Rosy outlook for gardens in main street
THE rose gardens in the main street of Biggenden are about to get some extra loving care.
Following concerns from the community that the roses were deteriorating, the North Burnett Regional Council invited rose experts Pam and Randall Barton, of Kalbar, to come and give their opinion.
As part of the visit, the Bartons conducted soil and water testing, identified rose varieties and made recommendations about which specimens were performing well and which need rejuvenating and those that were nearing the end of their lifespan and needed replacing.
Mr Barton said the majority of the roses were in good health and would respond well to a bit of TLC.
“Generally the roses are in good health, but some are suffering from lack of nutrients and prolonged effects of disease such as scale, which can be easily improved with fertiliser, pruning and organic pest control,” he said.
With the assistance of community garden volunteers and council parks and garden staff, the North Burnett Regional Council will keep as many of the existing roses as possible.
The plan is for all the healthy roses in the first garden bed, located opposite the QCWA building, to be replanted in the three remaining garden beds to fill in gaps created by dead roses.
The soil condition of the first bed will be improved with compost before being replanted with new species of hardy roses suited to local growing conditions.
HELPING HAND: Biggenden's Derek Simpson with rose experts Pam and Randall Barton.