Gal­ston Gar­den Club

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Gardening -

Brrr…what a cold June night it was for our meet­ing last month, mem­bers came rugged up in bean­ies, coats & scarves, the cold was not go­ing to keep them away. How­ever in no time at all, the warmth of the hall & warm friendly chat­ter soon had ev­ery­one warmed up. The hall again looked lovely with masses of camel­lias & salvias now in bloom and brought along for Show & Tell.

Three years ago the Gal­ston Gar­den Club do­nated an oak tree to the newly formed South­ern High­lands Botanic Gar­dens. We re­ceived a photo this month show­ing how well it was do­ing but best of all it has pro­duced an acorn! So it must be feel­ing right at home & it was very ex­cit­ing to mem­bers to see their con­tri­bu­tion to the Botanic Gar­den do­ing so well.

Our Guest Speaker this month was Stel­lina Tre­strail , the Agri­cul­ture and Pri­mary In­dus­tries Co­or­di­na­tor from North­holm Gram­mar School who spoke on Aquapon­ics. An en­thu­si­as­tic speaker she told us how she came about in­cor­po­rat­ing Aquapon­ics into the school agri­cul­tural syl­labus. Aquapon­ics is very sim­i­lar to hy­dro­pon­ics; how­ever the nu­tri­ents are supplied by fish. Ba­si­cally, us­ing two large con­tain­ers with fish in the bot­tom one & plants in the top one, the wa­ter with the fish waste is pumped up, fil­trated & flows through the bed above fil­tered again to re­turn to the fish tank as fresh wa­ter. The plants above are planted in a grow­ing medium of any one of the fol­low­ing, smooth road gravel, sco­ria or clay pel­lets. The fish/plant re­la­tion­ship works very well, the wa­ter is to­tally re­cy­cled best of all you only need 10% of the wa­ter that you would need to grow veg­eta­bles in the gar­den. Aquapon­ics is great for the home gar­dener or bal­cony gar­dener, very sim­ple to set up, an easy sys­tem to run, you don’t need a lot of skill as well as be­ing ex­cel­lent for grow­ing herbs & leafy veg­eta­bles like kale, let­tuce as well as many oth­ers. There is a large amount of in­for­ma­tion on the in­ter­net mainly from Mur­ray Hal­lam from Queens­land an ex­pert in the field & only too happy to spread the ben­e­fits of Aquapon­ics. The other ben­e­fit of aquapon­ics is by us­ing fish breeds such as Sil­ver Perch or trout you can breed them to eat­ing size or you can just go dec­o­ra­tive & use Koi. Stel­lina is more than happy to pass on the knowl­edge she has gained to oth­ers also in­ter­ested in this amaz­ing way of gar­den­ing.

We have 9 gar­dens that we will be pre­sent­ing for our Open Gar­dens Week­end in Oc­to­ber. So save the date 19th, 20th & 21st Oc­to­ber. Come along & have a lovely time which helps us raise much needed funds for the many char­i­ties we sup­port. If you are in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a spon­sor or would like to do­nate to our mega raf­fle, please con­tact Open Gar­dens Con­venor Bill Fleming on 96532394 or email: wflem­ing@ primu­son­

We hope to see you at our next club meet­ing & 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. gal­ston­gar­den­

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