Meeting: October 2013

 

This month’s meeting was held at Laurie’s home in Mornington, being a sunny spring morning we had our discussions on his patio overlooking his garden. Being out in the garden was a nice way to have a garden club meeting. We started by ordering club polo shirts with our new logo and Bjarne gave us updates on our website, including a newly designed prospective member form designed for distribution through shops.

Members’s discussed their gardens, a few interesting things were raised such as Andrew mentioned his capsicums weren’t doing much although it was said that for good fruit

development, night temperatures of 15–17°C and day temperatures of 24–30°C are needed.

Brenton explained his growth was still a bit slow and recently in his inland location has had frosts which indicates temperatures are still a bit cold. John S. informed us of a tomato seedling of his which had it’s stem snapped and instead of throwing it away he kept it going and it has since recovered with a new stem and is growing vigorously.

David F. has asked members for feed back on the performance of our recent tomato seedling ‘Montenagro’ so we know if we should get them next year.

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You don’t have to garden long to become acquainted with the disease called powdery mildew, it has been found that it can be controlled with regular sprays of milk and water. It was suggested that a 30% milk and 70% water mix works well and others have also used powdered milk. Like other fungicides, milk sprays work best when used preventatively, before the disease can gain a foothold. If you often see powdery mildew on your precious plants, start milk sprays before the plants show signs of infection. You have nothing to lose beyond a cup of milk.

Laurie displayed his crop of ‘Albion’ strawberries, a variety well suited to Victorian conditions, which included a variety of plump ripe fruit. Lucy mentioned she had a good source of sturdy polystyrene boxes which she fills with Terra soiless mix and hand waters.

And finally Gerry told about a Bolivian chilli he grew to 8′ tall and which was a prolific bearer of fruit although being hot he had it as an ornamental plant because of it’s spectacular size. Apparently two are needed to be planted for pollination.

Until next meeting

Pete Funnell

Paint & Garden

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