and, most importantly, stay safe, healthy and keep
up the gardening.
Finally, do not forget to mark in your diary our first meeting for 2021, Monday 25th January.
All the Best, Joy
Things to do in the garden
in December & January:
Most activities in the garden at this time of year relate to the need to provide sufficient water to plants. As soon as temperatures over
30C arrive sprinklers and soaker hoses need to be put into position. Drippers are the best way to water roses. Try to provide 4 litres per plant at least twice a week. Mulching with pea straw, sugar cane mulch or lucerne will be beneficial for both flowers
and vegetables. Bark and wood shavings will work but take a lot of nitrogen from the soil as they break down so there will be a need to add a relevant fertiliser to overcome this potential problem. When using sprinklers, position them so that plants do not
finish up in a ‘water shadow’.
In the vegetable garden - Sow seeds of Radish, Beans, Parsnips, Zucchini, Squash, Pumpkin and Beetroot. Plant seedlings of Spring Onions and Silver beet. Plant
more Sweet corn. Plant tomatoes for a late crop also Capsicum and Chilli & Beans
In the flower garden - Plant seedlings of Petunias, Impatiens, Lobelia, Alyssum, Dianthus, Lupins,
Madeira Daisies, Marigolds, Candytuft and Cleome. Most of the above are also available as potted colour. Sow seeds of a whole range of summer loving flowers such as Salvias, Petunias, Dianthus, Ageratum, Alyssum, Lobelia and Wild Flower Mix. Apply the
next dose of Sudden Impact for Roses when dead-heading in early December.
Lawns – Mow regularly. Keep the blades high
to prevent early drying of the soil underneath. Apply water where necessary especially new lawns which will not yet have deep roots. As with all plants, it is better to give one big soaking once or twice a week rather than small amounts daily. With light watering
rootlets come up to find the water and then get burned when the soil dries out.
Fruit trees - Keep the base of all fruit trees free of weeds. Treat any Scale on Citrus trees. Their
presence is often indicated by Sooty Mould or ants running up into the trees. Prepare nets for plums, apricots and early peaches.
How many of us ‘accidentally’ stand on snails travelling across footpaths when out walking?
Is it only me???
Bits and pieces
As we know – tomatoes are officially a fruit. The confusion arose after the 1890’s
when the US Supreme Court named them a vegetable for taxation purposes.
Potatoes were the first food to be grown in space. In 1996 potato plants were taken into space by the space shuttle, Columbia.
your hair with beetroots is a way to add a temporary reddish tint to your hair.
Eggplant is known as ‘crazy apple’ in Italy due to widespread belief that a diet rich with Melazana (egg plant) leads to madness.
Please support our Club sponsors: This is especially relevant now, as many businesses have suffered during
the Covid lockdown. Our Rose specialist sponsor, Kurinda Roses, now has an abundance of potted roses in flower. As well as sales at their Warragul-Lardner Road property Roses are also available at several markets including Rokeby and Longwarry.
- 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
Printing of this newsletter courtesy Gary Blackwood MLA and staff, 3/24 Mason Street, Warragul. 5623 1960