Tips and Tricks from the Mitchelton Gardening Club

Many new members have started to exhibit items from their gardens on the show bench and it is evident they are not aware there are rules governing how exhibits should be presented for judging.  Margaret Morrow will be guest speaker at the meeting of the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club on 5th July at the Enoggera Memorial Hall, Trundle Street, Enoggera.  She will talk about Exhibiting on the Show Bench.

When the winners of prize cards is announced, the judge usually gives constructive criticism.  While this is helpful, the exhibitors need to know the rules, e.g. the specimen should be fresh, clean and free from blemishes such as insect attack or disease.  The exhibit should be exactly what is stated on the show schedule.  If one rose is stated, a rose with a bud will be disqualified.  The same result would occur if there were two plants in a class for one potted herb.  Margaret will have much more to convey, so exhibitors, this is the meeting to attend to gain much knowledge

Meetings commence after morning tea which is served at 9.45 a.m.  Visitors and new members are most welcome.  The hall is close to public transport and accessible by wheel chair.

If you have japonica camellias, early June is the time to gently twist off the flower buds to leave one or two buds in each cluster.  This action will let the buds that remain develop into large well formed blooms.  Should you find small trees or shrubs are not doing well in their present position, they may be relocated before the really cold weather begins, but this is not recommended for native plants.  Herbaceous perennials may be lifted and divided too and it is a good time to do formative pruning of young fruit trees to develop a strong branch framework. Vegetable growers may still plant carrots, cauliflowers, broccoli, onions, peas, beans, garlic, and celery. Also potatoes can go in too.

This club meets on the first Thursday of the calendar month except January.  For more information please phone Pat, the president, on 3356 1256.


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