Gal­ston Gar­den Club

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Gardening -

It al­ways amazes me that there is still so much that you can learn about gar­den­ing and the va­ri­ety of in­ter­ests that are catered for, from the ca­sual gar­dener to the pro­fes­sional nurs­ery­man.

Leanne John­ston, our Guest Speaker this month, is an En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­en­tist with Hornsby Shire Coun­cil and her talk on how to make our gar­dens Crit­ter Friendly from tiny in­sects to large mar­su­pi­als gave us many ideas that we can in­cor­po­rate into our gar­den, large or small.

From the ba­sic premise that mulching cre­ates habi­tat for in­sects by pro­mot­ing hum­mus and com­post, to group­ing grasses in clumps of threes, each 2 me­tres apart so that small birds can flee to safety. Then onto the dif­fer­ent types of plants that en­cour­ages small birds (hint….choose na­tives with small flow­ers so that the larger birds don’t com­pete for the nec­tar.) She en­cour­aged us to think about the an­i­mals that al­ready ex­ist in your gar­den and how to en­cour­age and keep them in your gar­den by pro­vid­ing nat­u­ral food sources, homes/shel­ter from preda­tors and the el­e­ments as well as wa­ter. While your gar­den may not be big, she sug­gested cre­at­ing a small patch of na­tive grasses and shrubs in large pots and hang­ing bas­kets if nec­es­sary. Ev­ery­body can hang up a Bee Ho­tel some­where! She left us with three good gar­den­ing habits that will en­cour­age wildlife into your gar­den.

1) Min­imise chem­i­cal use by man­ual re­moval and ob­serv­ing your plants. If the plant is not look­ing good, ad­dress the prob­lem early, 2) plant some lo­cal species and

3) mulch. Leanne rec­om­mended the At­las of Liv­ing Aus­tralia web­site where you can look up your street and find how many species are in your street.

Our Guest Speaker next month will be Ross Bol­well from Bloomin’ Green­ery Nurs­ery An­nan­grove. He be will speak­ing on be­go­nias. We hope to see you at one of our club meet­ings and to join us for an­other happy gar­den­ing year.

Gar­den Club meets on the 2nd Weds of the month at the Gal­ston Com­mu­nity Cen­tre 37 Ar­ca­dia Rd., Gal­ston 8.00pm, new mem­bers are warmly wel­comed. For other in­for­ma­tion, visit our web­site: www. gal­ston­gar­den­club.

Our cut­tings ta­ble was very pop­u­lar this month as a large num­ber of plants were made freely avail­able from mem­bers gar­dens for strik­ing. It is al­ways a thrill when a plant takes and, even­tu­ally, you can plant it in your gar­den.

Our Pres­i­dent and Sec­re­tary at­tended the Inau­gu­ral UNSH Rose Show evening pre­sen­ta­tion at the Gal­ston Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on 8th April. What a mar­vel­lous dis­play of roses with a large num­ber of en­trants; a great en­cour­age­ment for the com­mit­tee who had ob­vi­ously worked very hard to put on the show.

Re­mem­ber…save the date for our Open Gar­dens Week­end 19th, 20th & 21st Oc­to­ber. If you would like to be a part of this won­der­ful week­end by open­ing your gar­den, please con­tact our Open Gar­dens Con­venor Bill Flem­ing on 96532394 or email: wflem­ing@primu­son­

Mem­bers at our cut­tings ta­ble

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