Tips for a wonderful winter garden

From the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club

Learn how to tend to roses in the garden at the next garden club meeting

If Covid restrictions are not in force, the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club will meet at the Enoggera Memorial Hall on Thursday, 5th August. The guest speaker, Barbara Beerling, will talk about ‘Roses in General’. Barbara is a qualified horticulturalist who specialises in roses, fruit trees, pruning, disease control and plant identification. So attending this meeting is an opportunity to have your queries solved.

This month, July, begins a new financial year. Every financial year, the Brisbane City Council‘s Free Native Plants Program makes free native plants available to eligible members of the community and to community groups. Those with a residential rate notice should take this notice to a B.C.C. regional centre or library where they will be given a voucher and a list of participating nurseries from which the plants are available. More details are given on www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/free-native-plants-program.

At this time of year, to maintain steady growth in your garden, apply liquid fertilizer to your vegetables and flowering plants. Look for swelling on branches of citrus trees.  This could indicate the presence of the citrus gall wasp and should be pruned away and deposited in the rubbish bin, not the compost heap.  If you want to plant deciduous trees and shrubs or citrus trees, now is a good time to do it. Take care to make sure the union where the tree has been grafted to the root stock is well above the mulch level, and do not feed them for 4 to 6 weeks, otherwise the new growth could end up with leaf burn. Watch out for powdery mildew on your soft leaf plants or vines.  A spray with one part full cream milk and ten parts water should correct this, or use a fungicide.

At the June meeting, the exhibitors presented a beautiful display of choice material. A Highly Commended Award was given to Bernie Corvi for her cut of an Orange Triumph Rose.

The hall is situated in Trundle Street, Enoggera and is accessible by wheelchair.  Meetings commence immediately after morning tea which is served at 9.45 a.m. Visitors and new members are most welcome.

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