Wyatt digs the dirt

North Bur­nett’s green thumbs gather to meet gar­den­ing guru

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

FOR­GET about a lamb roast with Tom Cruise, the flavour of the month in Biggenden is TomWy­att and his recipes for get­ting rid of the bugs in your gar­den.

The ABC gar­den­ing guru was in town on Satur­day and de­lighted and en­ter­tained his au­di­ence with his sense of hu­mour and his prac­ti­cal an­swers to their ques­tions.

Coun­cil­lor LoftyWendt was over the moon af­ter the visit.

“It was a great day,” he said.

“What im­pressed me was the num­ber of peo­ple who turned up from Gayn­dah and Mun­dub­bera.

“Tom had the crowd absolutely en­thralled.

“When Tom left Satur­day af­ter­noon he said to me ‘I’ll be back’.”

MrWy­att said it was great to meet such en­thu­si­as­tic gar­den­ers dur­ing the visit.

“I was sur­prised at the wide range of plants grown in the area and how well they tol­er­ated the ele­ments,” he said.

“You don’t know what will grow un­til some­one tries it.”

Of the rose gar­dens in the main street, MrWy­att said their big­gest prob­lem was they needed “a pro­lific feed­ing pro­gram”.

“Ev­ery­one has an opin­ion but I wouldn’t be pulling the rose bushes out,” he said.

“In­stead I would be fer­til­is­ing them and prun­ing them back to get more pro­lific growth for flow­er­ing and then sit back and en­joy the colour.

“I’m af­ter the wow fac­tor for peo­ple to talk about.”

On Satur­day af­ter­noon MrWy­att helped the busi­nesses in Ed­ward St plant up their adopted pots.

“In eight to 10 weeks they will be at their mag­nif­i­cent peak,” he said.

“I see Biggenden as one of the fu­ture life­style cen­tres in Queens­land.”

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

EN­TER­TAIN­ING: ABC gar­den­ing guru Tom Wyatt ad­dresses the crowd in Biggenden.

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